Review: Martin Spetsmann-Kunkel (2004). Die Moral der Daytime Talkshow. Eine soziologische Analyse eines umstrittenen Fernsehformats [The Morality of the Daytime Talk Show. A Sociological Analysis of a Controversial Television Format]

  • Nicola Döring TU Ilmenau
Keywords: daytime talk show, media critic, privacy, television reception, television appearance, individualization, civilization process, participatory observation, conversation analysis

Abstract

This book deals with the phenomenon of the daytime talk show from a sociological perspective. The author questions the common cultural pessimism of this TV format ("exhibitionist guests," "voyeuristic spectators"). He first describes the characteristics of the daytime talk show and summarizes the results of previous surveys that reveal a broad variety of talk show guests' and recipients' motives—beyond pathology. Drawing on concepts like civilization and individualisation, the book outlines the societal functions of the daytime talk show. A participatory observation study in the editorial office of "Hans Meiser" and free interpretations of three series from "Vera am Mittag" are presented as "empirical evidence." Unfortunately the book lacks theoretical and methodological rigor and a sound empirical basis. The bibliography could have been more comprehensive. The work is useful, though, as an inspired, readable introduction into the topic. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0603119

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Author Biography

Nicola Döring, TU Ilmenau
Nicola DÖRING, Dr. phil. habil., Dipl.-Psych., arbeitet als Professorin für Medienkonzeption und Medienpsychologie an der TU Ilmenau. Zu ihren Forschungsschwerpunkten gehören die sozialen und psychologischen Aspekte der Online- und Mobilkommunikation, Genderfragen, Lernen und Lehren mit neuen Medien sowie Evaluationsforschung. Nicola DÖRING hat in FQS bereits besprochen: in einer Sammelrezension "Soziale Netzwerke und Internet-Spielewelten" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-01/3-01review-doering-d.htm) und "Soziale Identifikation mit virtuellen Gemeinschaften" (http://qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-01/3-01review-doering-d.htm), "Technogene Nähe. Ethnographische Studien zur Mediennutzung im Alltag" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/2-02/2-02review-doering-d.htm), "Geschlechterforschung und qualitative Methoden" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-01/3-01review-doering2-d.htm), "Online-Mediation. Neue Medien in der Konfliktvermittlung – mit Beispielen aus Politik und Wirtschaft" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-04/1-04review-doering-d.htm).
Published
2006-05-31

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