Documentary's Awkward Turn : Cringe Comedy and Media Spectatorship

By: Middleton, JasonMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandRoutledge Research in Cultural and Media Studies: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013Description: 1 online resource (201 p.)ISBN: 9781317952206Subject(s): Documentary films -- History and criticism | Documentary television programs -- History and criticism | Social interaction in motion pictures | Social interaction on televisionGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Documentary's Awkward Turn : Cringe Comedy and Media SpectatorshipDDC classification: 070.1/8 | 070.18 LOC classification: PN1995.9.D6 M46 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Awkward Moments; 1 Awkward Aesthetics: Michael Moore and Christopher Guest; 2 Awkwardly Reflected: Mirroring Anticelebrity in the Portrait Film; 3 Awkward Satire: Comedies of Deception; 4 Awkward Extremes: Reaction Videos and the ""Reactive Gaze""; 5 Awkward Moments, Endless Days: Feeling Time in The Office; Conclusion: Post-Awkward?; Bibliography; Index
Summary: Despite the prominence of ""awkwardness"" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of contemporary film and television comedy, it has yet to be adequately theorized in academic film and media studies. Documentary's Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats. It examines difficult and disrupted encounters between social actors on the screen, between filmmaker and subject, and between film and spectator. These encounters are, of course, often inter-connected. Awkwar
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of Figures; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Awkward Moments; 1 Awkward Aesthetics: Michael Moore and Christopher Guest; 2 Awkwardly Reflected: Mirroring Anticelebrity in the Portrait Film; 3 Awkward Satire: Comedies of Deception; 4 Awkward Extremes: Reaction Videos and the ""Reactive Gaze""; 5 Awkward Moments, Endless Days: Feeling Time in The Office; Conclusion: Post-Awkward?; Bibliography; Index

Despite the prominence of ""awkwardness"" as cultural buzzword and descriptor of a sub-genre of contemporary film and television comedy, it has yet to be adequately theorized in academic film and media studies. Documentary's Awkward Turn contributes a new critical paradigm to the field by presenting an analysis of awkward moments in documentary film and other reality-based media formats. It examines difficult and disrupted encounters between social actors on the screen, between filmmaker and subject, and between film and spectator. These encounters are, of course, often inter-connected. Awkwar

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Jason Middleton is Assistant Professor in the English Department and the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, and Director of the Program in Film and Media Studies, at the University of Rochester, USA. He is co-editor of the book Medium Cool: Music Videos from Soundies to Cellphones (2007).

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