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The Resource All talk : the talkshow in media culture, Wayne Munson

All talk : the talkshow in media culture, Wayne Munson

Label
All talk : the talkshow in media culture
Title
All talk
Title remainder
the talkshow in media culture
Statement of responsibility
Wayne Munson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: Wayne Munson examines the talkshow as a cultural form whose curious productivity has become vital to America's image economy. As the very name suggests, the talkshow is both interpersonal exchange and mediated spectacle. Its range of topics defies classification: from the sensational and bizarre, to the conventional and the advisory, to politics and world affairs. Munson grapples with the sense and nonsense of the talkshow, particularly its audience participation and its construction of knowledge. This hybrid genre includes the news/talk "magazine," celebrity chat, sports talk, psychotalk, public affairs forum, talk/service program, and call-in interview show. All share characteristics of lucidity and contradiction-the hallmarks of postmodernity-and it is this postmodern identity that Munson examines and links to mass and popular culture, the public sphere, and contemporary political economy. Munson takes a close look at the talkshow's history, programs, production methods, and the "talk" about it that pervades media culture-the press, broadcasting, and Hollywood. He analyzes individual shows such as "Geraldo," "The Morton Downey Show," "The McLaughlin Group," and radio call-in "squawk" programs, as well as movies such as Talk Radio and The King of Comedy that investigate the talkshow's peculiar status. Munson also examines such events as the political organizing of talkhosts and their role in the antitax and anti-incumbency groundswells of the 1990s. In so doing, Munson demonstrates how "infotainment" is rooted in a deliberate uncertainty. The ultimate parasitic media form, the talkshow promiscuously indulges in-and even celebrated-its dependencies and contradictions. It "works" by "playing" with boundaries and identities to personalize the political and politicize the personal. Arguing that the talkshow's form and host are productively ill-defined, Munson asks whether the genre is a degradation of public life or part of a new, revitalized public sphere in which audiences are finally and fully "heard" through interactive
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1951-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Munson, Wayne
Dewey number
791.44/6
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1990.9.T34
LC item number
M86 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture and the moving image
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Television talk shows
  • Radio talk shows
  • Postmodernism
  • Praatprogramma's
  • Televisie
  • Radio
  • Talk-shows
  • Postmodernisme
  • Médias et culture
  • Talkshow
Label
All talk : the talkshow in media culture, Wayne Munson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-199) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Turning to talk: the talkshow's development -- Constellations of voices: how talkshows work -- Making sense and nonsense: talk about the talkshow
Control code
25630685
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9780877229957
Lccn
92009389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1500663
Label
All talk : the talkshow in media culture, Wayne Munson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 157-199) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Turning to talk: the talkshow's development -- Constellations of voices: how talkshows work -- Making sense and nonsense: talk about the talkshow
Control code
25630685
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 216 pages
Isbn
9780877229957
Lccn
92009389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1500663

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