Whether we are interested or not, the industry of celebrity gossip is all around us,
regardless of where you look. Tabloid magazines such as
lay out at the doctor’s office, they stare at you while you wait to check out line at the
grocery store, and we all have a friend with the latest copy sitting on their coffee table.
But it surrounds us in even greater ways, too. Seven nights a week, on nearly every other
channel you flip to are shows like Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood. And
when you log on to check your e-mail, or visit the Internet blogs of Perez Hilton or TMZ,
you’ll find even more dirt on your favorite celebrity.
These magazines, television shows and websites are made especially for those
interested in entertainment and celebrity news. They focus on popular culture, with each
issue or episode providing breaking news, exclusive celebrity interviews, and “original
photographs” of personalities in the arts, business, entertainment and sports worlds. This
industry has become famous for covering all aspects of celebrity news from the break-ups
and make-ups to the fashion and insider gossip.
Annual subscriptions to publications like People and The National Enquirer
average about $50 dollars, for roughly that many issues. But readers more commonly
pick up their tabloid magazines while they are shopping at the supermarket or for a long
airplane flight, spending as much as $5 dollars per copy. US Weekly, The National
Enquirer, Star and OK! all have circulation rates of over 1 million. People magazine’s
yearly circulation rate is just less than 3,800,000 (Cision media).
In the following pages of this paper, I will begin by establishing the audience that
is most commonly drawn to these forms of media. I will briefly describe the habits,
attitudes and points of view that these people hold. From there, I am going to attempt to