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Celebrity Culture Review of the Book

Understanding Celebrity (Chapter 4) Celebrity, The Tabloid and the Democratic Public Sphere:

The Tabloidisation Debate

This section talks about the tabloidisation and the debate about the relation to journalism. Tabloidisation term was used to call the sections in British Daily Press. However, the term now also refers to television programs. In US, these programs include investigation programs like A Current Affair, reality TV programs like Cops, and talk-confession show like Oprah. These development of term indicates the contemporary shift in media content, production, and consumption. The shift creates a debate among the critics. Some are against the shift. They are Todd Gitlin and James Carey. They argue that journalism must be separated from infotainment (form of tabloidisation) because it distracts the audience from more important news. The critics that supports infotainment then born. Ian Connell is one of them. He argues that personallisation of the news create more effective means of journalism. The neutral critics also appear. John Hartley said that the binarism in media industry (such as: information against entertainment) does not make any less prejudical as a mental map of modern media. Jane Shattuc also refers to the same context. She said, these shows are neither intrinsically progressive nor intrinsically regressive. In my opinion, this section can improve our comprehension of understanding tabloidisation through the critics debate. The three main point of views of the debate (against, support, and neutral) can direct us to see the plus and the minus of tabloidisation. This section can be suggested as the reference for the students who are willing to do research about tabloidisation.