Coming after Oprah: Cultural Fallout in the Age of the TV Talk Show

Coming after Oprah: Cultural Fallout in the Age of the TV Talk Show

Coming after Oprah: Cultural Fallout in the Age of the TV Talk Show

Coming after Oprah: Cultural Fallout in the Age of the TV Talk Show

Synopsis

"Coming After Oprah "is the first book-length study assessing a decade of talk that makes the quiz-show scandals of the 1950s look innocuous by comparison. More than just a commentary on the aesthetics of the genre, this book looks at the evolution and cultural significance of these programs, disputing claims that they are nothing more than harmless entertainment.

Excerpt

Everyone's avocation in America is show business.... Television captures the imagination more than anything else in people's lives. The country is somehow held together by celebrities.... Celebrity talk-show people.... It's this jungle of junk.... Junk information. Junk misinformation. Half‐ baked knowledge. Received opinion.... You aren't anybody in America if you're not on TV. In short, you don't exist unless you're on TV."

—Buck Henry, screenwriter
for the movie To Die For (1995)

When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about personal relationships.

—Andy Warhol, pop artist,
quoted posthumously in New York (1995)

We started doing confrontational TV.... I believe it was important to introduce these issues and face the truth of who we were.... Instead, TV got stuck thriving on them, and for the worst possible reasons—exploitation, voyeurism, and entertainment.

—Oprah Winfrey,
"What We All Can Do to Change TV,"
TV Guide (1995)

There is no such thing as bad publicity.... I'd rather be abused than not noticed.

—P. T. Barnum . . .

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