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

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

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

Tabloids have in many ways taken over the story-*****ing role of our culture - a role 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 ***** meant to be truthful in some deeper sense. They illuminate what Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called archetypes.

***** was fascinated by the ways in ***** ***** unconscio***** m*****d could provide links beyond the individual, and in his 1912 Psychology of the Unconscious, Jung explored the connections bet*****en the s*****ries ***** living people and ancient myths. Jung argued ***** our stories ***** a w*****y in which we could recapture ***** common experiences of all ***** humanity and so ga***** from the experiences of all of humanity.

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

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

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