Dr Ruth Deller explores why reality TV obsessed with the super-rich

‘It’s satisfying to learn the wealthy have problems’: why is reality TV obsessed with the super-rich? Reader in Media and Communication and the author of Reality Television: The TV Phenomenon That Changed the World, Dr Ruth Deller spoke to The Guardian about why reality TV often focuses on the super-rich. “Punching up rather than down is perhaps less problematic, especially […]

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Dr Ruth Deller: A review of 2020

Dr Ruth Deller, reader in media and communications spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield (listen again from 1.48.43) about the most successful TV shows of 2020. The interview discusses the important role TV played during the difficult year the nation faced. Top picks included the Netflix original The Crown, This Country, and Ghosts. Deller says the standout show of the year was […]

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Thursday 21 November – Lunchtime Seminar with Dr Ruth Deller (Reader in Media and Communication)

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Title: Reality TV in the age of social media Speaker: Dr Ruth Deller (Reader in Media and Communication) Abstract Reality TV and social media are two of the biggest media phenomena of recent years. Both have been endlessly written about, commented on, celebrated and criticised in both academic and ‘popular’ discourse – not least for the potential they offer ‘ordinary’ […]

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Wednesday 25 November 2015 – Lunchtime seminar with Dr Ruth Deller (Communication, SHU)

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Title: Soap opera anniversaries as media events Speaker: Dr Ruth Deller 2015 has seen three soap operas celebrate major anniversaries: EastEnders’ 30th, Neighbours’ 30th and Hollyoaks’ 20th. Recent years have also seen milestone anniversaries for Coronation Street and Emmerdale, whilst soap-like drama Casualty is currently gearing up for its 30th anniversary in 2016. In this presentation, I analyse the way […]

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Wednesday 5 November 2014 – Lunchtime Seminar with Dr Ruth Deller (Media & Communications, SHU)

Title: What is this Sims 4? PR, Promotion and Play during the launch of a new PC game Speaker: Dr Ruth Deller (Media & Communications, SHU) Dr Ruth Deller is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Programme Leader for Undergraduate Communications (Journalism, Media, PR, eComms). Her research interests are varied and she has published on topics including fan and audience […]

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