"I watched a wild hog eat my baby!": a colorful history of tabloids and their cultural impact
This lively, entertaining, and often funny history of America's supermarket tabloids is the first book to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the intriguing world of tabloid journalism, and especially the unique personalities that made it such a tremendously successful and influential force in today's media. Perhaps no one is more qualified to give the complete insider's account of the tabs than Bill Sloan, who helped guide the destinies of three major tabloids in their heyday. Sloan profiles the publishing eccentrics who conceived the first national tabloids, the greedy owners and screwball executives who called the shots, the ruthless underworld manipulators who fed off of the tabloids' phenomenal success, and the money-driven journalists who did the dirty work. I Watched A Wild Hog Eat My Baby! reveals the whole sometimes-sordid, oftensilly, but always-amazing story behind the multibillion-dollar industry these characters spawned.
Based on candid interviews with the author, the fascinating personalities who created the tabloids explain in their own words how and why they built these notorious rags into powerful and often feared journalistic empires. The late, legendary Enquirer founder Generoso (Gene) Pope, former Enquirer president Iain Calder, Globe cocreator and longtime editor John Vader, and many others offer hundreds of funny, juicy, irresistible glimpses into their zany business. Sloan traces the development of the tabs from their beginnings in sleazy, gore-filled sensationalism or soft-core smut and sex scandals, through the celebrity crazes of Jackie O. and Princess Di. He also discusses the widespread influence of the tabloids today on television journalism and theInternet, where the distinction between news and entertainment is quickly vanishing.
This enjoyable, eye-opening account is must reading for anyone interested in the people and the trends that shape our popular culture.
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"I watched a wild hog eat my baby!": a colorful history of tabloids and their cultural impactUser Review - Book Verdict
Don't be fooled by the whimsical title. This history of the seamier side of American journalism has been meticulously researched (though, true to tabloid style, Sloan cites few references). For anyone other than a journalism junkie, parts of the narrative may even seem dull. The author, a freelance writer who formerly worked for the National Enquirer, surely knows that for a story to have mass appeal it must report either celebrity misdeeds or bizarre occurrences. Besides Rupert Murdoch, who appears in a minor role, no famous names carry this story. Some of the incidents related, particularly those that preceded the downfall of Allied News Company, have freakish appeal, but the book deals mainly with the editorial and business decisions of relatively obscure men (no women have held key positions in tabloid publishing). Sloan examines the current blurring of the line between mainstream and tabloid journalism; he also discusses the ramifications of this trend and the recent consolidation of tabloid ownership. Recommended for journalism collections and larger public libraries.DSusan M. Colowick, North Olympic Lib. Syst., Port Angeles, WA ...
Review: I Watched a Wild Hog Eat My Baby: A Colorful History of Tabloids and Their Cultural ImpactUser Review - Goodreads
This was an interesting look at the way tabloids work, including the reliability factor for several different titles. Not only did I enjoy the book, I also found myself reading about a friend of my ...
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