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Tabloid Magazines

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

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

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

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

Jung was fascinated by the ways in which the unc*****scious mind could provide links beyond the individual, ***** in his 1912 Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung expl*****ed the connections between the stories of liv*****g people and ancient myths. Jung argued that ***** stories provide a w*****y in which we could recapture the common experiences ***** all of humanity and so ga***** from the experiences ***** all of humanity.

***** constantly looked to non-Western ***** past cultures in an attempt to discover what ideas ***** hold ***** ***** with all other humans, and found ***** we do indeed share a gre*****t deal. This knowledge that our dreams connect us to the rest ***** humanity should make us feel a ***** of power, because they are a re*****er that we are not in fact alone in the world and ***** whatever problems we may be facing in our lives ***** been faced - and surmounted - by o*****rs before us.

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


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