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Rules of the game : quiz shows and American culture

Author: Olaf Hoerschelmann
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From The $64,000 Question and Twenty-One to Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, quiz shows have permeated American culture ever since their beginnings in early radio. In Rules of the Game, Olaf Hoerschelmann critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture, drawing on a large body of radio and television programs and on archival materials relating to the broadcast industry, program sponsors,
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Olaf Hoerschelmann
ISBN: 0791468097 9780791468098 0791468100 9780791468104
OCLC Number: 61309364
Description: x, 208 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: What is a genre? Quiz shows/game shows --
A heartline to America: creating audience participation --
Big money: the scandal and quiz shows in the 1950's --
Dealing with change: the evolution of quiz shows in the 1960's --
Dating games: playing relationships in 80's and 90's television --
Interactive control: quiz shows and new media technologies --
Conclusion: the reality of quiz shows.
Responsibility: Olaf Hoerschelmann.
Local System Bib Number:
347896

Abstract:

"From The $64,000 Question and Twenty-One to Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, quiz shows have permeated American culture ever since their beginnings in early radio. In Rules of the Game, Olaf Hoerschelmann critically examines the quiz show genre in American culture, drawing on a large body of radio and television programs and on archival materials relating to the broadcast industry, program sponsors, advertising agencies, and individual producers. Hoerschelmann relates quiz shows to the larger social and industrial structures from which they originate and examines the connection of quiz shows to the production of knowledge in American society.

He also provides a rethinking of media genre theory, offering a detailed analysis of the text-audience relationships on quiz shows and their significance for the practice of broadcasting."--Jacket.

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