Anikó Imre is Associate Professor and Chair of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Media Cultures in the New Europe.
Postsocialist Ethno-Racial Reality TV
This chapter concludes part I on genres of realism by returning to the comparison between socialist reality-based educational programs and the global reality formats that have flooded postsocialist screens since the early 1990s. While socialist programming revolved around the white, male citizen as the center of a taken-for-granted nationalism, reality TV has put minority characters in the spotlight. The chapter examines how celebrity reality television has exploded postsocialist national racial regimes. In particular, it has disclosed the unspoken role assigned to the Roma to mark the whiteness of nations from the inside and the role assigned to “foreign” racial minorities...