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Su Holmes

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627523

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627523.001.0001

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‘Asking the Audience’: Quiz Shows and Their Viewers

‘Asking the Audience’: Quiz Shows and Their Viewers

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The Quiz Show

Su Holmes

Edinburgh University Press

Although quiz shows often encourage us to ‘play’ along, and they encode the participation of the audience into their textual form, there have been virtually no audience studies in this sphere. This chapter seeks to address this neglect. Moving from the early broadcast origins of the quiz show up until the advent of ‘interactive’ television, it considers the ways in which the viewer at home has been encouraged to participate. It then moves on to explore how fan cultures on the internet offer insights into audience interaction with the quiz show (and its cultural politics). But as such fans are also often contestants, the chapter returns to the questions of ‘performance’ and ‘authenticity’ examined in Chapter 5.

Keywords:   Quiz, Game, Audience, Fandom, Interactivity, ‘Ordinary’ people

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