INDEX
Page numbers in italics refer to figures.
advertising, 304
aesthetic of authenticity, 20, 33n39, 128–29,
130, 136
affect: and aggression, 327–29; and anxieties in
relation to race and class, 279–80n17, 306;
and the grotesque body, 308; and the horror
aesthetic, 318, 329, 337n5, 338n22; and a hor-
ror in excess, 170, 172, 188, 260, 266, 275; and
hysteria, 323–24; and “public feelings” of
disaster, 260–61, 263–66, 269; and rtv 20,
29; and simultaneous intimacy and distance,
65. See also fat politics
ageism, 43–46
A-List, The, 66, 69
All-American Muslim, 32n22, 175
Amber, Jeannine, 31n20
American Dream: and affective entitlements,
214–15; as a form of labor, 111; as gendered
narrative, 79; as immigrant narrative, 86, 89,
111; as race- and class-free meritocracy, 99
American Family, An, 13, 32n25, 170
American Gladiators, 192, 194, 203
American Idol, 6, 22, 28, 53n34
Americanness, 100, 104–5, 108, 117; and affec-
tive elements of, 214–15, 217; and issues of
race, 23, 206, 324–25, 329–33; and mandatory
upward mobility, 24, 28–29, 102, 117; and
national identity crises, 171
America’s Next Top Model, 6, 28
Andrejevic, Mark, 4, 30n4, 55, 56, 57, 87, 89,
297n1
Apprentice, The, 6
Australian Princess, 102
authenticity and performance, 4–5, 15, 17,
29n4, 55–56, 64, 68, 70, 71, 112–16, 128–29,
206, 303; and aesthetic of authenticity, 20,
33n39; and ethnicity, 204–7; and lesbian
authenticity, 139; and masculinity, 193–94,
201–7, 208, 333; in relation to self-transfor-
mation, 40, 130
Baby Borrowers, The, 24, 235, 236, 240, 241,
244–48, 282
Bachelor, The, 3, 8–9, 10, 17–18
Banet-Weiser, Sarah, 99, 285–86
Basketball Wives, 31
Baudrillard, Jean, 200, 202
Bayou Billionaires, 173
Beam, Dorri, 338n21
Beck, Martha, 110, 121n36
Becoming Chaz, 101
Beirne, Rebecca, 139
Bendix, Trish, 142
Berlant, Lauren, 27, 123, 144n1,
Berton, Pierre, 182–83
Big Brother, 13, 27, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 55, 60, 63,
211, 217–21, 224, 226, 227
Biggest Loser, The, 6, 7, 11, 17, 31–32n21, 102, 299,
300, 303, 304, 307, 311
Biressi, Anita, 4, 33–34n41, 40
Blair Witch Project, The, 317–18, 337n5
Bolick, Kate, 88
Bono, Chaz, 101, 144n9
Bourdieu, Pierre, 102, 308–9
Boy Meets Boy, 9
Bragg, Billy, 229n25
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