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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mainstream Television and Alternative TV Practices (Panel #7)

Panel Columnist:Mary Beth Haralovich:
Participants: Joy Fuqua (Tulane University), Julia Lesage (University of Oregon), Jackie Cook (University of South Australia), Tangi Steen (University of South Australia), Dana Heller (Old Dominion University), Geoffrey Baym (University of North Carolina-Greensboro)
Moderator: Elizabeth Hansen (University of Texas at Austin)

Question: This roundtable discusses the relationship between "mainstream" television and "alternative" television practices, with a focus on personal and national health, safety and security. Television shows circulate information and misinformation about personal and national health, safety and security (i.e., legal drama, medical drama, weight-loss shows, fashion shows, etc.). Blogs, websites, free speech news and fake news shows are sources of corrective information and personal empowerment as well as perhaps misinformation. This roundtable considers how specific topics of personal and national health, safety and security (such as, for example, public health, nutrition, terror, constitutional protections) are shaped and presented in mainstream and alternative television. In the process, the roundtable explores relationships and dialogue between "mainstream and alternative" television practices and the usefulness of the concept itself.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is true. It brings up a question however. Is there a set of shows that only provide true information. I mean public radio is perhaps a good less biased source of news for people who want the science of a debate discussed rather than an editorial. Where do people who want science turn however for less "popular" subjects? Like children, economics, jobs, etc.

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