Love It or Loathe It

Audience Responses to Tabloids in the UK and Germany

Mascha K. Brichta

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Love It or Loathe It

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Pub Date: November 2011

ISBN: 9783837618853

294 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $50.00

Love It or Loathe It

Audience Responses to Tabloids in the UK and Germany

Mascha K. Brichta

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Popular newspapers like the British The Sun and the German Bild regularly invite controversy over their morals and methods, power and responsibility, political and social impact. At best, their reporting is rejected as trivial, vulgar and tasteless; at worst, it is deemed hazardous to the workings of democratic society. Yet, the papers are able to attract large audiences, and contribute significantly to the daily lives of millions of readers. This book looks at popular newspapers from an audience point of view. Examining the crucial relationship between news and entertainment, it provides timely empirical evidence for the values tabloids really have for readers and modern day Britain and Germany. Contradicting common myths and stereotypes, the book calls for fresh perspectives on the popular media and their audiences. With a foreword by Peter Dahlgren, Lund University, Sweden.

About the Author

Mascha K. Brichta (Dr.) is a professional media researcher and photographer. She took her Ph.D. at the University of Westminster in London, UK, and now lives in Hamburg, Germany. Her research interests include audiences, the press, and the popular media.