SEMINAR REFLECTION – TABLOIDISATION

In this week’s seminar we discussed the concept of ‘tabloidization’. We started off by defining the term and set up examples of times where news media had become more interested in tabloid news rather than factual news. Tabloidization refers to the emphasis the media places on celebrity (culture) news over the factual happenings. Tabloidization takes great care in providing the public with sensational human-interest stories. We discussed this idea and said it was important to understand the meaning of the word ‘news’, and that other people may interpret it differently. While some may say that news must be consumed in order to develop an understanding of the world, others argue that they cannot change anything when listening to the news and therefore decide not to pay attention to it. Furthermore, there are a variety of news platforms available to the public nowadays to consume their daily dose of news. There is simply too many options for an individual as there is so much content that they can choose to read. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide what their interests are. If you like politics, you have got many websites dedicated to such topics and provide their audience with content on these matters and likewise, if you like to read on pop culture that will also be available to you, which is why I think arguing that news is becoming more like tabloid news is wrong. Academics like to argue that the news media are becoming increasingly more interested in pop culture, which encourages generations to develop greater interest in those topics. They suggest that it goes against core journalistic values, their main point being that these dramatic stories are not in the public interest. However, we said that it was understandable that the public would rather read a story about cats, rather than reading the continuously appearing reports on warzones and sombre stories like such. In the end we think that sensational headlines and extraordinary stories simply attract more readers as it acts as a form of entertainment to the public.

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