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Talk on Television

Audience Participation and Public Debate

Talk on Television by Sonia Livingstone
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Not only is everyday conversation increasingly dependent on television, but more and more people are appearing on television to discuss social and personal issues. Is any public good served by these programmes or are they simply trashy entertainment which fills the schedules cheaply? Talk on Television examines the value and significance of televised public debate. Analysing a wide range of programmes including Kilroy, Donohue and The Oprah Winfrey Show, the authors draw on interviews with both the studio participants and with those watching at home. They ask how the media manage discussion programmes and whether the programmes really are providing new 'spaces' for public participators. They find out how audiences interpret the programmes when they appear on the screen themselves, and they unravel the conventions - debate, romance, therapy - which make up the genre. They also consider TV's function as a medium of education and information, finally discussing the dangers and opportunities the genre holds for audience participation and public debate in the future.
Taylor and Francis; September 2002
214 pages; ISBN 9781134900459
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Title: Talk on Television
Author: Sonia Livingstone; Peter Lunt
 
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0203131916
9780203131916
9780415077378
9781134900442
9781134900459