Today at the airport I saw a magazine cover that caught my attention. I can’t remember which magazine it was, could have been People or OK magazine, but the headline of this magazine said, “Taylor and Calvin - Wedding bells and a baby on the way!”. I had to read that twice because that really caught me off guard. Being a huge Taylor Swift fan, I obviously knew this wasn’t true. It made me realize how much magazines and media in general can twist people’s words, or make up a complete lie, to get the audience’s attention! Sometimes it can be ridiculous and must really annoy the stars on the covers of these magazines.
Another example I remember hearing about was that Kim Kardashian was on the cover of a magazine, and the headline was, “Kim gains 40 pounds!!”. First of all, I always think it’s ridiculous when anyone’s weight is talked about on the cover of a magazine - like, who cares?! However, this made me even more upset because she is pregnant! Of course she’s gaining weight! It’s crazy to me to think that someone could have written that cover, shaming her for gaining weight, yet it still go published? It shocks me today that these magazine companies say whatever about someone in the wrong context just to get attention.
I understand why media does this - to get more views and to help get attention on their company. However, after so many years of publication, you would think magazines would go about getting attention in a better way? While some people love reading about gossip and false statements about celebrities that they think is real, it’s clear that the media can go to greater lengths sometimes and will make up whatever about someone just to sell the story. I’ve learned that that’s our society and the type of business market we live in.
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