|About the book|
Arranged thematically, the book addresses definitions and debates, values and ethics, carnival and excess, celebrity, gender and sexuality, production and the audience. With specially written introductions to the volume and to each section, the Reader features key writings from leading scholars in the field. Essays explore the history and origins of tabloid culture and concepts such as the press, magazines, shock-jocks, the public sphere, reality and talk show television, photojournalism and voyeurism, and examples used include:
Contributors: Mark Andrejevic, Feona Attwood, Karin Becker, S. Elizabeth Bird, Anita Biressi, Frances Bonner, Kate Brooks, Martin Conboy, Mark Deuze, John Fiske, Bob Franklin, Des Freedman, Kevin Glynn, Laura Grindstaff, Jostein Gripsrud, Bridget Griffen-Foley, Su Holmes, Patricia Holland, Leon Hunt, A. M. Jönsson, Jason Kosovski, P. David Marshall, Victoria Mapplebeck, Heather Nunn, Henrik Örnebring, Mark Pursehouse, Graeme Turner, Pamela Wilson.
|About the authors|
Anita Biressi is Head of Film, Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts, Roehampton University, UK.
Heather Nunn is Reader in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Arts, Roehampton University, UK.
|Table of contents|
Foreword by Martin Conboy.
Introduction: Why tabloid culture?
PART 1: Debates, concepts, theories
Section 1. Tabloid Culture: Definitions and debates
Bob Franklin ‘Newszak: entertainment versus news and information’
Jönsson, Anna Maria and Örnebring, Henrik ‘Tabloid journalism and the public sphere: a historical perspective on tabloid journalism’
Jostein Gripsrud ‘Tabloidisation, Popular Journalism and Democracy’
Martin Conboy ‘The popular press: Surviving postmodernity’
Section 2.Tabloid Media: values and ethics
Graeme Turner ‘Ethics, entertainment, and the tabloid: the case of talkback radio in Australia’
Des Freedman ’The Daily Mirror and the War on Iraq: Profits, Politics and Product Differentiation’
Becker, K. ‘Photojournalism and the tabloid press’
Section 3. Spectacle, carnival, and excess
Feona Attwood ‘A very British carnival: women, sex and transgression in Fiesta magazine’
Martin Conboy ‘Carnival and the popular press’
John Fiske ‘The carnivalesque’
Leon Hunt ‘From carnival to crumpet: low comedy in the 1970s’
PART 2: Aspects of tabloid culture
Section 4. Celebrity
Graeme Turner, Frances Bonner and P.D. Marshall (eds) ‘The meaning and significance of celebrity’
Anita Biressi and Heather Nunn ‘The especially remarkable: celebrity and social mobility in Reality TV’
Su Holmes ‘”Off-guard, unkempt, unready”?: Deconstructing contemporary celebrity in heat magazine’
Kevin Glynn ‘The tabloidisation of OJ Simpson’
Section 5. Gender and sexuality
Kate Brooks ‘Loaded with Meaning: researching men's lifestyle magazines’.
Patricia Holland ‘The politics of the smile: “Soft news” and the sexualisation of the popular press’
Jason Kosovski ‘Performing Masculinity: Reflexive-Sadomasochism in MTV’s Jackass’.
PART 3: Tabloid culture, production and consumption
Section 6. Producing tabloid culture: behind the scenes
Mark Deuze ‘Popular journalism and professional ideology: tabloid reporters and editors speak out’
S. Elizabeth Bird ‘Writing the tabloid’
Laura, Grindstaff ‘Producing trash: class, and the money shot: a behind the scenes account of daytime Tv talk shows’
Victoria Mapplebeck ‘Money shot’
Section 7. Tabloid audiences, consumers, fans
Pursehouse, M. ‘Looking at the Sun: Into the Nineties with a Tabloid and its Readers’
Bridget Griffen-Foley ‘From Tit-Bits to Big Brother: A Century of Audience Participation’
Mark Andrejevic ‘Reality TV and voyeurism’
Pamela Wilson ‘Jamming Big Brother: webcasting, audience intervention, and narrative activism’