We can all be tabloid journalists.
Becker’s article, Photojournalism and the Tabloid Press, basically describes tabloid journalism as a disgrace to real journalism. The author describes the tabloid press as fully relying on the photos with themes historically pertaining to, violence, sex, accidents, and society scandals. If we look at tabloids today these themes are still the driving force. Go to any check out line at Wegmans and you will see Katie Holmes and Suri strolling down the street with a caption saying something like, “Life without Tom.” We love to know what celebrities are doing, and butt in on their daily lives, and the tabloids help us to do that.
Now call me crazy but tabloid photojournalism is starting to creep in to our personal lives, where we are all the celebrity subjects that can be the next victims to land of the front page. How you may ask? I’ll tell you…Facebook. As much as we love to see what celebrities are doing day to day, we love even more to “stalk” our peers and see who got a little too rowdy at the bar last weekend. Facebook has become our own personal tabloids in a sense. When we sign on we are directed to a “news feed” where we can see into everyones lives. And lets face it, not all of these pictures are professional.
Maybe tabloids and celebrities weren’t enough we had to take it another step and nose in on our friends and family, only further insulting actual journalism in the process.