Kyu-hyun KIM, Kyung-Hee SUH, ‘Saving’ the Guest: The Host As Cultural Mediator in Korean Celebrity Talk Shows

Abstract: In Korean celebrity talk-show interactions, the identity of the host as a cultural mediator is embodied by the categorization practice through which the guest’s personal narrative is transformed into ‘normatively safe’ public discourse. This process is enhanced by the popular ‘many-to-one’ talk-show format providing for a methodic basis for the host-group members to collude among themselves against the guest, who is thereby positioned as an out-group member whose voice is obliquely suppressed.

Keywords: Korean celebrity talk-show; conversation analysis; membership categorization; host-guest interactions; formulation; normative; deviant; safe; category-transformation; out-group

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