Tabloid culture

The political economy of a newspaper style

Authored by: Martin Conboy

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474


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This chapter will examine the dynamic relationship between the political economy of newspapers targeted towards a mass popular market and the development of a broader mass popular culture which some have identified as tabloid culture. Viewed historically, tabloids can be understood as an extreme version of Hampton’s shift from an educational to a representational ideal (2004); one which no longer views the reader as an isolated consumer but instead as part of a network of capitalized relations including other entertainment media, celebrity culture and advertising. The tabloid may have started simply as a newspaper style/format but it enters the contemporary era extended into a dominant cultural expression.

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