Coming After Oprah: Cultural Fallout in the Age of the TV Talk Show

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Popular Press, 1997 - Performing Arts - 205 pages
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More than just a commentary on the aesthetics of the genre, this book looks at the evolution and cultural significance of these programs, disputing claims that they are nothing more than harmless entertainment. In the work's revealing first half, Vicki Abt and Leonard Mustazza uncover the mechanics of the talk-show game. The second half examines the behind-the-scenes economic games and their implications, revealing a web of complex commercial and political interests that influence their production. A detailed description of the corporate players and the revenues they are generating is also provided. The study concludes with suggestions for what we as a culture might do to protect ourselves from its inherent deceptions and misinformation.

 

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this book is written by an uptight conservative who has no tolerance for people of other classes or races. its just as bad as the pmrc allegations. dont waste your time.

Contents

Contaminating Culture
13
Television Plays the Reality Game
35
Variations on a Theme
55
The Rules of the Game
81
The Social Vacuum
101
Talking Business and Playing Monopoly
119
Appendix
171
Works Cited
181
Index
191
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