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The Ultimate Man The Ultimate Man Jonathan Lee Communications 101 Section 007 In all forms of media including reality TV shows, equilibrium, where potentially opposing forces are in balance (Iftkhar, S., January 18, 2011), is established from the beginning due to an audience’s foreknowledge of their culture. “The Ultimate Fighter” is a reality TV competition that showcases amateur mixed martial arts fighters living together, contending for an Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, contract. The producers for “The Ultimate Fighter” construct our society’s notion of what the ideal male figure is supposed to be and by
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The Ultimate Man manipulating the camera work and storyline, polarizing women, and the characterization of fighters, we are given a sense of which fighters to model ourselves after. “The Ultimate Fighter” is able to connect more strongly with its niche, or segmented audience (Branston & Stafford, 2010, p. 80), of mostly young adult and older male audience on a similar network of Spike TV and thus does not have to worry about appealing to a female audience or a more adolescent age group. The show instead builds upon an already testosterone filled fan base and ultimately gives them a forty minute viewing of what masculinity is supposed to look like. The opening credits for the show illustrates what the typical way of life for a fighter is like, one that is violent, hectic, and full of energy. All the opening credit shots, moving images produced by a single, continuous running of the camera (Iftkhar, S., January 20, 2011) are about half a second long which gives the audience a very uneasy feeling. The hectic movement of the camera and the lack of continuity, along with angry punk music in the background, allow the producers to showcase all the fighters and also provide almost a jungle- like atmosphere. As short clips of each fighter are played, their names are stained with animated blood, immediately applying violent combat with their name, or identity. Each shot of the fighter is either of them in the ring fighting someone else, or close ups on their faces looking straight at the camera without blinking or flinching. As viewers watch the show, they are engaged in looking into the fighter’s eyes in the same way that fighters lock eyes right before a fight. The producers play on the audience’s own fantasy of being a fighter and that a real man would not flinch or look away from the TV as well. The credits finally finish and the opening scene, a group of shots that constitute a formal unit (Iftkhar, S., January 20, 2011)starts right where the credits left off by a low angle shot where the camera looks up (Iftkhar, S., January 20, 2011) of George St. Pierre training. The camera angle, along with his tight fitting clothes demonstrate his
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