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We know it’s bad for us

Sometimes the media demonises trends in popular culture, seeking to whip up a moral panic. Sometimes the media rightly points out how damaging some trends can be: here’s Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett on the problem of retouched selfies (and representations of women).

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Posted: September 8, 2016

An example of airbrushing taken too far

Lena Dunham, creator of the TV programme Girls, was reportedly angry at the ‘mad Photoshopping’ of a photograph of her used on the cover of Spanish magazine Tentaciones. 

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Despite the enthusiasm of the media to investigate this, it turns out Dunham was mistaken

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Posted: March 5, 2016

Lads’ mags and the law

Campaigners want the removal from sale of titles such as Nuts as they are harmful to women. The sale of the magazines could mean a breach of sexual discrimination laws. Whatever the truth, it’s worth reflecting on what this would mean for all those other publications that include damaging representations of females. The lads’ mags may be a problem, but it could be argued that so too are teen girl magazines, except they aren’t as honest or transparent in their negative representations.

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Posted: May 27, 2013

No More More!

The teen girl magazine More! is closing. Is this another indicator of the decline in an old-fashioned format in the face of electronic competition? Maybe, but that’s not the whole story; general lifestyle magazines, particularly those aimed at teenagers, aren’t always strong in the current media climate but some magazines are on the increase in print – usually those catering for a specific interest. Miss Vogue, for example, is about to launch, and rather than offering a wide ranging ‘lifestyle’ offering, it is more focused on teenagers and fashion (mostly very expensive fashion, but then it is Vogue.

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Posted: May 6, 2013

Nuts: 2 useful articles

Here are some fairly recent ABC figures for Nuts:

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And here are some insightful reflections on being a woman working on a men’s magazine:

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Posted: April 11, 2013

Tablets+Apps Better for Magazines?

Magazines have never really got on well in an online world. You can probably guess why: webpages are often template driven providers of content, not fully designed, packages of content. Adverts are a part of the joy of magazines, online they’re filtered either by eyes or software to block them. Web versions of magazines were never going to make any money, it seemed.

Maybe apps and the tablet computer – realistically the iPad mostly – will mean magazine publishers can embrace a digital future. The Telegraph has a useful article on lads’ mags and the iPad – read it if you’re studying the magazine industry.

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Posted: April 7, 2013

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