This entertaining, accessible, sobering discussion should make every viewer sit up and ponder the effects and possibilities of America’s daily talk-fest with newly sharpened eyes.
— Publishers Weekly
Funny, well-researched, fully theorized. . . . Engaged and humane scholarship. . . . A pretty inspiring example of what talking back to the mass media can be.
— Village Voice

Winner, American Sociological Association Culture Section Best Book Award.

Winner, Society for Cinema Studies Katherine Singer Kovacs Award.

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Bold, witty. . . . There’s a lot of empirical work behind this deceptively easy read, then, and it allows for the most sophisticated and complex analysis of talk shows yet.
— Elayne Rapping, Women's Review of Books