Becoming Extra-Ordinary: Negotiation of Media Power in the Case of Super Girls’ Voice in China

@article{Cui2010BecomingEN,
  title={Becoming Extra-Ordinary: Negotiation of Media Power in the Case of Super Girls’ Voice in China},
  author={Li Na Cui and Francis L. F. Lee},
  journal={Popular Communication},
  year={2010},
  volume={8},
  pages={256 - 272}
}
This article aims at understanding the popularity and cultural and social significance of the highly prominent Chinese television show Super Girls' Voice (the 2005 season), a talent contest largely modeled upon “reality shows” such as American Idol in the United States and Pop Idol in the United Kingdom. We focus particularly on whether the show, as some critics have claimed, has altered the power relationship between the media and the audience. Theoretically, we follow Couldry's (2000… 

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