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Daytime Television Gameshows and the Celebration of Merchandise: The Price Is Right (Television & Culture) Paperback – January 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Series: Television & Culture
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Popular Press 1; 1 edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879726210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879726218
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,540,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The author in this "study" readily admits that he is not a fan of game shows and obviously Price Is Right in particular as every facet of this show is slammed harshly, including the host on a personal level. To do so, in what is supposedly a balanced study on Price's effect on American society ,deems the whole book invalid. To judge the show harshly by only viewing 31 episodes from 1991 of over 5500 and still taping is absurd. The author would have better served the reader if interviews were conducted with both present and former contestants noting the similarities or differences throughout the shows thirty year existence. Also interviews with the producers and host would have offered better insights. Unfortunately, all the reader receives is a long winded ,highly snobbish, opinionated review of ones personal bias towards the show. The lack of ANY researchable data on the authors part and lack of any research in general (lack of interviews, statistical data etc.), one can only conclude that this tome was a wasted ill-advised excercise. If you're a fan of the show or the game show genre you will be severely disappointed. If you are looking for an accurate reflection of how Price mirrors and reflects society, you'll be offered a one-sided ,highly negatively biased account. I honestly cannot recommend this book to any reader and if possible would not give the book ANY rating due to its lack of research and seemingly highly personally biased agenda.
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Daytime Television Gameshows is a very interesting, thought-provoking read. The book is recommended, as well the idea that it is conveying. It addresses an important issue, that is American materialism and the glorification, worship of products, a sub-culture of greed and that of happiness through consumption, something that television game shows glorify and promote.

The author is passionate about his subject, a college professor of marketing, he really despises TV games shows, especially The Price is Right, so it has a strong bias for sure, and he openly states it. He presents counterviewpoints for game shows in general, and for The Price is Right as well, but, while he can put up with the counterviewpoints for other gameshows, he attempts to counter the counterviepoints for The Price is Right in particular, and demolish these counterviewpoints through serious factual research. The Price is Right is described in terms of a carnivalish atmosphere, and more like the ambiance and mentality of a gambling casino.

The graphics of this book are crude, that is, somewhat primitive. This book is written a bit snobbishly, from a the viewpoint of a British author with a higher education background, but at the same time, it so accurately provides what is really the truth about television game shows, and the book is so well documented, that it surpasses the caveats. If you are really fond of game shows, and are not likely to change that viewpoint, you probably won't like this book.

Morris refers to a number of other books of note,
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By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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