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TV Dating as a Mediated Dating Text

  • Chao Yang
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Abstract

This chapter employs an active audience reception framework to explore Chinese youth’s understanding of and attitudes towards the most popular reality TV dating programme in post-reform China. As an open-ended dating text, the TV dating programme If You Are the One becomes a site for Chinese youth to carry out diverse examinations regarding its authenticity and further serves as an important modern template for the audience to decode love and romance in an everyday setting. By examining audiences’ understandings about the interests of the production team and the ‘ordinary’ guests, the role of reality TV, especially the dating programme in audiences’ identity construction, is explored.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chao Yang
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  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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