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Sensational Periodicals

SENSATIONAL AND PARODY PERIODICALS

Sensational periodicals come in a variety of styles, but often use a newspaper format.

Their language is elementary and occasionally inflammatory. They assume a certain gullibility in their audience.

The main purpose of sensational magazines seems to be to arouse curiosity and to cater to popular superstitions. They often do so with flashy headlines designed to astonish (e.g., Half-man Half-woman Makes Self Pregnant).

Parody Periodicals also often use newspaper format.

Their language is often written in the style of a newsreport, but the stories cover anything from the outlandish to the very mundane yet unlikely topics.

The main purpose of parody magazines is humor.

Examples of Sensational Periodicals:

National Enquirer, Star, Globe, Weekly World News.

 Examples of Parody Periodicals:

The Onion, The Bleacher Report, MAD Magazine

 

  

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