Reading in brown paper : Beckett's budget and the sensationalist press in interwar Sydney

Loy-Wilson, Sophie 2009, Reading in brown paper : Beckett's budget and the sensationalist press in interwar Sydney, Media international Australia, vol. 131, pp. 70-82.

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Title Reading in brown paper : Beckett's budget and the sensationalist press in interwar Sydney
Author(s) Loy-Wilson, Sophie
Journal name Media international Australia
Volume number 131
Start page 70
End page 82
Total pages 13
Publisher University of Queensland : School of English, Media Studies & Art History
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2009-05
ISSN 1329-878X
Keyword(s) Australian history
sensationalist journalism
Summary This article addresses the audience reception of sensationalist newspapers in interwar Australia through a case study of Sydney weekly Beckett's Budget. During a libel trial brought against Beckett's in 1928, readers came to its defence and their testimony reveals overlaps between reading and political allegiances: reading Beckett's equated with voting Labor. While histories of sensationalist media in Australia have rightly emphasised illicit sexuality and public outcry, connections between sensationalism and working-class political movements remain on the margins of academic interest. Responding to the question 'Do you read Beckett's?' readers' evidence at the trial constitutes an audience response and invites debate over the ways gender and class could inform political engagement in the 1920s. Viewing Beckett's Budget outside of 'brown paper' and beyond the sensationalist genre reveals a shift in Australian political culture as party strategists embraced a broader electorate, using Beckett's Budget to tap into the culture and concerns of interwar society.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
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