From Tony Blair and his cabinet, to celebrity chefs and footballers, the
British tabloids provide sensational coverage of the private and public
lives of political figures and celebrities alike, and help shape the
nation's perceptions of people and events. These often derided newspapers
are important and influential factors in the mediation of everyday life in
This book takes four popular tabloid newspapers and shows that they use a
variety of linguistic strategies to depict an image of contemporary
Britain; by examining how a community of readers is woven into the language
of the newspapers in an impersonation of the readers it seeks to attract.
Including examples taken from a month long study - a month in the country -
Martin Conboy considers how this imaginary community of the British nation
is drawn through themes such as outsiders, insiders, women, celebrity,
history and politics. The work also demonstrates how the tabloids
constitute a highly successful modern variation of journalism which has
spread its influence beyond the boundaries of print and triggered much
debate about the related phenomenon of 'tabloidization.'
This critical study of the newspapers' version of popular rhetoric will be
of interest to students and researchers of English, Media and
Communication, as well as the general reader.