Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Reality television, and the program Survivor in particular, have quickly become a powerful social force in Europe and America. The author explored the possibility that Survivor audience members use and obtain gratifications from the program that increases, or enhances, their sociability. Uses and Gratifications Media Theory was used to determine why reality programs in general are watched; Results indicated that some viewers may use the program Survivor as a social tool, but these viewers were not necessarily non-social to begin with. Results also indicated that the reasons why viewers choose to watch reality programming are surprisingly similar across the genre.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Wilkerson, Shelley Elizabeth, "Sociability and "Survivor"" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1860.