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Tabloid Tales: Global Debates over Media Standards
     

Tabloid Tales: Global Debates over Media Standards

by Colin Sparks (Editor)
 

Coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky saga followed in a long trail of media exposures of the more personal details of the lives of public figures. Many commentators have seen stories like this, and TV shows like Jerry Springer's, as evidence of a decline in the standards of the mass media. This increasing interest in private lives and the falling off of coverage of

Overview

Coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky saga followed in a long trail of media exposures of the more personal details of the lives of public figures. Many commentators have seen stories like this, and TV shows like Jerry Springer's, as evidence of a decline in the standards of the mass media. This increasing interest in private lives and the falling off of coverage of serious news is often described as Otabloidization.O The essays in this book are the first serious scholarly studies of what is going on and what its implications are. Reality, it turns out, is much more complex than some of the laments suggest. As the contributors show, this is not just a U.S. problem but is repeated in country after country, and it is not certain that the media anywhere are getting more tabloid. What is more, there is no consensus about whether tabloidization is just 'dumbing down' or whether it is a necessary tactic for the mass media to engage with new audiences who do not have the news habit. Tabloid Tales will be of interest to students and scholars in journalism, mass communication, political science, and cultural and media studies.

Editorial Reviews

European Journal Of Communication
This book is worth reading and the ideas in it worth exploring.
Journal of Communication
The book is an excellent source of theoretical discussion and well-supported research on tabloidization.
Media Ethics
The scope and range of these chapters are impressive.
Columbia Journalism Review - James Boylan
Most rewarding.
Journal Of Communication
The book is an excellent source of theoretical discussion and well-supported research on tabloidization.
Columbia Journalism Review
Most rewarding.
— James Boylan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847695720
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/22/2000
Series:
Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.99(d)

Meet the Author

Colin Sparks is professor of media studies in the Centre for Communication and Information Studies at the University of Westminster. John Tulloch is chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster.

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