In therapy with Paris and Posh
Some critics say celebrity magazines are trash, but others believe they serve a useful purpose, writes Judith Ireland.
We are not perves. We are simply reading up on case studies to support discussion of important social issues such as infidelity, alcoholism, overseas adoption, big age gaps in relationships and how long one should wait before getting engaged to a new flame after breaking up with one’s fiance.
Conveniently, such information is readily available to Australians in periodicals such as NW, Who Weekly and New Idea. We certainly take care to educate ourselves by buying as many of these “celeb mags” as possible.
The latest magazine circulation figures show a growth in celebrity magazine sales at a time when some news and current affairs magazines are in decline. While The Bulletin’ssales fell 10 per cent in the last six months of last year (to 62,000 copies a week), NW and Who Weekly zoomed up 14.7 per cent (to 190,237) and 8.6 per cent (153,516) respectively. We bought more than 400,000 copies of New Idea each week and 73,987 copies of a new celebrity mag,OK!