Discussion 3

The late 19th century brought with it an increase in mass circulation for the U.S. magazine industry, allowing news, stories, consumer goods, and fashions to disperse and advertised to widespread audiences, rather than regional. Because of this growth in readership, advertisements became increasingly vital to the magazine industry, with advertisers wanting to reach a large audience, magazines willingly afforded them that opportunity. They would sell advertising space at higher rates, the publishers of Scribner's Monthly will insert in each number of the magazine certain pages devoted to advertisements that would likely interest magazine readers. Whilst these will not increase the postage, they will add, to a considerable degree, the ability of the publishers to render their magazines readable and appealing. It is now well understood that a first-class popular magazine reveals to all men who seek a national market of the very best medium for advertising. By the 1930s, market research had become the norm for publications as magazines. Time became the first newsmagazine that focused on world news. Though the publication struggled during its early years, Time would eventually hit it big in 1928 and its readership grew. The magazine's signature style of well-researched news presented in a concise manner contributed greatly to its eventual success. Life is a picture magazine that circulated1 million. Widely credited with establishing photojournalism, Life captured the attention of many on first read. With 96 large-format glossy pages, even the inaugural issue sold out. The opening photograph depicted an obstetrician holding a newborn baby with the caption "Life begins." Explore I've decided to research on DC Comics first notable romance series for girls, First Love Illustrated , released in 1949. Although there was a romance comic 2 years before this, it leaned more on the humor side, rather than being fully romance. It's very unique, considering that DC Comics in mostly known for their colorful cast of superheroes, but in the 1940s and 1950s as superhero popularity waned, romance reigned. In addition to being the earliest known publisher of romance comics, Young Romance was also one of the longest running series with 208 issues, ending publication in 1975. It even led to superhero comics to do the same, like Wonder Woman's Sensation Comics . Following the implementation of the Comics Code in 1954, publishers of romance comics self-censored the content of their publications, making the stories bland and innocent with the emphasis on traditional patriarchal concepts of women's behavior, gender roles, domesticity, and marriage Decades later, romance-themed comics made a modest resurgence with Arrow Publications, "My Romance Stories", Dark Horse Comics' manga-style adaptations of Harlequin novels, and long-running serials such as Strangers in Paradise, which was described by one reviewer as an attempt to, "single-handedly update an entire genre with a new, skewed look at relationships and friendships." Since I've never read women's magazine, I've tried finding a person who's has read them, but there's no one around me has actually has read these, or even remember them, as most of my family and friends just didn't care or not even remembered if they were women's magazine. Do I think this formula is still relevant or does it continue to perpetuate gender stereotypes? probably not, but I can't be sure. Were/are these magazines part of my media consumption? Well, no, and the people that I've asked get
their information online, or from other people who've learned it. How could they be more relevant? I don't believe that there's a way for them to be relevant again, considering that, people can easily get their information online, for free, unless they somehow made magazines more accessible. I really wish there was a way for me to talk more about this, but unfortunately, I can't.
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