Oprah Winfrey Disarming The Loud And Angry Voices

1932 words - 8 pages

Oprah Winfrey - Disarming the Loud and Angry Voices

      The large black man sitting on the stage had heard the demeaning reference one too many times. Suddenly and swiftly, he had his large hands around the tattooed neck of the white perpetrator. The large man was choking the scrawny skinhead who had called him a nigger on national television. Instantly the audience, mainly white supremacists and black militants, was at war. Punches were thrown, and chairs were sent flying. In the melee, Geraldo Rivera sustained a broken nose, and the ratings for his talk show soared. This incident, a few years back, helped to propagate the idea of lurid excitement as entertainment. Today's mass media is in the business of sensationalism. Television and radio have parlayed shock and controversy into popular recreation. Television daytime talk shows have been especially guilty of this type of tabloid entertainment. Thankfully, The Oprah Winfrey Show is not one of them. The Oprah Winfrey Show is an appealing talk show because it has an inspiring host who features topics on the human condition without resorting to sordid sensationalism.


Daytime talk shows have evolved over the years. In the early fifties and sixties, shows like Dinah Shore and Merv Griffin featured celebrities who would sing, dance, and briefly chat with their ever-congenial hosts. Then, in the early seventies, emerged The Phil Donahue Show. It was unique because it was the first talk show to tackle serious issues and outlandish people. Phil Donahue exposed segments of society that could be both shocking and thought provoking. Phil's show dealt with subjects ranging from cross-dressers to life in Russia. This new talk show format also offered an opportunity for the audience to become actively involved by posing questions to the guests. It proved to be a winning formula. For nearly two decades, Phil Donahue dominated the daytime talk show scene, until Oprah Winfrey made her debut in 1984.


The Oprah Winfrey Show continued the tradition of bringing serious issues, such as alcoholism and child abuse, to the forefront. But, to be competitive with Phil, she dealt with the bizarre and the titillating as well. Her subjects would range from total body tattoos to frank discussions on deviant sex. Phil and Oprah were offering an alternative to daytime soap operas. Phil and Oprah were offering real-life soap operas. Their overwhelming success in attracting daytime viewers ultimately spawned talk-show clones by the dozens. There was increasing competition from shows like Geraldo, Jenny Jones, Ricki Lake, and Sally Jessy Raphael. Daytime talk had become big business, and each show was eager to capture the largest share of the audience. Consequently, the war for ratings produced a gluttony of circus-like sideshows with each program trying to outdo the other.


The airwaves increasingly became inundated with trash television. In any given...

Find Another Essay On Oprah Winfrey - Disarming the Loud and Angry Voices


2074 words - 9 pages PHENOMENON BOOK THE SECRET, AND A NEW EARTH SPIRITUALITY ALA Oprah Winfrey: HOW THE CHURCH respond? Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal figure . From the queen of talk show that touches the heart , recently crowned as the prophetess he began the New Age Movement ( New Age Movement ) . His image is being shifted , from the most popular presenters become a controversial figure because of his statements - statements which are considered attacking the

Oprah Winfrey Vs. Ellen DeGeneres - Compare and Contrast Essay

605 words - 3 pages Essay 2 Comparing and Contrasting ENG-111 Oprah and Ellen are very powerful women both in the television world and in real life. However, they are different from each other in many ways but also the same. But who is really the better talk show host? Everybody has their own opinions, and I respect them. But in my opinion I would have to say that Oprah Winfrey is the better talk show host. I have done some research to help me back up my opinion

Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gate´s Commencement Speeches at Harvard

932 words - 4 pages The commencement ceremony encourages each student’s search for knowledge. It often includes a speech which seeks to put their recent hard work into the context of their future. Oprah Winfrey’s Harvard commencement speech and Bill Gates’s Harvard commencement speech both give Harvard graduates important advice for the future. While there are differences between Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gate’s commencement speeches at Harvard, they both agree that

The Silent and the Loud

2243 words - 9 pages hard that I can barely get on my feet. “Oh thank goodness,” Victor says, “I thought he was going to kill me.” The white cloaked man pulls out a gun and kicks me over so I can’t see them, and says, “Your not out of the woods yet.” Victor screams and I hear a gunshot and a loud thud. Then he turns me over and says, “As for you Mr. Black Cloak, question him when you’re dead.” He starts to point the gun towards me, but before he can click the barrel

A short biography of the career of Oprah Winfrey. Not to entertain to to give information

