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In today's media-saturated world, identities are no longer built solely within the close-knit communities of family, neighborhood, school, and work. Today media are part of our world and therefore play an important role in the formulations of our identities or constructions of self. In a truly postmodern mode, Constructing the Self in a Mediated World not only brings together the usually segregated areas of interpersonal and mass communication but also incorporates works from scholars in sociology, psychology, and women's studies as well. Each essay examines our understanding of self in a different context of mediated culture within a specific framework of interpretive theories such as critical theory, social constructionist theory, and feminism. This volume provides insights into issues of self and identity in contemporary mediated ...

“Gilt by Association”1: Talk Show Participants' Televisually Enhanced Status and Self-Esteem
“Gilt by association”: Talk show participants' televisually enhanced status and self-esteem
Patricia J.Priest

Although mass communication scholars have carried out countless studies of television audiences, few have examined the view from the other side of the screen. Star biographies and scattered, anecdotal evidence provide only glimpses into the effects of basking in the national spotlight. In this chapter, I describe the fallout that occurs when talk show participants trade intimate and potentially discrediting information about themselves to gain access to this preeminent medium. Situating inquiry about television from this vantage point increases understanding about a slippery new idea put forth by Ewen (1988), Tichi (1991), and others that stepping inside the set, getting in, represents access ...

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