David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Fertile grounds for theoretical inquiry can be found in the oddest corners. Contemporary television programming provides viewers with several talk shows of the grotesque, as I will call them, in which the aim of each episode is to put some monstrous human phenomenon on display with the help of a host and a participating studio audience. In this paper I will try to support the unlikely claim that these talk shows, which include The Jerry Springer Show and Sally Jesse Raphael (among others), provide remarkably fruitful foci for theoretical attention. My plan is to give a reading of the ideological structure of talk shows of the grotesque. In particular, my interest lies in a relatively recent strand of ideological theory that has treated questions concerning the nature and reproduction of ideology as serious ontological questions: questions that go to the heart of our philosophical understanding of subjectivity, autonomy, and the metaphysics of belief and other intentional attitudes. Here I take the work of Louis Althusser, Judith Butler, and Slavoj i ek as paradigmatic and seminal representatives of this type of theorizing. My eye, in this paper, will be turned toward showing how the contemporary talk show of the grotesque provides us with a case study through which we can productively interrogate this new theoretical turn in our understanding of ideology. After spending a substantial amount of time laying down some theoretical groundwork, during which I take a selective and usurious tour through recent theories of ideology, performativity, and the constitution of subjectivity, I will analyze the talk show phenomenon by dividing it into four levels of participatory activity: those of the host, the guests, the studio audience, and the television audience. I will argue..
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Rupert Read (2011). Why There Cannot Be Any Such Thing as “Time Travel”. Philosophical Investigations 35 (2):138-153.
Sandra E. Marshall (2001). 'It's Good to Talk'? Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 101 (2):129–144.
Benjamin Sachs (2011). The Status of Moral Status. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 92 (1):87-104.
Joshua Gamson (1999). Taking the Talk Show Challenge: Television, Emotion, and Public Spheres. Constellations 6 (2):190-205.
R. A. Sharpe (1987). The Very Idea of a Folk Psychology. Inquiry 30 (December):381-93.
Robert Fiengo (2007). Asking Questions: Using Meaningful Structures to Imply Ignorance. Oxford ;University Press.
Alain Morin (1993). Self-Talk and Self-Awareness: On the Nature of the Relation. Journal of Mind and Behavior 14 (3):223-234.
Achille C. Varzi (2006). The Talk I Was Supposed to Give…. In Andrea Bottani & Richard Davies (eds.), Modes of Existence: Papers in Ontology and Philosophical Logic. Ontos Verlag. 131–152.
Carolyn Baker & Jayne Keogh (1995). Accounting for Achievement in Parent-Teacher Interviews. Human Studies 18 (2-3):263 - 300.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads47 ( #37,403 of 1,099,734 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #51,106 of 1,099,734 )
How can I increase my downloads?