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Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn

by Graeme Turner
     
 

ISBN-10: 1848601670

ISBN-13: 9781848601673

Pub. Date: 12/22/2009

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The 'demotic turn' describes the increasing visibility of the 'ordinary person' in the media today.

In this dynamic and insightful book, Graeme Turner explores the 'whys' and 'hows' of the 'everyday' individual's willingness to turn themselves into media content through:

Celebrity culture,

Reality TV,

DIY websites,

Talk radio,

User-generated

Overview

The 'demotic turn' describes the increasing visibility of the 'ordinary person' in the media today.

In this dynamic and insightful book, Graeme Turner explores the 'whys' and 'hows' of the 'everyday' individual's willingness to turn themselves into media content through:

Celebrity culture,

Reality TV,

DIY websites,

Talk radio,

User-generated materials online.

Further analysing the pervasiveness of celebrity culture, the book develops the idea of the demotic turn as a tool for examining common elements in a range of media and cultural studies 'hot spots'.

Rejecting the idea that the demotic turn necessarily carries with it a democratising politics, this book examines its political and cultural function in media production and consumption across many fields - including print and electronic news, current affairs journalism, and citizen and online journalism.

Graeme Turner outlines a structural shift in the western media, and suggests that these media activities represent something much more fundamental than contemporary media fashion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848601673
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Series:
Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society Series
Pages:
189
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Praise for the book vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction: the demotic turn 1

1 Ordinary People: celebrity, tabloid culture and the function of the media 12

Ordinary celebrities 12

Producing ordinary identities 19

The media and their interests 23

Tabloidization 26

2 Reality TV and the Construction of Cultural Identities 33

The cultural function of reality TV 33

Reality TV and the demotic turn 42

Constructing cultural identities 47

Translating cultural identities 55

Conclusion 66

3 Redefining Journalism: citizens, blogs and the rise of opinion 71

The narrative of decline 74

'The people formerly known as the audience' 80

Entertainment and opinion 88

4 Talk Radio, Populism and the Demotic Voice 98

The politics of talk radio 98

Talk radio and the Cronulla riots 101

Talkback in Australia 105

American populism: talk radio in the USA 113

Populism and cultural studies 118

5 Revenge of the Nerds: digital optimism and user-generated content online 123

Cyberenthusiasms 123

Digital optimism 126

Reality check 133

YouTube, interactivity and free labour 142

Conclusion 150

6 The Entertainment Age: the media and consumption today 158

The entertainment age 158

Taking the 'mass' out of mass media 163

Ordinary people and the media 171

Bibliography 175

Index 186

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