Author: Ragan Fox
Category: Performing Arts
In the summer of 2010, Ragan Fox was one of twelve people selected to participate in the twelfth season of CBS's reality program Big Brother. The show heightens everyday life performance to a theatrical state where houseguests’ performances, no matter how humdrum, are turned into televisual entertainment and commodity. Offering a rare, autobigographical, and behind-the-scenes peek behind Big Brother's curtain, Fox provides a scholarly account of the show's casting procedures, secret soundstage interactions, and viewer involvement, while investigating how the program's producers, fans, and players theatrically render indentities of racial and sexual minorities. Using autoethnography, textual analysis, and spectator commentary as research, Fox reflects on and critiques how identity is constructed on reality television, and the various ways in which people from historically oppressed groups are depicted in mass media.