“The Guilty Pleasure of Watching Like Big Brother:Privacy
Attitudes,Voyeurism & Reality Programs
Dr. Lemi Baruh
Annenberg School for
University of Pennsylvania
Wednesday, June13, 2007
Abstract: Since becoming a staple of primetime
reality programs have frequently been portrayed as a sign of base
contemporary society’s fascination with the private lives of others.
the frequency of such comments, however, there is little research about
relationship between reality programming, voyeurism and privacy. This
presentation provides an overview of a dissertation thesis project that
addresses this void by investigating how television viewers’
tendencies and privacy expectations factor into the choices they make
watching reality programs.