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The session will run as a workshop, where our leading academic will present some academic background context and then you will work to reflect on the benefits and problems of reality TV, as well as creating some recommendations for change.

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Looking at Reality TV through a social science lens. Why does it matter and what should change?

Within this session, students will use the case study of reality TV to consider how we interpret data and how we create knowledge. Via the lens of reality TV, we will think carefully and critically about how media and culture influence our knowledge and the significance of using data appropriately. We constantly see facts and statistics shared about reality TV, as well as the content itself affecting our views on things (think Love Island and fashion trends!). So, as a group we will reflect on why this is important, as well as establishing some ideas for changes.

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