Importance Of Talk Show

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In the world where mass media are considered to be extremely powerful tools used to establish rules and regulations of everyday life, economy and even politics no one can deny the significance of talk shows. The power of talk show concept is highly visible in one of most developed society in modern world- society of the United States of America. But how do they influence culture, what are the values which are prioritized by talk shows and finally, which areas of people' lives are reflected in them? Accordingly to historian Wayne Muson, talk show genre originated in 1920's in Springfield, Massachusetts . It all started in through radio broadcasts, were hosts would invite experts on various topics, from politics to housekeeping, who were to…show more content…
Some would say that this is disgrace for the genre, however on the other hand I think that not many people would deny the importance of entertainment in our lives. I think that an American comedian, Joy Behar described a perfect show by saying: "I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breathe". This reminds us of a fact that entertainment does not have to be easy and shallow. The best kind of entertainment which talk shows can offer is the kind when we can admire the intelligence of people talking to each other on various topics, without making any "forced" jokes and laughs. People very often mistakenly believe that entertainment must make people laugh. We have shows like Oprah Winfrey, where the background is not cheerful and yet millions of people feel somehow entertained while watching the show, and definitely they feel better. Of course people would not feel comfortable while watching someone who is not honest with the audience, who is faking. As Jane Pauley wrote in one of her works " I think the success of a talk show depends on how true it is to the personality of the person hosting it. The shows I really admire, like 'Oprah' and 'Ellen,' are distinctively like their hosts, so I think my show will be successful only if we try to stay consistent to my own sense of myself". Therefore, if a show is to entertain people it must be…show more content…
In most shows it is very difficult to find educational issues being raised, however there are quite a few examples. Many of talk show hosts when asked about how they pick their guests answer that they like to put people in contrast. Therefore, if on one side we have a "celebrity", whose goal is mostly to entertain people by telling funny, but not very witty stories from his or her lives, on the other side we would have a professor from university delivering a speech about the latest technologies. To illustrate this example we can indicate Jimmy Kimmel's talk show, where on the same couch we had Kanye West and Bill Gates. The symbol of entertainment versus the symbol of progress and science. But in talk shows we can learn not only from guests. Here again, I will take Jimmy Kimmel's Late Night Show as an example. A part of each show is dedicated to education. In one show we have a six years old boy who knows all presidents of United States of America and is able to recognize each country pointed on the map, and on the other show we have a scientist showing very effective chemical reactions. I would say that these kinds of ideas combine entertainment with education very effectively and
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