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Tabloid Magazines

Although very few of us would actually admit to it a lot ***** us m*****t actually be reading the tabloid press because publications like "The National Inquirer" sell hundreds of thousands of copies each day. This is true desp*****e the fact that ***** average tabloid is full ***** articles ***** can in no way be considered to be news. Elaborate stories of alien kidnapp*****g. Elvis e*****one. Stories about Princess Diana, who will remain tabloid fodder for decades, one guesses.

***** the proper way to consider the role that *****s serve in our daily cultural life. They do not exist to tell us ***** ***** workings of senate subcommittees. Rather, tabloids exist ***** provide ***** insights into important ***** issues. We turn to ***** to read about Princess ***** ***** ***** we are expecting statistics about the class structure ***** England. Rather, we read about her *****cause ***** want to come to a better underst*****nding of what it means to be *****autiful, of how fate and destiny touch ***** lives, ***** what it means to have birth mean more than accomplishment.

Tabloids tell us, at least ***** some extent, what it is that we are concerned ***** as a culture. We fear aliens because part of the human psyche is designed to fear that which is different - and ***** ***** about as ***** ***** you can get. ***** long ***** stories about ***** visitations of angels because we desperately ***** ***** to believe that there are creatures watching over us.

Tabloids have in many ways taken over the story-telling role of our culture - a ***** once held by tale*****spinners sitting around campfires. These story are not meant to be believed, or at least not on ***** level of surface details. But they ***** ***** to be truthful in some deeper sense. They illuminate what Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called archetypes.

Jung was fascinated by the ways in ***** the unc*****scio***** mind could provide links beyond ***** individual, ***** in his 1912 Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung explored the connections between the s*****ries of living people and ancient myths. Jung argued ***** ***** stories ***** a w*****y in which we could recapture the common experiences of all of humanity and so gain from the experiences ***** all of humanity.

Jung constantly looked to non-Western ***** past cultures in an attempt to discover what ideas ***** hold ***** common with all other humans, and found that we do indeed share a great deal. This knowledge that our dreams connect us to the rest of humanity should make us feel a sense of po*****r, because they are a reminder th*****t we are not in fact al***** ***** the world and that whatever problems we may be facing in ***** lives have *****en faced - ***** surmounted ***** by others before us.

Jung believed that all creation ***** ********** created from these archetypes. He spent years study*****g different tribes in Africa. In his study he was c*****ful ***** choose tribes that

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