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Freaks Talk Back

Freaks Talk Back

Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity

by Joshua Gamson

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/05/1999

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People talk so much about the bizarre that it quickly becomes routine. As the talk show circuit becomes increasingly obsessed with sexual nonconformists, many wonder if this form of representation isn't simply exploitation. This book claims that in a sense, talk shows turn everything they touch into "freak shows". But what happens when the freaks talk back? The book argues that from talk shows' lies and sensationalism emerge certain truths. The socially deviant may be featured on-air for ridicule in the public eye, but the result is empowerment through exploitation. The book illuminates the dilemmas and practicalities of media visibility.
Media studies
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
The University of Chicago Press
Country of origin:
United States
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