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American Television, Talk Shows  
 
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In September 2008, Orman collaborated with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (F.D.I.C.) on a public awareness campaign that included the elimination of the F.D.I.C.'s policy of limiting "qualifying beneficiaries" based on certain family relationships. Orman continues to provide financial advice to her viewers and repeatedly extols the mantra of personal responsibility, an appealing message that has enabled Orman to maintain and grow a devoted following.

Conclusion

In his pathbreaking study of sexual marginality in and on talk shows, Joshua Gamson has written that rather than sensationalizing homosexuality by portraying it as a public spectacle as was once the case, more recently talk shows have instead forced audiences to change their attitudes, allowing them to view homosexuality as unremarkable and almost "normal."

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Jennifer Reed adds that the sheer volume of queer images on talk shows over the past twenty-five years has helped prepare the ground for the current public presence, producing a level of familiarity such that public declarations of homosexuality are treated with yawns rather than yelling. Indeed, as Suzanne Danuta Walters has observed, "The new visibility is not a good thing or a bad thing, although some of it is very good and very bad."

Nathan G. Tipton

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    Bibliography
   

Berkman, Meredith. "Daytime Talk Shows: Fake Guests Common in Battle for Ratings." New York Post (December 4, 1995): 8-9.

_____. "Liars Send in Clowns for Sicko Circuses." New York Post (December 4, 1995): 8.

Birmingham, Elizabeth. "Fearing the Freak: How Talk TV Articulates Women and Class." Journal of Popular Film and Television 28.3 (2000): 133-139.

Dahir, Mubarak. "Homosexual Panicking." The Advocate 788 (June 22, 1999): 27-28.

Gamson, Joshua. Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.

_____. "Why They Love Jerry Springer." Tikkun 13.6 (1998): 25-28.

Kurtz, Howard. Hot Air: All Talk, All the Time. New York: Random House, 1996.

 

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    Author: Tipton, Nathan G.  
    Entry Title: American Television, Talk Shows  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2002  
    Date Last Updated February 11, 2012  
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