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Media Talk

Spoken Discourse on TV and Radio

Media Talk by Andrew Tolson
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An illuminating perspective on some key issues in contemporary media studies. In recent years, a focus on broadcast talk has emerged as an innovative approach to studying the media. Adapting perspectives derived from "Discourse and Conversation Analysis", this approach investigates distinctive forms of mediated speech on TV and radio. It provides original insights into the ways in which broadcasting stages 'discourse events' (interviews, debates, commentaries and verbal performances) which are designed to attract and involve overhearing audiences. "Media Talk" is the first book to provide a comprehensive review of this important work. It is much more than a textbook, being augmented throughout by the author's own research into contemporary, and sometimes controversial developments. An introduction to the field, and its distinctive methodologies, is followed by chapters which focus on: news talk, current affairs debates, sports talk, youth TV and radio, celebrity talk, talk shows and forms of 'reality TV'.

Particular themes explored include: the so-called 'dumbing down' of news and current affairs in increasingly 'conversational' forms; the design of particular forms of talk to appeal to target, or niche audiences; and the development of new forms of 'reality' programming featuring ordinary people in unscripted verbal performances.

Edinburgh University Press; Read online
Title: Media Talk
Author: Andrew Tolson

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