"Guess What?": On Hidden-Camera Pranks' Revelation Sequences

A. Javier Izquierdo-Martín


Conceived as public communication objects, hidden-camera pranks (HCPs) are a type of documentary on ordinary pranks. Defined versus classical Garfinkelian breaching experiments, HCPs also offer a natural form of ethnomethodological experimentation. Here I present some results of an analysis of a sample of forty-nine HCPs' revelation sequences (RSs). These little clips of five to fifty seconds long allow for the description of audio-visual details of the interactional work that actors, accomplices and victims of a HCP have to perform, in a finely coordinated manner in order "to put an end" to an artificially constructed social situation. My study focuses on a set of practical relevances of the work of revelation (offering) and awakening (acceptation/rejection) endogenously pointed at and topicalized by the agents enmeshed in the HCP situation.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0402126


hidden-camera pranks; ethnomethodological breaching experiments; naturally organized ordinary activities; in vivo dramatic art; vulgar psychotherapy; audio-videographic digital documents

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-5.2.608

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