Reading Supermarket Tabloids as Menippean Satire

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This essay uses theoretical positions established in contemporary cultural studies to analyze “outlandish” American supermarket tabloids like the Weekly World News and the Sun. In particular, Pierre Bourdieu's notion of cultural capital, Mikhail Bakhtin's conception of menippean satire, Michel Foucault's theory of disciplinary power, and John Fiske's understanding of the popular are used to explain various aspects of tabloid discourse. The paper also draws upon evidence from a recently published study of tabloid readers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-37
Number of pages19
JournalCommunication Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes


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