Chapter

The Other Side of the Camera: Motives and Misgivings

in The Money Shot

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780226309095
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226309088 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226309088.003.0006
The Other Side of the Camera: Motives and Misgivings

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This chapter discusses the process of the production of talk shows from the perspective of guests, focusing not only on their motivations for participating but also on their experiences on- and offstage, their struggles with producers (and other guests), and, most important perhaps, their confrontation with the norms and conventions of the production process. It focuses on ordinary people. Both categories of guest—celebrities and ordinary people—orient toward the genre differently than do producers, and, just as producers sometimes find guests and their concerns to be a source of anger, amusement, frustration, or contempt, guests may feel the same way about producers and the production process itself. They come to the situation with their own set of expectations about how the show works, what it can do for them, and what their emotional labor is really all about.

Keywords: production process; talk shows; guests; producers; celebrities; ordinary guests; emotional labor

Chapter.  12431 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Media Studies

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