The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows. Laura Grindstaff

The Money Shot: Trash, Class, and the Making of TV Talk Shows



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Language: English
Page: 325
ISBN: 0226309118, 9780226309118

From Publishers Weekly

An assistant sociology professor at the University of California at Davis, Grindstaff draws on the language of pornography in analyzing the sometimes steamy and mostly conflict-driven realm of TV talk shows. In porn films, "the money shot" is the moment of male orgasm, and Grindstaff successfully argues that shows like Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake can only be pulled off if they have an emotionally raw "money shot" moment in which guests weep, throw chairs or fling themselves at another guest. "Like pornography," she writes, "daytime talk is a narrative of explicit revelation in which people `get down and dirty' and `bare it all' for the pleasure, fascination, or repulsion of viewers." Although similar insights have been expressed by other cultural critics, who've gone into some detail about the effects of these programs on media and society, Grindstaff veers in a refreshingly different academic direction. Approaching the subject from the inside, by interviewing producers, assistants and guests, as well as describing her own yearlong internship at two unnamed talk shows, the author provides a behind-the-camera perspective that differentiates her material from other sociology books on the topic. Her preference for academic language occasionally makes for dry reading, but it also keeps the book from being a titillating expos‚ akin to the very shows she's describing. On the whole, she lets her natural curiosity come through as she delves into the motivation of the guests, the frustration of the producers and the sheer inanity of cobbling together a show in which bouncers are forced to separate a wife from her husband's mistress.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

From the front lines of daytime TV talk shows, Grindstaff (sociology, Univ. of California, Davis) shares a captivating field study that reveals the history, motives, and methods of producing the daytime talk show. The "money shot," a phrase borrowed from film pornography, is the moment when a talk-show guest displays raw human emotion joy, rage, sorrow, or remorse. Said to be the source of soaring TV talk-show ratings and regularly criticized for downgrading the quality of daytime TV the "money shot" also demonstrates a current focus of American culture. Grindstaff argues that although talk shows may give a voice to ordinary people who would otherwise be denied access to the media, that voice is heavily restricted by numerous conditions and rules of participation. While detailing how class inequality has become the fuel for the ongoing production of daytime talk shows, Grindstaff also gives an intriguing report about a topic in which most of us have at least some interest. This well-thought-out and expertly researched study is suitable for all public and academic libraries. Molly Misetich, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.



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