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  • There are loads of different religions in the house so that is a decline of the meta narrative. Also, it is not told from one persons point of view, we see what is going on with everybody and the diary room shows everybody's point of view. No morals or script, the audience makes up their own view on the characters as opposed to being told what to think.
  • This diagram shows how ‘reality’ in the programme is not reality at all as there is many mediated sources running throughout the show. The diagram shows that we are the viewers at home, we are watching the TV, On the TV we are watching the crowds watching the big screen, the crowd watching the big screen are watching the housemates who are watching the big screen inside the house. On the big screen is another housemate who is also watching a screen inside the diary room! So we are watching through the eyes of several people in this reality clip which is very post modern. This is a type of mirroring and we see all the levels of simulacrum. It used to be a crowd going to watch a live event which would be a very classic way of viewing but we now have all these types of media showing media within itself.
  • Big brother displays the breakdown between culture and society becausethey have 12 housemates all from 12 different social and racial backgrounds. Each series big brother hopes to create interesting TV by introducing the most diverse housemates possible. This can be too assist creative television or to provoke clashes between them. All the housemates believe in different religions from one another. This is different from when everybody who lived together would believe in the same thing and near enough the same religions so it is a conflicting house with completely different cultures and beliefs.
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    • 1. Big Brother – Postmodern Media
      Hayley, Alice ,James and Melissa
    • 2. Confusion over space and time
      • Takes a selection of edited footage from 24 hours a day to 1 hour .
      • 3. Housemates refer to the ‘Outside World’ and ‘Real World’ although they are in the real world but illusion.
      • 4. Editors can manipulate the confusion over space and time, e.g. If one housemate talks about another housemate and states something which they are doing, the editors will purposely capture the footage of this housemate. As an audience we view the program in a chronological order and see things as if they are happening straight after each other however time can be confused as footage is edited throughout each day.
    • Style over Substance
      “In the future everybody will have their fifteen minutes of fame”- Andy Warhol (famous Postmodernist)
      Jade Goody
    • 5. Jade Goody entered the Big Brother house in 2002. Previous to the programme Jade was a working class nurse who was in a great amount of debt.
      Whilst in the house she didn’t prove to be popular with the public ,82% of the public voted to evict her rather than Shilpa Shetty.
      After her time in Big Brother Jade made a living out newspaper and magazine deals and became a successful celebrity without actually being talented in anything.
      This proves that in today's society it is possible for anyone to become famous.
      Style over substance
      (celebrity without talent)
    • 6. Audience Involvement
      - Big Brother has a totally different audience involvement compared to Other TV Dramas i.e. Friends.
      - Us as an audience determine the actual characters who enter the house as it is members of the general public who audition
      http://tvshack.net/tv/Big_Brother__UK_/season_10/episode_1/(3.46)
      • We also decide who stays and who leaves the programme by voting for the characters
      • 7. Other programmes such as Big Brothers Big Mouth and Big Brothers Little brother are centred around the programme. Both rely on audience involvement who make up the studio audience to give the programme meaning. The public’s opinion is essential.
      • 8. Public opinion sways the way the tabloids represent characters. They represent characters in a way they think that the public view them in order to sell copies.
      • 9. Big Brother is a programme that thrives off making money from its audience!!
    • Decline of the Meta-Narrative
      The fact that it is real life people being filmed shows the decline because there has not been a set storyline. Nobody knows beforehand what will happen in the show, even the characters themselves are unaware. This allows the audience to form their own view on the characters as their opinions have not been manipulated by the ‘author’ of a script.
      Also, there is a wide range of cultures and beliefs within the house, that means there is no single meta-narrative which joins the housemates.
      http://tvshack.net/tv/Big_Brother__UK_/season_10/episode_1/
      The argument between Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty shows how the different religions and cultures in the house can cause problems.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSvp5JJO4s&feature=related
    • 10. Breakdown between culture and societySimulacrum
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl9jNhQtpB8 Big brother is a simulacrum of society. The example I have found is this video. What happens is that the housemates are watching the screen in the house about another housemate who is watching a screen which is a message from her family. This is a very big simulacrum as the diagram below shows.
      screen
      housemate
      Screen
      Housemates
      Big screen
      Crowd outside house
      TV
      Viewer at home
    • 11. Stephen Baldwin
      Devote Christian
      ShilpaShetty
      Hindu
      HiraHabibshah
      Muslim
      Kathreyakasisopa
      Buddhist
      Vinnie Jones
      Atheist
    • 12. Clash of cultures
      This is the negative side to what the different cultures can bring as the video shows, there is a clear clash between the two cultures as they are from two completely different backgrounds.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVSvp5JJO4s
    • 13. This is the positive effect of having different cultures in the house together, this clip shows how one housemate, stephen, introduces another housemate, Alex to his religion.
      http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/big_brother/2808964/Big-Brothers-Stephen-and-Alex-Reid-the-Bible.html

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