"Talk on Television" examines the value and significance of televised public debate, at a time when everyday conversation is increasingly dependent on television. At the same time, more people are are making appearances on these shows to discuss their personal lives and social issues.
Analyzing a wide range of programs including "Donohue" and "Oprah Winfrey, " the authors draw on interviews with both studio participants and home viewers. Their work, the first audience study of this type of programming, addresses not only a growing genre of media previously ignored, but also points towards contemporary debates in social theory. Livingstone and Lunt ask how the media manages these discussion programs, and whether they are truly providing new "spaces" for the participants. They learn how audiences interpret seeing themselves on the shows, analyze the contribution made by "experts," and unravel the conventions--debate, romance and therapy--that make up the genres. Through this, they consider television's function as a medium of education and information, finally discussing the dangers and opportunities the genre holds for both audience participation and public debate in the future.
"Talk on Television" asks questions and presents evidence regarding the active audience, public participation, the significance of public discourse, and the role of the mass-media in the public sphere.
Series: Communication & Society (Paperback)
Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 9th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.42 x 15.62
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1