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What do we learn about British culture from an examination of the front pages of two Sunday newspapers?

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What do we learn about British culture from an examination of the front pages of two Sunday newspapers? This paper discusses the front pages of two British Sunday newspapers, the Sunday Express and The Sunday Times. Both were published on 31 October 2004. If we look closely at both front pages they tell us a lot about the state of British society today. The Sunday Times reminds its readers that the clocks should have gone back overnight with a tiny cartoon in the top left hand corner. This somehow seems out of place with the seriousness of the front page. This paper thinks of itself as the country's leading paper for intelligent people. It uses the symbol found on the UK passport. Some people from foreign countries might think it is a government newspaper because it uses a national symbol in its banner. This impression is helped by the poppy symbol in the top right hand corner, reminding us that we are soon to celebrate Remembrance Day. Directly beneath the banners, both papers try to encourage people to pick up and buy theirs. ...read more.


Obviously, Times readers are just as interested in movies and sport as they are in beautiful women. As there is a savings plan advert it looks as if the readers are richer than most. The Express, makes room for only two photographs. Kilroy-Silk, at the top, is a TV celebrity and politician who has appeared for years on morning television. His picture will help sell the paper to the female market. The eye-catching photograph of Jemima Khan is also there to sell the paper. I am now going to write about the articles themselves. What is striking about the Express is that there is only the beginning of an article on its front page - just 34 words in fact. Almost half of the page is taken up with the headline 'Aspirin harms unborn babies'. This is a sensational headline intended to scare female readers into buying the paper to read the whole article. Pregnant women fear having a deformed baby most. If such shocking headlines did not sell newspapers then the Express would not print them. This tells me that many of us are very easily persuaded, especially by what we read in papers. ...read more.


provide power for Windsor castle, that the country's chief judge is so angry with the Home Secretary that he is going to resign, and that the Prime Minister and his wife are being accused of trying to avoid paying British tax by putting their money overseas. My conclusion is that the Times and the Express are aiming at different groups of people. The Express wants to attract women readers with catchy headlines and simple if sensational text. The Times leads with long articles in small print aimed at those who have the time and interest to sit down, read and reflect on issues. The many newspapers on sale on Sundays are in competition with one another, but each has its own natural readership. There are similarities and differences between them all. But an outsider would form a different view about British culture, our way of life and our national interests, if she were to see the front pages of the Sunday Sport and the News of the World rather than the Express and the Times. For a more complete view of British culture, she needs to peruse all the front pages on a Sunday morning. ...read more.

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