reality and reinforces "law and order ideology" are the main foci of this paper.Methodologically based on the cultural studies approach and Fiske’sconcept of codes of televison, this paper will first explain the conception of reality TV, the popularity of the reality-based crime program
, andFiske’s concept of codes of televison; then closely look at its new programformat, blurring the distinction between informational and entertainment programming, to understand how it represents "raw reality", its own versionof "the real"; then focus on exploring how, while
purports to present"raw reality", it reinforces "law and order ideology" through varioustechniques that prompt viewers to identify with and share the point-of-viewof the police; finally conclude by engaging in a struggle for meaning, whichfights against the values of the dominant ideology and of the social system.
: Reality TV, reality-based crime programming, observationaldocumentary,
, mediated reality, infotainment, media logic, fear of crime, codes of television, law and order ideology, intertextuality, polysemy.