40 Pages Of Harper's Bazaar May Spell The Death Of All Journalism

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Yesterday the New York Times alerted us to a deeply disturbing new publishing industry development contained in the latest Harper's Bazaar: its content is being dictated by its advertiser. "Wow, they really sold out — Hearst — didn't they?" said an "industry analyst." If only, lamented hardened cynic Jeff Berkovici, who called the Estee Lauder masterminded photo shoot "sadly in character for Hearst, which seems to be rapidly abandoning its commitment to the traditional separation between advertising and editorial." Oh, brother. Maybe Harper's editor Glenda Bailey was just trying to be more like the New Yorker when it collaborated with Target that one time! Or maybe she was just doing what she did with those Simpsons photo shoots and, you know, just not taking the fashion magazine business too seriously? Or maybe it's just summer, her job is soul-suckingly dull anyway and it was easier that way? Contributor Cheryl Campbell scanned some offending pages of the magazine after the jump so you could decide for yourselves!

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(Although unrelated to the Estee Lauder promotion, Bazaar has been shilling expensive shit next to the mastheads for its editorial and publishing staff for many months now.)


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Advertising 1, Journalism 0 [Portfolio]
A Cover, 40 Pages, 4 Faces And One Perfume [NY Times]

DISCUSSION

ugh. I'm caught up in a wave of disgust after reading about the Southern Baptist Scholar who says that spousal abuse is cause by women's refusal to submit to their husband's God given authority. I do not understand why it is so hard to find magazines that address appeal to women from an intellectual perspective as well as to their status as consumers. These categories are not mutually exclusive. Women are either relegated to reading the drivel produced by magazines which are supposed to be designed specifically for them and contain articles and images that largely promote unrealistic, damaging opinions on who and what they should be OR be subjected to headlines about Hilary's cleavage and Obama's "baby mama" in the mainstream media. What is it about society today that women cannot be seen as interested in fashion/pop culture and political, economic, or social issues facing the world?

Having said that, I have found that Jezebel provides a forum for all of the above. I just wish that someone would wake up and acknowledge that women are intelligent beings who might like to be challenged and engaged by their reading.