Investigating the existence of tabloidisation in mainstream media and its relationship with the Fourth Estate

Bramble, Ross (2016) Investigating the existence of tabloidisation in mainstream media and its relationship with the Fourth Estate. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation investigates the evidential existence of the academic theory of tabloidisation, and the relationship tabloidisation shares with the long held notion of journalism as the Fourth Estate.
    In order to draw informed conclusions on both of these points, a thorough, systematic and methodical approach is taken across all three main chapters of this dissertation. To begin, the dissertation considers the establishment of tabloidisation as an academic theory, as well as evidencing its existence in the so called quality press. The investigation continues in to chapters two, where the impact of tabloidisation on journalism, readership and the audience is explored in greater detail. Finally, chapter three investigates the nature of the Fourth Estate, before comparing its values with those of tabloidisation, to consider whether the two are theoretically compatible.
    In the conclusion, all of these factors are pulled together to draw an informed conclusion as to whether or not tabloidisation and the Fourth Estate share a positive or negative relationship with one another.
    This dissertation makes a conscious effort to examine tabloidisation from all angles, and consider it not only in theoretical terms, but also in practical terms. This includes considering whether tabloidisation and the Fourth Estate should even be compared, and whether one can survive without the other.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 13:20
    Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 13:21
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21637

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