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Oprah Episode Analysis

The Oprah Winfrey Show was a top rated American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons from 1986 to 2011. The show became famous for its eponymous host Oprah Winfrey, along with its mix of lifestyle programming, celebrity interviews, and insight on current events. The following excerpt is from a live taping of the Oprah show in which the audience members watched the verdict of O.J. Simpson trial and had a brief discussion. Your task is to respond to the linked episode of Oprah with a brief critical media studies analysis. In at least 250 words, discuss 1) what is significant about this media text, especially in relationship to issues of race and gender and 2) how this form of media compares to other contemporary mass media that discussed the aftermath of the verdict.

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