Television Talk Shows This study provides a deconstruction of the actual "talk" of television talk shows, and seeks to demonstrate how this "talk" is a dramatic performance: discursive dynamics fed by the host of the show with certain formulaic progress designed to get the audience hyped up. Full description
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.
Flip through the channels at any hour of the day or night, and a television talk show is almost certainly on. Whether it offers late-night entertainment with David Letterman, share-your-pain empathy with Oprah Winfrey, trash talk with Jerry Springer, or intellectual give-and-take with Bill Moyers, the talk show is one of television's most popular and enduring formats, with a history as old as the medium itself.