Designing Second-Screening Experiences for Social Co-Selection and Critical Co-Viewing of Reality TV

Feltwell, Tom, Wood, Gavin, Rowland, Scarlett, Long, Kiel, Elsden, Chris, Brooker, Philip, Vines, John, Briggs, Pamela, Barnett, Julie and Lawson, Shaun (2019) Designing Second-Screening Experiences for Social Co-Selection and Critical Co-Viewing of Reality TV. In: Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19): May 4–9, 2019, Glasgow, Scotland UK. CHI (19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, p. 70. ISBN 9781450359702

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Public commentary related to reality TV can be overwhelmed by thoughtless reactions and negative sentiments, which often problematically reinforce the cultural stereotyping typically employed in such media. We describe the design and month-long evaluation of a mobile "second-screening" application, Screenr, which uses co-voting and live textual tagging to encourage more critical co-viewing in these contexts. Our findings highlight how Screenr supported interrogation of the production qualities and claims of shows, promoted critical discourse around the motivations of programmes, and engaged participants in reflecting on their own assumptions and views. We situate our results within the context of existing second-screening co-viewing work, discuss implications for such technologies to support critical engagement with socio-political media, and provide design implications for future digital technologies in this domain.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second-screening, critical viewing, reality TV, co-viewing, live viewing
Subjects: C800 Psychology
P300 Media studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 14:45
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:16

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