Authenticity and Access: Cultural Intermediation in Pop Culture Podcasts

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dc.contributor.advisor Goode, L en
dc.contributor.author Manickam, Jovita en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-10T19:31:23Z en
dc.date.issued 2020 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51424 en
dc.description Full Text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract Cultural intermediation is an essential, but under-studied phenomenon which was first examined and outlined by French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu (1984) argued that cultural intermediation involved the “gentle manipulation” (p. 365) of consumers’ tastes for the purpose of reproducing social stratification. In recent years, however, scholars have posited that cultural intermediation varies according to medium and context, and that there is a greater need to examine the practice in different media (Maguire Smith and Matthews 2010, p. 415). As the podcast is a medium about which there have been similar calls for further study (Berry 2015; Spinelli & Dann 2019), this research sought to understand the nature of cultural intermediation as it is carried out in pop culture podcasts. On the basis of the literature, two research questions were asked. Firstly, what is the nature of cultural intermediation in podcasting? Secondly, how is cultural value constructed by cultural intermediaries in podcasting? The study then employed textual analysis to examine select episodes of three podcasts: Pop Culture Happy Hour (NPR), Still Processing (New York Times) and Culture Gabfest (Slate). Through a careful examination of the latent themes and messages in these episodes, the research found that cultural intermediation is marked by a blurring of hosts’ professional and personal lives and a devotion to high, low and middle-brow culture. The findings here make a contribution to the academic literature on both podcasting and cultural intermediation, shedding light on how both practices are carried out in our current cultural moment. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265288613502091 en
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dc.title Authenticity and Access: Cultural Intermediation in Pop Culture Podcasts en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Media, Film and Television en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 803794 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2020-06-11 en


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