Just Like Us
Who Needs the Paparazzi When Celebrities Can Publish Photos Themselves?
The era of tabloid dominance ended when the social media age began. But even now, the famous can be trapped by their fame. Just ask Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Spencer Pratt Walked So That Kim Kardashian Could Run
The most famous family in reality culture came to prominence at a time when Heidi Montag and her boyfriend Pratt were already proudly leveraging their paparazzi-fueled notoriety for personal gain. But no one was ready for the supernova from Calabasas.
Tabloid Magazines Ignored Most Black Celebrities, Creating an Opportunity for Gossip Bloggers
Upstarts like Media Take Out and Bossip established themselves in the 2000s to fill a conspicuous hole in the market
Paris Hilton: From Tabloid Obsession to Titan of the Attention Economy
The hotel heiress’s stormy relationship with Lindsay Lohan was paparazzi catnip. She projected an image as the ultimate ditz, but she understood her worth better than anyone gave her credit for.
TMZ Updated a Classic Tabloid Tactic for the Internet Age
The celebrity news website that mainstream outlets hate to cite (but do) has paid for photos and videos for years, same as the print tabloids before it. But when you ask whether it pays for tips, the answer becomes more opaque.
Coverage of the Brad-Jen-Angelina Love Triangle Was a Morality Play About Infidelity and Motherhood
And the way the tabloids framed each character, especially Aniston and Jolie, was not very good for women
The Paparazzi Are the Chaotic Lifeblood of the Tabloid Industry
And in Episode 2 of ‘Just Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed America,’ Clare Malone examines the extreme practices and wobbly ethics that garnered huge payouts for shots of Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston, and other 2000s luminaries
For Better and for Worse, the Original Bennifer Birthed the 2000s Tabloids Boom
On the debut episode of ‘Just Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed America,’ Clare Malone tells the story of the original Bennifer, and explains how coverage of the Hollywood power couple got complicated fast
Introducing ‘Just Like Us: The Tabloids That Changed America’
Clare Malone goes behind the scenes of the 2000s celebrity obsession in The Ringer’s new narrative podcast