The current book asserts that reality television serves a broader social purpose than simple entertainment. Instead, this type of programing can best be understood as a revealing exposition on contemporary politics, culture, and social issues. Reality television addresses many different social groups. The book primarily examines the social and political messages conveyed by reality television to its viewers. Focusing on the notion of consumer citizenship, the study analyses the German television program Deutschland sucht den Superstar ("Germany seeks a Superstar") as a reflection of contemporary social and political issues in Germany.
Olena Prykhodko graduated from University of Bremen with a PhD degree in Cultural Studies. She works for the Program for Cultural Journalism at Berlin Career College, University of Arts.