This paper explores the popular MTV show Making the Band as both commentary about the entertainment industry, and a cultural commodity from the entertainment industry. Specifically, it analyzes the program's symbolic construction of the entertainment industry, especially the portrayal of personal agency and decision-making. The concepts of pseudo-realism and advertainment are used to critique how the program targets desirable demographics and maintains a brand-friendly environment, thus influencing its portrayal. The paper describes how representations and framing of cultural production in Making the Band undermine accurate understanding and structural critique of influential media institutions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cultural Studies