Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn

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SAGE Publications, 2010 - Social Science - 189 pages
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The "demotic turn" is a term coined by Graeme Turner to describe the increasing visibility of the "ordinary person" in the media today. In this dynamic and insightful book he explores the "whys" and "hows" of the "everyday" individual’s willingness to turn themselves into media content through celebrity culture, reality TV, DIY websites, talk radio, and user-generated materials online.

Analyzing the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, this book further develops the idea of the demotic turn as a means of examining the common elements in a range of ‘hot spots’ within media and cultural studies today.

 

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Contents

celebrity tabloid culture and the function of the media
12
2 Reality TV and the Construction of Cultural Identities
33
citizens blogs and the rise of opinion
71
4 Talk Radio Populism and the Demotic Voice
98
digital optimism and usergenerated content online
123
the media and consumption today
158
Bibliography
175
Index
186
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Graeme Turner is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, The University of Queensland, Australia

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