Friday, August 06, 2010

Do Tabloids Reflect The Tastes and Beliefs Of Most People?





I think they must.

After all, they are the biggest selling magazines in existence. They are at every cash register in every supermarket.

Even I buy them. I like to draw the celebrities, but I sometimes read the articles and wonder "Do people really care about this stuff?". Even more puzzling to me are the things that the Tabloids sell to the readers: Elvis plates, Dead Babies, The Noble Wolf Painted On Sawblades, Native American Heads carved from logs and this thing:Who buys this stuff? I'd kill to see Enquirer toys and Kincaid painted candle houses in someone's house.

Do the folks at Dreamworks understand the public in the same way that the Tabloid creators do? Is that why Shrek sells?

http://ak.collectiblestoday.com/images/product/280/1600153001.jpg
Does the average American eat frozen meat pies off Elvis while watching Shrek the Prequel?Reborn baby doll by Genevieve Montcombroux at a Doll-ce Vita

21 comments:

Alberto said...

possible answers for some of your queries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBOrSuPf4NM

martinus said...

Hi John.

Once again totally off topic, but here's a link to the most amazing colour photos of depression era America taken between 1939 and 1943.
http://extras.denverpost.com/archive/captured.html

I immediately just thought what excellent reference they make, not only because of the interesting people in the photos, but also the amazing composition.
Well worth checking out.
Would make for good background, and scenery practice.

Caleb said...

From my experience the Elvis plates are only for special occasions, like watching the first Shrek movie. The less valuable icons like Alf are for everyday use. When those Elvis plates appreciate in value, I don't want no Hot Pocket stains on them.

I think Elvis' clothing might illustrate your point. Over the years, the more he knew his audience the tackier he dressed.

Luis María Benítez said...

These stuff is being sold in the US right now? I'm glad we're poor around here.

Jonathan Harris said...

And here was me thinking you were being hyperbolic with the "dead babies" comment.

Roberto Severino said...

Tabloids are fake rubbish. Enough said. They usually make it painfully obvious that they're lying with outrageous, unproven claims. I see them all the time when I go the supermarket, and I wonder where they come up with such crazy lies to publish. It's almost like yellow journalism, except even more unprofessional.

I would have never guessed that Dreamworks had anything to do with the tabloid articles, or at least how they think. Fascinating mentality.

Guy Cx said...

Are these bizarre merchandises really popular in the US? They must be, if you can easily find their announces at common magazines...

You surely live in a twisted land, John.

John A said...

John, It should come as no surprise to you that that a huge percentage of the world's population has no taste whatsoever. (my dad's wife has lots of this gaudy junk) There are actual money making businesses out there that churn out this kind of crap. In fact, the audience is so huge that I sometimes even entertain the notion of grabbing a piece of that action.

Elana Pritchard said...

One thing I've learned from traveling the country: There is no such thing as the average American.

Spencer said...

John, I had to go and look for the source of that monkey doll and I was delighted to find that the rest of the seller's wares are just as if not more horrifying than that one: http://www.ashtondrake.com/

It makes me wonder, are there crazy women out there who collect lifelike baby dolls in an attempt to send some sort of message to their partners?

Or who are old spinsters convinced that they'll never have kids? Sort of the type of people who would go see the incubated babies at Coney Island in the first half of the 1900s? (now that, I imagine, was entertainment).

This one might be the... best... though: http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/301156001_so-truly-real-vinyl-doll.html

HemlockMan said...

I long ago stopped trying to figure out the masses.

RooniMan said...

The tabloids and Dreamworks must have a connection.

Mick said...

brilliant... it is trully a mystery to everyone other than the silent masses... who it appears are the majority... in which case it is they that are the 'everyone'

Oisin O'Sullivan said...

That baby-thing is absolutely disgusting.
Tabloids can afford to print so many lies because of the huge revenue they receive from selling those "newspapers", they can afford to be sued for big money a couple times a year by big celebrities and still turn over a big profit. Sad.
And, yes, supply-and-demand would dictate that the best-selling products are the ones the majority wants the most.

Thiago Levy said...

I don't know John, but you sure understands me. I find amazing when people I work with want's to be a Dreamworks or ''new Disney". I was showing them The Ripping Friends in a attempt to make them understand how unexpressive and zombi like is the most of the stuff they like and try to emulate. Just the fact that my boss comes up to me with a still frame of Toy Story and tells me "I want it to be like this" makes me want rip my shirt and scream ITS RIPPING TIME! Why not create a new style? Why does it have to be the same generic Barbie looking crap? Why I can't pop the characters eye out of his head? Why do they all have to look like plastic. Why can't I change the background colors to match emotions. Why does it every thing has to be 3D?

blakepackard.com said...

Sigh... I work at that place.

Its funny, really, the marketing is looking outward, making sure people are already fans of "blank" well before they spend their money to create a product. They hone in deep and find those open wounds of "wants" and exploits them. To many, it seems ridiculous (I'm one of them) but to thousands of others, its their passion.
It certainly isn't art, but those buying certainly think it is.

Martin Juneau said...

I seen a ad paper from the Emmy baby and forgive me if you think i have no tastes but i find this authentic as a real born baby. But that's just my opinion.

Tabloids overall is a real waste of time. Money spending to this kind of merchandising is often lost to bad quality products. Think to the Magic Ball. Everyone was thrilled to buy it by the TV,s ad but a TV show i forgive the name told this it was pure junk. And it's true!

ther1 said...

The baby thing is part of a movement called reborning, where lonely old virgin spinsters buy "realistic" baby dolls and pretend that they are real children, feeding and buying outfits for them. At least these dolls don't stink up their flats as bad as a roomful of cats...

manuel said...

Jeff Koons spent his whole life thinking about those questions:

http://www.jeffkoons.com/

Erik said...

Bleargh! what a bunch kitsch!

And that monkey hahaha what a little freak, sure like to press my boots upon his face! Maybe that's why people buy it?

i would get nightmares from that little monster...

http://praats.web-log.nl/mijn_weblog/images/huilende_zigeunerjongen_1.jpg

This is also a marvelous piece of work by the way.

Or how about a Bob Ross?

http://s3.amazonaws.com/files.posterous.com/vida/1yKBgv7ocAeGOEIICrACrDBMEegirOOgQxvx4OMvR97U2HcWu7UpUvgkpO2w/bob-ross.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=1C9REJR1EMRZ83Q7QRG2&Expires=1281176399&Signature=2b4ZCESxpX%2BCdJ%2BnFoKM4E%2FLtRc%3D

wow that a big link...

kitsch can be funny but it's sure is ugly as f@%^!*#

Melissa said...

Sadly, my aunt and uncle have a Thomas Kincaid painting in their dining room that they change with the season!! In winter they put up the winter snowy scened one, in summer, green trees and all.