Audiences Talking Genre: Television Talk Shows and Cultural Hierarchies

  title={Audiences Talking Genre: Television Talk Shows and Cultural Hierarchies},
  author={Jason Mittell},
  journal={Journal of Popular Film and Television},
  pages={36 - 46}
  • Jason Mittell
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Popular Film and Television
Abstract The author explores how audience members make sense of the talk show genre–from daytime issue-oriented programs to late-night entertainment shows–through a qualitative survey of television viewers. He argues that the genre is linked to assumed notions of identity and hierarchies of cultural value that help explain the genre's controversial history. 
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