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The paradox of national identity

Posted by lamacs On April - 29 - 2010

Boulou Ebanda de b’Béri & Ruth Middlebrook
Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 34, No. 1, 2009

Region, nation, and Canadian Idol

This paper focuses on the 2006 season of the reality television show Canadian Idol and the manufacturing of Canadian identity. This analysis looks specifically at how Canadian identity was articulated in the production of the show, the comments of the judges to contestants, the comments in news releases, and the viewers’ discussions on the message board accompanying the show. De B’Béri and Middlebrook argue that the show produces a version of Canadian identity that sustains a logic of regional difference, with a key point of distinction between urban and nonurban Canadians. However, this representation is ruptured by the viewers’ debates on their feelings of Canadian identity.

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