I need help creating a thesis and an outline on Talk Shows. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. A plethora of academic literature exists in media and communications about the new talk show genres increasingly present in the new media age that continues to cloud many countries of the world (Higgins, 2006 p. 14). As noted by many scholars, talk shows have no social significance because of issues surrounding gendered dimensions of talk show programs (Livingstone, 1994 p. 429), representation and reality, the problem of control over interactions, quality of arguments, and the role hosts or moderators play in talk shows. Even though many criticisms emerge, the debate continues, as talk shows are becoming frequent ways of approaching various social, political, economic, and cultural problems in society.
There exists a continuous debate in media theory arguing media is involved in influencing the formation, consumption, and expression of public opinion and the spread of critical elite opinion. Therefore, the paper seeks to determine the extent to which the media offer a public sphere where audiences and citizens can debate various issues and make their leaders accountable through talk shows.
In realizing this objective, the paper engages in a comparative analysis of the public sphere and its relevant participants in Albania and Lithuania. An analysis of Albania will offer insight into the new media age and the impact of new media genres like talk shows on the public sphere and citizen participation. On Lithuania, the paper focuses on its public sphere and participants from the Soviet period, through the transitional period, and finally after independence. An Analysis of Lithuania exposes particular features of the public sphere and offers a difference between spontaneous and staged public spheres. Moreover, it demonstrates increased domination of the public sphere by commercial interests and disregard of state ideology. In Albania, the research exposes the role of social groups and media, especially television in creating a public sphere. This analysis supported by not only normal television talk shows as in Lithuania, but incorporates other new age media technologies like mobile phones, social media emails, internet on audiences at home, and in studios used to contribute to talk shows by media hosts.