Blurred lines: Are magazines selling us the same message? Exploring the links between discourse, knowledge and power in Cosmopolitan, Skin Deep and Kerrang!
It is interesting how the media shapes the way we see ourselves and the world around us. What influences are in place to determine this vision, and why are they there? I have always enjoyed reading magazines but I could not help notice the similarities in the way that women are presented across a spectrum of different publications. It could appear that there is a lack in variety of representation – but is this really true?
The aim of this research is to shed some light on this question by deconstructing the discourses that surround three seemingly different magazines; Cosmopolitan, Skin Deep and Kerrang! Are they really that diverse in the way that they stage women on their front covers? Surely the way that they are portrayed on a women’s lifestyle magazine is different to what would be expected from a tattoo publication? What messages does this then send to their readers?