Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Linton, James,


Mass Communications.




This thesis media production includes a textual research document and a broadcast quality video. By examining and researching the broadcast interview as a popular cultural form of expression and subsequently questioning the validity of this form as a means of communicating truth or "objective" fact, the textual component provides a theoretical background and argument for the video component. Who's Asking...? is a thirteen minute video shot on location in London, England in the summer of 1995. The video overturns and parodies the conventional newsgathering techniques and traditions of the person-on-the-street interviews. Instead of hiding behind the camera and asking questions of innocent bystanders, the "maker" of Who's Asking...? is always on camera and is shown listening to questions from anonymous people-on-the-street, The video includes several intertitles and conceptual gaps within which the viewer is invited to participate in the dialogical process. Both components will be of interest to those studying the broadcast television medium especially as it intersects with the history of documentary film and news techniques. The text component includes a semiotic analysis of interviewing manuals and a discussion of the possibilities for a "dialogical" context for the broadcast interview. The latter is an attempt to describe a more democratic, less authoritarian and ideologically based environment for viewing and participating in the mediated interview. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0014. Adviser: James Linton. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1996.