"Media Talk" provides an accessible introduction to the analysis of
the spoken word by examining linguistic and discursive aspects of
broadcast media. Beginning with the observation that talk is
central to all genres of radio and television, Ian Hutchby examines
the forms of speech used by broadcasters as their primary means of
communicating with audiences. He looks at a range of media forms
and genres, including televised audience debates, confrontational
TV talk shows such as "Oprah Winfrey" and "Ricki Lake," open-line
talk radio shows, advice-giving broadcasts, news interviews and
political panel discussions. Hutchby argues that the study of talk
provides insights into the very nature of mass communication, and
invites the reader into further consideration of a range of
important issues, such as the relationship between broadcasters and
audiences, and the public role of media output. The book not only
describes the role of media talk but also provides detailed
examples of analytical tools. It is key reading for students on
courses in language and the media, media discourse, communication
and cultural studies.
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