Please post your discussion questions on Ouellette & Hay's article, "Makeover Television," below, using the following as a guide:
1. What does reality TV have to do with contemporary citizenship, according to Ouellette and Hay?
2. What do Ouellette and Hay mean by "neoliberal reasoning"? What are its characteristics? How, according to Ouellette and Hay has government been "reinvented" in neoliberal terms?
3. What do Ouellette and Hay mean when they argue that television can be viewed as a "governmental technology" (473)? How does it "train" individuals to be particular kinds of citizens? What is the contemporary viewer supposed to do, according to these logics?
4. What do they mean by "post-welfare citizenship" (473)?
5. How is the "life intervention" show a particularly good example of the argument that Ouellette and Hay are advancing (see 476)?
6. And how does media convergence and interactivity participate in the workings of reality TV as a technology of governance?
7. What do Ouellette and Hay mean when they write that reality television (and ABC in particular) plays a role in "enacting an alternative to the state of welfare"?
8. Why are these developments troubling to Ouellette and Hay? What are some of the negative consequences that they reflect on in the conclusion?