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The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows
The Money Shot
Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows
Paperback      ISBN: 0226309118

He leaped from his chair, ripped off his microphone, and lunged at his ex-wife. Security guards rushed to intercept him. The audience screamed, then cheered. Were producers concerned? Not at all. They were getting what they wanted: the money shot.

From classy shows like Oprah to trashy shows like Jerry Springer, the key to a talk show's success is what Laura Grindstaff calls the money shot--moments when guests lose control and express joy, sorrow, rage, or remorse on camera. In this new work, Grindstaff takes us behind the scenes of daytime television talk shows, a genre focused on real stories told by ordinary people. Drawing on extensive interviews with producers and guests, her own attendance of dozens of live tapings around the country, and more than a year's experience working on two nationally televised shows, Grindstaff shows us how producers elicit dramatic performances from guests, why guests agree to participate, and the supporting roles played by studio audiences and experts.

Grindstaff traces the career of the money shot, examining how producers make stars and experts out of ordinary people, in the process reproducing old forms of cultural hierarchy and class inequality even while seeming to challenge them. She argues that the daytime talk show does give voice to people normally excluded from the media spotlight, but it lets them speak only in certain ways and under certain rules and conditions. Working to understand the genre from the inside rather than pass judgment on it from the outside, Grindstaff asks not just what talk shows can tell us about mass media, but also what they reveal about American culture more generally.

Dancing in the Distraction Factory
Dancing in the Distraction Factory
Paperback      ISBN: 0816620636
Timeshift: On Video Culture
Timeshift
On Video Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0415016789

Focusing on the aesthetics of video, Timeshift tests current semiotic, postmodernist and psychoanalytic approaches in the laboratory of real-life video viewing.

Notes from Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
Notes from Underground
Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 1859841589

Slug and Lettuce, Pathetic Life, I Hate Brenda, Dishwasher, Punk and Destroy, Sweet Jesus, Scrambled Eggs, Maximumrocknroll - these are among the thousands of publications which circulate in the subterranean world rarely illuminated by the searchlights of mainstream media commentary.

The Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence
The Mouse That Roared
Disney and the End of Innocence
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847691098

Today, cultural practices and institutions shape nearly every aspects of our lives. Giroux takes up this issue by looking at the world's most influential corporation. he explores the diverse ways in which the Disney Corporation has become a political force in shaping images of public memory, producing children as consuming subjects, and legitimating ideological positions that constitute a deeply conservative and disturbing view of the roles imparted to children and adults alike.

Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Post-Modern
Media Culture
Cultural Studies, Identity and Politics Between the Modern and the Post-Modern
Paperback      ISBN: 0415105706

First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Play Between Worlds: Exploring Online Game Culture
Play Between Worlds
Exploring Online Game Culture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0262201631

A study of Everquest that provides a snapshot of multiplayer gaming culture, questions the truism that computer games are isolating and alienating, and offers insights into broader issues of work and play, gender identity, technology, and commercial culture.

In Play Between Worlds, T. L. Taylor examines multiplayer gaming life as it is lived on the borders, in the gaps--as players slip in and out of complex social networks that cross online and offline space. Taylor questions the common assumption that playing computer games is an isolating and alienating activity indulged in by solitary teenage boys. Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs), in which thousands of players participate in a virtual game world in real time, are in fact actively designed for sociability. Games like the popular Everquest, she argues, are fundamentally social spaces.

Taylor's detailed look at Everquest offers a snapshot of multiplayer culture. Drawing on her own experience as an Everquest player (as a female Gnome Necromancer)--including her attendance at an Everquest Fan Faire, with its blurring of online--and offline life--and extensive research, Taylor not only shows us something about games but raises broader cultural issues. She considers "power gamers," who play in ways that seem closer to work, and examines our underlying notions of what constitutes play--and why play sometimes feels like work and may even be painful, repetitive, and boring. She looks at the women who play Everquest and finds they don't fit the narrow stereotype of women gamers, which may cast into doubt our standardized and preconceived ideas of femininity. And she explores the questions of who owns game space--what happens when emergent player culture confronts the major corporation behind the game.

The Associated Press Stylebook
The Associated Press Stylebook
Paperback      ISBN: 046500489x

More people write for The Associated Press than for any newspaper in the world, and writers-nearly two million of them-have bought more copies of The AP Stylebook than of any other journalism reference. It provides facts and references for reporters, and defines usage, spelling, and grammar for editors. There are separate sections for journalists specializing in sports and business, and complete guidelines for how to write photo captions, file copy over the wire, proofread text, handle copyrights, and avoid libel. This edition of The AP Stylebook keeps pace with world events, common usage, and AP procedures.

Ogilvy on Advertising
Ogilvy on Advertising
Paperback      ISBN: 039472903x
A candid and indispensable primer on all aspects of advertising from the man Time has called the most sought after wizard in the business.

Told with brutal candor and prodigal generosity, David Ogilvy reveals:

- How to get a job in advertising
- How to choose an agency for your product
- The secrets behind advertising that works
- How to write successful copy--and get people to read it
- Eighteen miracles of research
- What advertising can do for charities

And much, much more.
The Journalist and the Murderer
The Journalist and the Murderer
Paperback      ISBN: 0679731830

A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example -- the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime -- she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. In Malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. When the text first appeared, as a two-part article in The New Yorker, its thesis seemed so radical and its irony so pitiless that journalists across the country reacted as if stung.

Her book is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism: it at once exemplifies and dissects its subject. In her interviews with the leading and subsidiary characters in the MacDonald-McGinniss case -- the principals, their lawyers, the members of the jury, and the various persons who testified as expert witnesses at the trial -- Malcolm is always aware of herself as a player in a game that, as she points out, she cannot lose. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully. Hovering over the narrative -- and always on the edge of the reader's consciousness -- is the MacDonald murder case itself, which imparts to the book an atmosphere of anxiety and uncanniness. The Journalist and the Murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, the off-center, and the unsolved.