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    Going for Competitions: Active readers and magazine culture, 1900–1910

    Rains, Stephanie (2015) Going for Competitions: Active readers and magazine culture, 1900–1910. Media History, 21 (2). pp. 138-149. ISSN 1368-8804

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    This article assesses the extensive ‘reader competitions’ run in popular magazines and story papers of the early twentieth century. Using examples from Irish story papers, it examines the appeal of these competitions to both the publishers and the readers. For readers, competitions offered an opportunity to display skills which combined the results of universal education with the more playful knowledge that was part of popular parlour games and other leisure activities of the time. They also offered readers an opportunity to ‘write back’ to the mass media, with indications of an extremely high level of interactivity between readers and editors, including reader suggestions for competition ideas, and disputes regarding the rules and judging of contests. The article goes on to argue that these competitions were themselves significant examples of mass media structures of the time, relying as they did on the specific forms of print culture and upon mechanisms of industrial time and communication processes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: popular culture; readers; Irish identity; early twentieth century press history; journalism studies; popular weeklies;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > School of English, Media & Theatre Studies > Media Studies
    Item ID: 11879
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    Depositing User: Stephanie Rains
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2019 16:09
    Journal or Publication Title: Media History
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes

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