Vol 34, No 1 (2009)


Cover Page

Shirley With Her Colour Cards
by Lorna Roth.

This photo was taken at the Fuji Film and Television Research Lab headquarters in Mt. Fuji, Japan, in 2004. It is part of an ongoing series of colour balance imagery related to Lorna Roth’s international research on technologies, skin colour, and sociocultural cognition. Her book, Colour Balance: Race, Technologies, and “Intelligent Design” is in progress. For more information about her work visit http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/comm/faculty/roth.html.

Table of Contents

Guest Editorial

Jean Bruce


That’s Me: Nationalism and Identity on Balkan Reality TV
Zala Volcic, Mark Andrejevic
The Paradox of National Identity: Region, Nation, and Canadian Idol
Boulou Ebanda de B’béri, Ruth Middlebrook
Reality TV Formats: The Case of Canadian Idol
Doris Baltruschat
Chasing the Public: The CBC and the Debate Over Factual Entertainment on Canadian Airwaves
Derek Foster
Home Improvement Television: Holmes on Homes Makes it Right
Jean Bruce
Wild Bodies and True Lies: Carnival, Spectacle, and the Curious Case of Trailer Park Boys
Patricia Hughes-Fuller
Looking at Shirley, the Ultimate Norm: Colour Balance, Image Technologies, and Cognitive Equity
Lorna Roth


Strategies of Representing the Pain of Others: The Video Advocacy Institute
Liz Miller, Martin Allor


Who Will Inherit the Airwaves? Third Annual Dr. Gail Guthrie Valaskakis Lecture on Diversity in Canadian Media
Rita Shelton Deverell

In Memoriam

Paul Attallah: 1954-2009
Michael Dorland

Review Essay

Cosmic McLuhan
Richard Cavell
Reading Television
Paul Attallah


Programming Reality: Perspectives on English-Canadian Television
Andrea Braithwaite
Television Truths: Forms of Knowledge in Popular Culture
Zoë Druick
The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina
Brian C.W. Gorman
News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment
James Compton
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