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Bohlen Peter Bohlen Ben Sammons English 101 Sept. 18, 2006 Diversity through Writing Styles Dear Publisher, It has come to my attention that the two magazines In Touch and OK! have recently been criticized for publishing similar articles that cover the same subject matter. I feel that it is my duty to contradict these statements in order to convince you, the publisher, not to merge these magazines. It has come to my consideration that these two magazines create two diverse discourse communities through their writing styles and subject matter within. OK! and In Touch are two gossip magazines that give common people a taste of stardom through one on one interviews and gossip style articles. These are both gossip weekly magazines that closely follow the lives of movie stars and other famous people. Upon first inspection, both magazines have their covers full of pictures of stars and couples, as well as the featured stories. In Touch features four featured articles, with the main article titled, “Will Another Baby Change Brad’s Mind?” In smaller font highlighted in red states that “Brad Wont get married!” The other cover stories include articles on Anna Nicole’s recent loss of her son, Owen Wilson, and his love life. The most interesting article is titled “Britney’s Baby Drama.” This story stands out because on the cover of OK! we find an article labeled “Brit & Kevin’s baby joy!”. It is clear already that there are diverse opinions of the writers of these two magazines. On the cover of OK! we also find the featured article on Nick Lachey and his girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo, stating that they are ready for marriage. The other cover articles include an article on famous people who are ready to get married as well as another article on Anna Nicole’s “Recent Tragedy.” Upon close inspection of the advertisements within the article, it is easy to see that two discourse communities are clear. The first two common makeup advertisements I came upon show a discourse community. In OK! the most common makeup advertisement is a Loreal advertisement, which features attractive women wearing mascara, attractive clothes, as well expensive looking jewelry. In the magazine In Touch however, there is a Maybelline advertisement which displays an average looking person that has a bit more makeup than usual. They play the woman off as attractive, but in a modest and casual way. In comparing these two advertisements I have concluded that In Touch is directed to a more casual and modest crowd, while OK! is directed for an upper class audience that prefers to feel good and look even better. Upon examination of the editorials, it is also clear that there is a discourse community. The
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2009 for the course PHYS 351 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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