Tabloid - Whether we are interested or not the industry of...

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Whether we are interested or not, the industry of celebrity gossip is all around us, regardless of where you look. Tabloid magazines such as In Touch , US Weekly , and Star 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
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recognize any patterns or similarities that I notice in the responses received through a survey, that may be found in Appendix A. Any and all parallels that I notice will further be referred to as Data. I hope to establish whether the consumption of such media is detrimental or assenting to an individual’s concept of self and/or reality. Finally, I will explain how the attitudes of such consumers are towards celebrities themselves. I began by obtaining a list of the most popular publications, along with their circulation numbers and demographics. I compiled the data from US Weekly (Appendix B) , OK!, People, The National Enquirer, Star, and the highly popular British tabloid, Hello. Star Us Weekly OK! People National Enquirer Hello 1,514,003 1,880,291 1,757,538 3,738,902 1,119,068 2,634,021 Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly Weekly X Online Online Online Online X From there I found the average demographics of the six publications combined. I determined the following: Adults aged 18-44 count for 94 percent of all readers
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