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Emerging platform identities: Big Brother UK and interactive multi-platform usage

Jones, Janet


Janet Jones


Ernest Mathijs

Janet Jones


Jones, J. (2005). Emerging platform identities: Big Brother UK and interactive multi-platform usage. In E. Mathijs, & J. Jones (Eds.), Big Brother International: Format, Critics, and Publics, 210-231. Wallflower Press

Publication Date May 1, 2005
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 210-231
Book Title Big Brother International: Format, Critics, and Publics
ISBN 9781904764199
Keywords Big Brother, multi-platform
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Additional Information Additional Information : Jones was the first UK academic to conduct a web-based reception study of the reality television programme, Big Brother, through the Channel 4 site in 2000 - 2003. It was the only study of its kind internationally to be grounded on a large database of information (over 70,000 questionnaires accessed over 4 years.) This chapter, and the book in which it appears, extends an earlier sole-authored refereed journal article. See output 2.The book in which this chapter appears, co-edited with Mathjis has been extensively cited and reviewed since publication, including: Media, Culture and Society (2006) Vol 28 No 5, p804, and Participations: The Journal of Audience and Reception Studies (2006) Vol 2 No 1. A review in the Times Higher Education Supplement (28.10.05) stated 'Big Brother International is a timely collection that, by offering such a wealth of theoretical perspectives, not only makes for illuminating reading but also serves as a meaty introduction to the nature of media studies itself'. This research led to a successful joint application to the ESRC in 2004 for a project grant of £40,000 to conduct an international study of the reception of Lord of the Rings, along similar empirical lines. (NB although Jones was actively involved in the planning and design of this research, maternity leave precluded direct involvement with the dissemination of the findings).

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