EDIT: I now have a copy of the article. Thanks people! Wow, that is the most practical thing to ever happen in my whole blog career!
Can anyone out there in blogland help with access to this article:
Graeme Turner (1999) “Tabloidization, Journalism and the Possibility of Critique” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 2: 59â€“76
My uni (UWS) doesn’t have access, neither does USyd. If someone has access and could get me a copy I would appreciate it.
After a long time trying to figure out which ‘media studies’ tradition my magazine stuff should come under it is this ‘tabloidization’ stream. However, there are big differences between what is normally talked about as being ‘tabloidized’ (news and current affairs) and my focus (enthusiast media). The shift from being a structural component of social relations (‘fourth estate’; ideological relations) to producing striated spectacularized representations (‘machinic media’; affective relations) is the same for the modified-car culture enthusiast media over the 1980s except in much more condensed form, ie the ‘spectacle’ is not distributed ala Debord.
My example is of the trajectory of the Australian Street Machine Federation and clubs in general in relation to the enthusiast media set alongside the rise of the spectacular ‘pro-street’ style of modification and the transformations in the big-time show circuit. In retrospect the clash of these two trajectories saw four major shifts in Australian modified-car culture:
1) the eventual closure of two magazines (Supercar and Street & Custom) and the rise to dominance of one (Street Machine).
2) the loss of authority/potential for the major national Street Machining club/federation, the Australian Street Machine Federation, in relation to the magazines (the three mentioned above), and in relation to the strengthening of the other major club, the Australian Street Rod Federation. (After the split in 1973 between what became ANDRA and the ASRF, the ASRF was built on a very strong club structure and now has a very good relationship with State motoring and registration authorities and automotive engineers.)
3) the gradual decline of the adhoc national body representing the Street Machining State-based club structure, the ASMF, and correlative decline in popularity, coverage, and status of the the national car show, the Street Machine Nationals, with the rise of the Street Machine magazine-sponsored Summernats.
4) the spectacularization of Street Machining with the rise in popularity, throughout the 1980s, of the “pro-street movement”. The pro-street movement was based more around show-based image and impact than ‘streetable’ technical or engineering factors.