|Chapter title||Documentary modes of engagement|
|Editors||Austin, T. and de Jong, W.|
One of the most distinctive aspects of documentary studies has been the attention given to documentary modes of representation. In his analysis of documentary modes, Bill Nichols refers to a ‘constituency of viewers’, asking the question: ‘what are the assumptions and expectations that characterise the viewing of a documentary?’ (1991: 24). He argues that just as there are documentary modes of representation, there is also a ‘documentary mode of engagement for the viewer’ (25). Modes of representation and engagement are connected as audience responses to documentary are part of the socio-cultural contexts of production. Rather than focus on representation I want to address the under explored issue of documentary modes of engagement. By using quantitative and qualitative research, we can see what viewer’s have to say about their various documentary experiences. In this article, the focus is on British television audiences and their responses to contemporary television documentary.
|Keywords||Documentary, audiences, reality TV|
|Book title||Rethinking documentary: new perspectives, new practices|
|Publisher||Open University Press|
|Place of publication||Maidenhead|