By Joshua Gamson
Utilizing large interviews, enormous quantities of transcripts, focus-group discussions with audience, and his personal stories as an viewers member, Joshua Gamson argues that speak indicates supply much-needed, high-impact public visibility to sexual nonconformists whereas additionally exacerbating every kind of political tensions between these changing into seen. With wit and keenness, Freaks speak again illuminates the fun, dilemmas, and practicalities of media visibility."This unique, available, sobering dialogue may still make each viewer sit up straight and give some thought to the results and probabilities of America's day-by-day talk-fest with newly sharpened eyes."—Publishers Weekly"Bold, witty. . . . there is a lot of empirical paintings at the back of this deceptively effortless learn, then, and it enables the main subtle and intricate research of speak exhibits yet."—Elayne Rapping, Women's overview of Books"Funny, well-researched, totally theorized. . . . Engaged and humane scholarship. . . . inspiring instance of what speaking again to the mass media can be."—Jesse Berrett, Village Voice"An terribly well-researched quantity, some of the most accomplished experiences of well known media to seem during this decade."—James Ledbetter, Newsday
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39 43 Chapter Two On the other hand, programming oriented toward women took a kinder, gentler direction, in the forms of "service talk" focusing on home and personal lives, and celebrity chat. The Home Show, for instance, hosted by Arlene Francis, offered advice about making a home and raising children, while The Dr. "4o Celebrity variety shows hosted by Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, and Mike Douglas, very popular among female audiences (and with at least one elementary school boy, who really should have been doing his homework instead), set themselves up as generic, suburban living rooms, and invited audiences in for a bit of cooking, friendly chitchat, and a song or two.
They look beautiful and they're all beautifully dressed, they're in sports jackets and they look pretty and they look good," a former audience coordinator for the show told me. "She pays for that. ) Watching these folks, I long for someone in the audience-a young black woman, maybe, in sunglasses and a jogging suit-to stand up and point at people and slice through the plastic, maybe even using what my friend Jimmy once pointed out is an all-purpose Ricki or Jenny Jones applause line: "Girl, you got to get some self-respect.
The lOO-odd hours of videos include most from that list, along with Richard Bey, Danny Bonaduce, Carnie, Gordon Elliott, Gabrielle, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, Leeza, Marilu, The Other Side, Charles Perez, Jane Pratt, Joan Rivers, Tempestt, and Mark Walberg. The ttanscripts were coded on a number of key dimensions-guest composition, program topic, thematic content, and so onfrom which an outline of talk show content began to emerge; those outlines were then filled in with close readings of all of the transcripts and videos.