This article begins by establishing a rationale for not only teaching with reality television in the communication classroom, but also taking a theory-based approach to doing so. A theoretical framework for the pedagogical use of reality TV—semiotic theory, based on the work of Peirce— is presented. The discussion then moves to a specific outline of a sample classroom activity that demonstrates a semiotic approach, using the BRAVO TV website as a means of illustrating and teaching Cultural Studies Theory. The author concludes by qualifying the case for using reality TV as one—but not the only—means of teaching communication, and offers other alternative texts and media sources that can also help instructors illustrate abstract communication theories and concepts for their students.
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Rahoi-Gilchrest, Rita L.
"The Semiotics of Teaching with Reality TV: A Theory-Based Approach to Teaching and Modeling Communication Theory,"
Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota Journal: Vol. 38
, Article 8.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ctamj/vol38/iss1/8