The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the ways audience reaction shots are used to tell the narrative of the talk show. Viewers at home see and hear the audible and physical reactions of the audience through clapping, laughing, and head nodding. Through a series of interviews, my research examined how reaction shots can influence the at-home viewer’s understanding of the program. Participants were asked to think generally about the shows that they watch and how they feel about them. My study is to determine to what extent at-home viewers feel a connection to the studio audience and how the studio audience has the ability to impact the beliefs of the at-home viewer. The three overall themes were elements of persuasion based on reaction shots, understanding a physical resemblance to the studio audience, and feeling an emotional connection to the studio audience.
Simpson, Matthew H., "“All of the Beautiful People”: A Qualitative Study of Audience Reaction Shots and the Effect They Have on the Viewer" (2014). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 5868.
Arts and Humanities
audience, television, reaction shot
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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