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Truth and ConsequencesGame Shows in Fiction and Film$
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Mike Miley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496825384

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496825384.001.0001

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Fear Factor

Fear Factor

Game Shows, State Power, and Death

Chapter:
(p.174) Round Four Fear Factor
Source:
Truth and Consequences
Author(s):

Mike Miley

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496825384.003.0005

The works discussed transpose the conceit of The Most Dangerous Game to the world of commercial broadcast entertainment, pitting characters against each other in competition for the ultimate prize: their own lives. Round Four discusses how the game show has come to represent the political and personal dangers of citizenship in an America governed by a late-capitalist consumerism that has morphed into a new brand of totalitarianism that turns people into trivial objects and trivial objects into subjects of the highest importance. The “reality” of these games and their rules represent a simulated and heavily mediated environment posing as real to conceal a sinister truth. In order to challenge the dominance of this inverted world order, the protagonists must first defeat totalitarianism’s synecdoche: the game show.

Keywords:   Hunger Games, Running Man, Reality television, Game show, Surveillance

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