Family members interacting while watching television.
In this chapter, by focusing on a specific type of intertextual repetition, I demonstrate how the public and the private are intertwined moment-by-moment in family interaction. Considering the relationship between the public and the private as essentially dialogic helps to demonstrate that family discourse is not private per se; rather it is a complex combination of the public and the private. By incorporating elements of television texts into their discourse, family members blend the public and the private into a dialogic unity. This chapter also shows that television viewing is a key site for studying the interrelationship between the public and the private, and that television texts can be understood asthe other or a social mirror (Bakhtin, 2000) that links family members with the world that lies outside their circle of family and friends.
Tovares, Alla, "Family members interacting while watching television." (2012). Department of English Faculty Publications. 23.