Paper 1 - Tricia Mittman Communications 101 Keeping up with the Kardashians Explored Through a Media Studies Perspective The reality program

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Tricia Mittman 9/20/2010 Communications 101 Keeping up with the Kardashians Explored Through a Media Studies Perspective The reality program Keeping Up with the Kardashians , on the E! network, 1
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follows the Jenner-Kardashian family through their everyday lives as a celebrity family. Kris Jenner, formerly Kris Kardashian, has four children from her first marriage, Khloe, Kim, Kourtney, and Rob. After the death of her first husband, she married Bruce Jenner, and together they share two young teenage daughters, Kendall and Kylie. In the episode “The Missing Ring”, two storylines take place; one regarding Khloe’s misplaced engagement ring and the other involving a territorial fight between Kris and Bruce that takes center stage. Kris is portrayed in a negative light throughout the episode due to her actions, narratization, camera direction, and the theories of equilibrium and binary opposition. Kris decides to renovate the family garage to create a cleaner space with more storage. However, the new garage leaves Bruce without enough space to put his things, and Kris belittles his distress. This causes the two to erupt in a series of intense arguments, many in front of their young daughters. Both Kris and Bruce don’t realize the effect of their fighting on the girls until Kendall approaches her mother asking if they are getting a divorce. Kris is astonished that her actions had such a profound effect on her daughter, and ensures her everything will be all right. Kendall’s concern triggers Kris to apologize to Bruce, and the episode closes with the pair cuddling in bed together. Throughout the episode, the viewer is lead to believe that Kris is at fault. She is often seen exploding at Bruce, such as when she finds that he has moved his belongings into her office. She rants, “OK psycho – WHAT THE HELL? You’ve lost your mind. So pick it all up little boy, and take your toys, and go 2
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home.” Her arguments are weak and irrational, as when she explains that, “as far as I’m concerned, he can store all of his toys in the shed in the backyard.” It is completely unreasonable to propose that your husband, whom you share a home with, would have to keep his belongings outside of the home. Kris is inadvertently
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2011 for the course COMM 211 taught by Professor Traubaut during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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Paper 1 - Tricia Mittman Communications 101 Keeping up with the Kardashians Explored Through a Media Studies Perspective The reality program

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