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OPRAH'S MAY 25 LAST SHOW MARKS THE END OF AN ERA

OPRAH'S MAY 25 LAST SHOW MARKS THE END OF AN ERA

Today marks the last episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which first aired in 1986. Not only did Oprah engender an era of self-help and self-validation, but she represented an important moment in American culture that, with her show's conclusion, is also coming to its end.

First, how we watch television will never be the same as when Oprah rose to fame. In an age of the DVR and Netflix, there is no need for daytime programming: All programming is now anytime programming. When Oprah began, she succeeded in a time slot and in a type of show that spoke directly to millions of women who were staying at home or perhaps wondering if they should be.

She instructed them on how to live their best lives with the kind of frank discussion of domestic and professional issues that was rare at the time. Over the course of 25 years, she has had shows on every conceivable subject, from how to find love to how to save for your retirement, how to decorate your kitchen and how to heal yourself from childhood pain.

She concludes her show in a multimedia moment in which everyone with access to YouTube or a blog can be a mini-Oprah, broadcasting her first-person story or dispensing advice over the Internet. Precisely because the digital medium is available to just about everyone, there will never again be anyone quite like her. (more)

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Article by KATHRYN LOFTON, NY Daily News | Read Full article here