The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences

By Katherine Sender | Go to book overview

APPENDIX I
Protocols

RECRUITMENT
Requests for participation were posted on show-specific and generic reality television message boards and blogs, with the moderators’ agreement. These posts linked to a simple webpage that directed respondents to one of four surveys on SurveyMonkey.com: one each for The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Starting Over, and What Not to Wear. Below is a reproduction of that recruitment text for the surveys.
Makeover Shows: Are They Trash Television or Inspiring Entertainment?
Love them or hate them, we are looking to hear everyone’s view of makeover shows. A team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania is studying what audiences think about some of the most popular television makeover shows. If you have watched any episodes of The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Starting Over, or What Not to Wear and would like to share your opinion—good or bad!—with us, we’d like to hear your thoughts. This survey takes about twenty minutes to complete. All responses are confidential and you can receive a copy of the final report if you want one.To choose a show you’d like to talk about, please click on the link below:
1. Biggest Loser
2. Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
3. Starting Over
4. What Not to Wear

Thank you for participating in our survey. If you have any questions, please e-mail Katherine Sender at [project e-mail address].


THE SURVEYS

There were four surveys from which respondents could choose one. These surveys were tailored from a generic version (reproduced below) that was adapted to the specifics of each show (for example, whether the show was serial or episodic, what the specific terms of the makeover were, how many candidates and hosts there were as well as their gender, race, and expertise, and so on). Closed-ended questions were followed by the options for answers; questions with no options were open-ended and respondents typed their response in a box provided. There were no word limits on open-ended answers.

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