Joshua Gamson is a professor of sociology at University of San Fransisco and author of Freaks Talk Back and Claims to Fame.
The rise of infotainment and tabloid TV news reflects popular acceptance of the summons to turn news into play -- which people are willing to do when they have given up on public life.Joshua GamsonFall 1994
Daytime television has become a "freak show," but it's also an opportunity (and not an entirely bad one) for gays and others with nonconforming lives to talk directly with the public.Joshua GamsonFall 1995
Which is stronger, the craving for publicity or the desire for privacy? The Truman Show demonstrates how tightly married these impulses are.Joshua GamsonNovember-December 1998