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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 ...

Mediating Cultural Selves: Soviet and American Cultures in a Televised “Spacebridge”
Mediating cultural selves: Soviet and American cultures in a televised “spacebridge”
Talk Shows, Selves, and Cultures

The idea of a “talk show,” if not exclusively American, has been cultivated in a distinctively American way for at least three decades. The current plethora of offerings in this televised genre is truly mind-boggling. Part of the intrigue, I think, is that these programs showcase the audience and are thus built, largely, upon the performance of audience members. In the 1960s, the first popular show in the genre, Donahue, seized the day by placing a segment of the audience typically deemed unworthy of airtime (i.e., housewives and the unemployed who were home watching at 9:00 a.m.) right in front ...

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