Essay Tabloids: A Representation of what we consider News

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Tabloids: A Representation of what we consider News

Why is it that every time we see that someone is keeping a journal we have that gut urge to sneak into their bag and read all of their innermost thoughts? We all experience it. Although most want to deny it, there is no escaping that part of us that wants to know all we can about other people. Luckily, there is a medium that lets us do just that. Tabloids make the lives of others, especially celebrities, an open book for all to read and scrutinize. Not only do tabloids offer the lives of others on a silver platter, but they also let readers get sensational satisfaction, meaning they have the ability to be actively involved in articles with all their senses. Emotional
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Ballads would be put together in an interesting and easy to read style which was easy for the public to understand. The newly semiliterate public was looking for something easy and entertaining to read. Ballads would explore mysterious happenings, tragedy, miracles, and epic stories that would engage the public.

Because the demand for such stories like these was so high, those who published ballads would often take stories that interested people the most, and reshape them. They would recycle the stories by changing dates, characters, or locations. The stories being told in ballads would often times be stories told in the past, just changed in order to make them seem more up to date. Urban legends would be reiterated in numerous different versions. Without the sufficient evidence to prove the validity of the stories, ballads would often support its stories by claiming the story was formulated from eye witnesses or credible sources that got their information from word of mouth.

Along with ballads, religious publications that emerged with the introduction of the printing press also played a role in the development of tabloids. Religious publications would often grab readers by using vivid descriptions to personally engage readers into the writing. Lurid visual descriptions and gut wrenching details made religious writing virtually impossible to ignore. Although the purpose of religious

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