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Download Documentary’s Awkward Turn: Cringe Comedy & Media Spectatorship
Author: Jason Middleton | Isbn: 978-0415721073 | File size: 2 Mb | Year: 2013 | Pages: 200 | Language: English | File format: PDF | Category: Culture
This book brilliantly analyzes the formal techniques, affective qualities, and ethical implications of the comedic turn in documentary film and reality television that was instigated by the work of Christopher Guest and Michael Moore and has culminated in prank films and reaction videos. Jason Middleton presents a sophisticated and readable rumination on a serious subject, drawing upon theoretical discourses of comedy, spectatorship, and shame to argue that intentional and unintentional awkward moments define the temporal and emotional lacunae of the post-Fordist workplace depicted in The Office; destabilize documentary authority itself in films by Sacha Baron Cohen and the Yes Men; and promote ethical detachment in de-realized images proffered by reaction videos.