Word of Mouth
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The De-Evolution Of Women's Magazines

From Ladies Home Journal: “Our first celebrity cover appeared in 1904, when John Singer Sargent sketched Ethel Barrymore.”

Magazines like Good Housekeeping and Ladies Home Journal have been published since the late 19th century. In the late 1950s and early 60s, readers could find serialized fiction and serious non-fiction sandwiched between recipes for Jell-O salad and housework how-to’s. Now, high circulation women’s magazines hardly include long-form pieces at all, much less excerpted novels, or hard-hitting journalism.

Laura Vanderkam writes for City Journal.  Her article “Journey Through the Checkout Racks,” explores this shift in content found in women’s magazines, and what it means for its target audience.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:42 am
Mon February 6, 2012

The Acrosses and Downs of Crossword Celebrity

Photo by yoohoojuju, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

From reality-TV star, to political infamy, to the insular fame of industry insiders, modern celebrity comes in many forms.

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