Recently, Cracked.com put together an image that sharply criticizes the messages sent by magazine covers of some of the typical issues we see on shelves or convenience stores. While the messages may be crude, it’s painfully accurate.
As someone who doesn’t really read conventional magazines, I just don’t get the appeal. All of these messages seem meant to sell magazines, not contribute anything to public knowledge or to a reader’s self-esteem. It sells itself by demanding that readers pay attention to their own anxieties. Sex sells these issues, but so does insecurity. This is a great critique and while it leaves me a little depressed that this is what mainstream customers are supposed to want, it makes me even more eager to speak about the importance of media analysis.