Who Got the Camera: What Hip-Hop, Reality TV, and Journalism Have in Common

Thursday, February 17, 2022
7:00 p.m.
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Book cover of "Who Got the Camera: A History of Rap and Reality" by Dr. Eric Harvey

Prof. Eric Harvey from the School of Communications discusses his book "Who Got the Camera" with Prof. Louis Moore from History.

Reality first appeared in the late 1980s in the sense not of real life but rather of the TV entertainment genre inaugurated by shows such as Cops and America's Most Wanted; the daytime gabfests of Geraldo, Oprah, and Donahue; and the tabloid news of A Current Affair. In a bracing work of cultural criticism, Eric Harvey argues that reality TV emerged in dialog with another kind of entertainment that served as its foil while borrowing its techniques: gangsta rap. Or, as legendary performers Ice Cube and Ice-T called it, "reality rap."


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This event was added to the calendar by Len O'Kelly (okellyle@gvsu.edu) on Monday, February 14, 2022 at 4:31 p.m.