Daytime Talk Shows

February 12, 2007
Capstone Seminar
    I slept with my daughter’s boyfriend, 13 men could be my baby’s daddy, and my teen daughter dresses to sexy, have all been titles on daytime talk shows.   The article, “Daytime Talk Shows:   Ethics and Ordinary People on Television” by Laura Grindstaff discusses issues surrounding daytime talk shows production and broadcasting.   The thesis of this article states, akin to other forms of mass media, daytime talk shows specialize in sensational stories, resorting to methods of trickery and deceit to obtain ratings; with their ratings in mind, daytime talk show as did sideshows exploit individual’s weaknesses, hardships, and shortcomings, to produce a profit for their show.   After reviewing this article one could evaluate criteria given by the author, and then formulate one’s own criteria and asses whether or not this business is socially responsible.
    The author inadvertently mentioned several criteria.   Criterion one states, the show must not use false pretenses to secure guest participation.   The article says producers often use a good cop/bad cop scam, the good cop offers the participants favor and blames them on the bad cop when they never manifest (Grindstaff 120).   In the majority of instance the producers are usually fully aware that these favors will never materialize.   During these interviews the producers sometimes fell to mention the show’s true intentions.
    Criterion two states the show must inform guests of their true intent before booking guests.   This can be displayed with an example from the Oprah Winfrey show, Fran intended to go on Oprah’s show to bring light to a marketing scam that she was involved in, but when she arrived on the show Oprah had other plans in mind.   Instead of bringing to light the necessary information to prevent the scam from occurring again, she wanted to discuss the negative shameful aspects of the situation (Grindstaff 125).   This kind of situation may occur because the...