Inside the Fun House

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:
Inside the Fun House

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Talk shows tend to become news for much the same reasons that ordinary people become news—because they have done something extraordinary, deviant, or bizarre. Daytime talk shows were rarely in the headlines until the Jenny Jones murder, and, at that point, the coverage was anything but flattering. Guests who sue talk shows make the news, as do those who admit faking their stories. Otherwise, journalists and media critics rarely talk about talk-show guests except to put them down or to discuss the lamentable trend toward “manufactured celebrity” that guests supposedly represent. Guests on conflict-based shows also complain about specific aspects of their experiences, expressing anger or frustration when the outcome of confrontation does not go their way or support their version of events. A variation on this theme occurs when guests do not get the rewards or compensation that they expect in exchange for engaging in a confrontation.

Keywords: talk shows; ordinary people; daytime shows; talk-show guests; compensation; manufactured celebrity

Chapter.  11983 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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