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Captions and the cooking show

Merchant, M.ORCID: 0000-0003-0923-1561, Ellis, K. and Latter, N. (2016) Captions and the cooking show. M/C Journal, 20 (3).

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While the television cooking genre has evolved in numerous ways to withstand competition and become a constant feature in television programming (Collins and College), it has been argued that audience demand for televisual cooking has always been high because of the daily importance of cooking (Hamada, “Multimedia Integration”). Early cooking shows were characterised by an instructional discourse, before quickly embracing an entertainment focus; modern cooking shows take on a more competitive, out of the kitchen focus (Collins and College). The genre has continued to evolve, with celebrity chefs and ordinary people embracing transmedia affordances to return to the instructional focus of the early cooking shows. While the television cooking show is recognised for its broad cultural impacts related to gender (Ouellette and Hay), cultural capital (Ibrahim; Oren), television formatting (Oren), and even communication itself (Matwick and Matwick), its role in the widespread adoption of television captions is significantly underexplored. Even the fact that a cooking show was the first ever program captioned on American television is almost completely unremarked within cooking show histories and literature.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Creative Media, Arts and Design
Publisher: M/C Journal
Copyright: © 2017 Melissa Merchant, Katie M Ellis, Natalie Latter
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