400 words - 2 pages Oprah Winfrey was born Kosciusko, Mississippi on a farm. This is where she began her broadcasting career by learning to read aloud and perform recitations at the age of three. At age six she moved to Milwaukee and lived with her mother till the age of 13. Oprah's broadcasting career started age 17, when she was hired by WVOL radio in Nashville. Two years later she signed with WTVF-TV in Nashville as a reporter and anchor. Oprah attended

The Glory Of Oprah WinfreyArchive of American Televison. (2013). The Oprah Winfrey Show. Archive of American Televison. Retrieved February 27, 201

1040 words - 5 pages There are a variety of leaders in the world, some can be positive influence, and some can be negative influence, while others can be both. The thing that defines whether a leader is a positive influence, negative influence, or both is the traits and characteristics that each possess. Either way a leader acquires the respect of their followers in their own unique way. Oprah Winfrey is an example of a positive leader who acquired her audience

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

2078 words - 8 pages A large portion of contemporary film and theatre has been lacking in substance. More often than not, we are presented with a “been there, seen that” scenario. One such exception to this rule is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, a film by John Cameron Mitchell that was released in 2001. Set primarily in post-Cold War America, Hedwig is a film that characteristically breaks convention. Our story follows Hedwig, a forgotten and confused homo…trans…well

How do we Move Forward? The Key to Unlocking Healing in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

1340 words - 6 pages In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer explores trauma and its impact on people. When faced with a devastating situation, it is only human nature to search for answers in everything. For the characters of Oskar and his grandfather, it is clear that the guilt and sadness alters their everyday lives, which they spend searching for answers. On the other hand, even though she is mourning the loss of her husband, Oskar’s mother

Twelve Angry Men and the Jurors of The Kevorkian Trials

2347 words - 9 pages people carry out their death wishes; therefore, his solution was a suicide machine (Chermak 103). In this way, more than 130 were helped by Dr. Kevorkian and his suicide machine (Chua-Eoan). Although Kevorkian was tried five times, he was found innocent four times (Chermak 108-115). His jury had an onerous time coming to their conclusion. Throughout Twelve Angry Men, written by Reginald Rose, Twelve jurors had to decide the fate of one boy convicted

The Significance of Power in William Shakespeare's Othello, Gwen Harwood’s “In the Park”, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

1728 words - 7 pages , unspoken worries and her acknowledgement that she can do nothing about it. Finally finishing up with one last example of power film based on the novel “Extremely loud and incredibly close”(ELIC). ELIC is about a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome whose father died in 9/11. In this film the audience witnesses the power of human emotion to overcome reason. As the boy (Oskar) struggles to come to reason with the death of his father we see the

A Real Twelve Angry Men and The Rodney King Trial

1900 words - 8 pages It was April 29th, 1992, and “Dawn was just filtering over Los Angeles and Courtroom 890 was silent as a tomb”(Mathews 1). The Rodney King trial had taken a little over two months and the verdict had the potential to change the history of the United States indefinitely. In both the Rodney King Beating Trial and the play Twelve Angry Men, racism played a major part in the original verdict. Rodney King was definitely in the wrong on the night of

Similar Essays

Oprah Winfrey Owning The Media

1057 words - 5 pages The average Canadian watches 30 hours of television a week. Television is one of the biggest influences in media, and just one show can change someone’s life. One of these influential shows is the Oprah Winfrey Show. It was one of Oprah Winfrey’s greatest achievements that gave her the opportunity of a lifetime to speak to the world around her. She was able to help people that were just like her, and make people’s lives better. She was the first

Oprah Winfrey: The Beacon Of Love

1512 words - 6 pages "It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always." - Oprah Winfrey-The power of an individual is the ability to beat the odds under harsh circumstances; once a person overcomes obstacles, this resilience reaches out to help others. An inspired person is an inspiring person, one who has had to overcome great struggles. Oprah Winfrey overcame great odds to become an unstoppable motivator and an

The Influential Power Of Oprah Winfrey

1074 words - 4 pages How can one person, whom most people have never met, influence the lives of people in the world today in such positive ways? Oprah Winfrey has been able to persuade and inspire many people around the world today because she has simply believed in herself and the good of the people. Oprah once said, “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life because you become what you believe” (Lowe 170). The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Angel

The Life Of Oprah Gail Winfrey

1692 words - 7 pages The Life of Oprah Gail Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey was born January 29, 1954 on the family farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her dad, Vermon Winfrey, who was stationed as a solider at a local base; and her mother, Vernita Lee, were both young at the time of Oprah's birth. Her parents never married. Shortly after she was born her mother found a job, as a maid, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Oprah was left in the care of her