Monday, April 09, 2007


This is a picture of an early magazine
"Toward the end of the nineteenth century in yet another phase of the revolution of cheap print, magazines underwent a transformation similar to the one that had already taken place in newspapers. Although there had been some cheap magazines in the early 1800's, they had been short lived failures. As of the early 1800's, the major national magazines were relatively expensive at 35 cents a copy and had a limited readership concentrated in the more comfortable and conservative classes, in contrast to the newspapers' lower prices and more popular audience." (Starr)

Politics and markets have an direct effect on magazines and its audiences. Much of this political influence is seen through the direct effect censorship has on material. Newspapers began as a limited commodity for common man, later with greater circulation, came penny papers. They say if you examine history you can predict the future, well this holds true for media engines as well.


At 10:34 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

What is the connection between the market for magazines and newspapers in the 19th century?

Was the magazine audience different from the penny papers?

What does this have to do with censorship?

Did newspapers really begin as a medium for the common man? Or was that a new development in the 1830s?


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