The Irony Bribe and Reality Television: Investment and Detachment in The Bachelor

@article{Cloud2010TheIB,
  title={The Irony Bribe and Reality Television: Investment and Detachment in The Bachelor},
  author={D. Cloud},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  year={2010},
  volume={27},
  pages={413 - 437}
}
  • D. Cloud
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
In season 11 of the ABC reality television program The Bachelor, bachelor Brad Womack refused to choose a mate, thus breaking the romantic contract that is the essence of this reality show. In doing so, Womack exposed the emptiness of the mythic romantic script, prompting both invested outrage and ironic detachment among viewers. An analysis of the contradictions upon which the show's fantasy founders (thus encouraging an ironic response), alongside exploration of fan discussion board discourse… Expand
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