How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?

Introduction In 2013, Witeck Communications estimated the buying power of the LGBT community in the USA to be around $830 billion, however the commercial viability of the ‘pink pound’ as a market segment is still being contested.[1] Business and media industries in the UK and the USA have both directly and indirectly targeted the queerContinue reading “How is capitalism useful for understanding queer history?”

Were the tabloid newspapers of the mid-20th century merely commercial enterprises selling entertainment or vital guardians of the public interest?

Introduction As early as the 18th century, the press had served the formula “intelligence, instruction and entertainment,” telling us that news, advice, and lifestyle coverage were considered vital components of a newspaper before the construction of tabloid.[1] After exclusively serving the educated middle classes, the press increasingly began to address the newly literate working classesContinue reading “Were the tabloid newspapers of the mid-20th century merely commercial enterprises selling entertainment or vital guardians of the public interest?”