Talk show

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A talk show is a television or radio programming genre structured around the act of "spontaneous" conversation.

History

The history of talk shows spans back from the 1950s to current, it has been one of the earliest formats of television broadcasting. In a talk show, one person (or group) discusses various topics under the supervision of a talk show host. This discussion can be in the form of an interview or a simple conversation about important social, political or religious issues and events, among others. The way the host is discussing things during the broadcast shapes the tone and style of the show.

Official narrative

Talk shows deliver an unfiltered exchange of opinions from a wide range of speakers and experts.

Criticism

Television remains a cornerstone for the opinion shaping of a society and is a means to achieve social control. Like that, talk shows have become an effective way to communicate state policy; in a way that things that have been decided beforehand are sold through the discussion, which is not free but shaped and mostly agreed upon (with the selection of guests for example), as without any alternative, or the best of all alternatives.[1]


 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Question Time
Tucker Carlson TonightThe most-watched program on cable news


References

  1. As the German journalist Walter van Rossum has demonstrated with his book "Meine Abende mit Sabine Christiansen. Kritik der Talkshow-Kultur" (2004)" / in English: "My evenings with Sabine Christiansen. Criticism of talk show culture", which was one of the prime programs at the time. / Book review