Sexy in the Tabloid Age
This is an image I took of two magazine covers that I had, strategically placed on a youthful-looking bed with a stuffed animal. This is to represent what is considered “news”, which consequently shapes how everyone (especially youth) consume media. I thought this concept connected very well to Karin Becker’s article, “Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press”. While these images/magazines do not contain hard news content, the articles are made out to be necessary facts about how the idealized female should function. The two covers had eerily similar women – both blonde, blue-eyed girls with arms spread wide and large chests. They wear bright, not-dark colors, with lots of skin exposed. In a way, this is very much sensationalism. Becker defines sensational journalism as “break[ing] the press, ascribed guidelines of ethical practice with the intention of attracting attention in order to sell papers”. How much these images were altered, or how much the article details were fudged, is unbeknownst to the reader/viewer. Regardless, young females go out in droves to buy these magazines in attempts to attain this idealized version of womanhood, myself included. Ultimately, this process shapes the magazine and commercial landscape, affecting all demographics in the process.