Essay - Tabloid Magazines Although Very Few of Us Would Actually Admit...

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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 the average tabloid is full ***** articles ***** can in no way be considered to be news. Elaborate stories of alien kidnapping. Elvis e*****one. Stories about Princess Diana, who will remain tabloid fodder for decades, one guesses.

But the proper way to consider the role that tabloids 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 ***** to read about Princess ***** ***** ***** we are expecting statistics about the class structure of England. Rather, we read about her *****ca*****e ***** want to come to a better underst*****nding of what it means to be beautiful, of how fate and destiny touch our lives, ***** what it means to have birth mean more than accomplishment.

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

Tabloids have in many ways taken over the story-telling role of ***** culture - a ***** once held by tale*****spinners sitting around campfires. These story are not meant to be believed, or at least not on the level of surface details. But they are meant 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***** m*****d could provide links beyond the individual, ***** in his 1912 Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung explored the connections between the stories ***** liv*****g people and ancient myths. Jung argued ***** our stories ***** a way in which we could recapture ***** common experiences of all ***** humanity and so ga***** from the experiences of all ***** humanity.

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

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


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