My Real Imaginary Friends : Icarly And The Power Of Hyperreality

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In, “My Real Imaginary Friends: iCarly and the Power of Hyperreality,” Jason LaTouche argues that the Nickelodeon television series iCarly introduced new effective techniques into the hyperreality television category and effectively represents the techniques used in older hyperreality television shows. He also explains why people become so immersed in these types of shows by discussing the techniques producers use to manipulate their audiences’ minds. LaTouche defines hyperreality as a person’s conscience not being able to tell the difference between fact and fiction. He also describes how directors of television series have spent years trying to perfect the use of this technique. LaTouche gives the reader brief information on the success of iCarly and what it has added to the hyperreality category. For instance, the show has its own website, which allows its fans to interact with the main characters, but the producers control every comment that is posted. This allows the producers to remove any comments that pertain to the actual world, which forces their audience to believe that the characters are actually real. Doing this allowed the producers to increase the fan involvement in the television series, which increased the airtime of the show. After introducing his subject and the success it had, LaTouche provides examples of how iCarly used old techniques from other television series. These techniques include confusing the audience by closely reflecting the lives of…

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