Magazines: Reflectors or Initiators?

As you reflect on what you’ve seen in the magazine documentary, you will find out that throughout their history magazines played a dual role in society:  They reflected a lot of what goes on and they also initiated a lot of issues.

Give me two examples from the magazine world one in which you believe that the magazine was a reflector of society, and two the magazine was an initiator.  Please be specific, name names and voice your opinion at the end to whether your believe this role of magazines is still possible in this digital age.

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About Samir Husni

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine™, is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism at the School of Journalism and New Media. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 28th year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt, Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, and co-author of Design Your Own Magazine. He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader's Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute. He is "the country's leading magazine expert," according to Forbes ASAP magazine, "the nation's leading authority on new magazines," according to min:media industry newsletter; and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "the planet's leading expert on new magazines." Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers nationwide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions. Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others. He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and Georgia Magazine Association Awards. Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
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39 Responses to Magazines: Reflectors or Initiators?

  1. Martin Powell says:

    The biggest example of a reactionary measure in the film came from Star Magazine. As the editor explained, with this current fast paced media culture we live in, people want quick and fun pieces on celebrities. As the movie explained, these types of tabloid and gossip magazines do so well because a) they connect with the average reader on a basic level and b) advertisers like the lack of sad and controversial stories that can polarize audiences. The rise in the popularity of these magazines is surely a sign of the times within the magazine business landscape. One of the best examples of magazine innovation came in the form of the Ladies’ Home Journal, as the film showed how Louisa Knapp Curtis’ idea helped start the concept of visual marketing towards women. As an IMC major, understanding female marketing and its origins was interesting.

  2. Graham Wyman says:

    A lot of the magazines were reactionary in a way they simply were showing what was going on. Most notably for me are the magazines that write about famous people like actors and actresses. These magazines just took pictures of celebrities and commented with their opinion. Either what they were wearing, who they were with, even what they are eating or drinking. An innovation type of magazine or trend setting, is trying to start something or make a topic more relevant. The main one for me was the way a woman started a magazine and it was taken over by a man. This magazine was all about women and was called Ladies’ Home Journal. when watching the movie it was strange to me that a man who did not show much interest in women was now the leader of such a type of magazine.

  3. Robert Phillips says:

    Life magazine reflected society in a huge way. It showed what a major portion of society that was overseas fighting in the war. This was not a reflection of the elite upper class as much as it was focused on the realities of what American soldiers were going through, and I believe our soldiers are a very important part of our society. Vogue magazine is an initiator because it helps guide what women are interested in. Women read this magazine and were told which clothing items were going to make them look beautiful and be considered classy. I believe that magazines can and will continue to reflect and initiate in today’s society, because people will always see them checking out at the grocery store and other places. And even if they only see the cover, it will still subliminally have some sort of effect on them.

  4. Colton Herrington says:

    I feel that most magazines fall into the reflection category. By dealing with every day topics from fashion to celebrities, these publications serve to show the goings and doings of current culture. The best example of a reflecting magazine would have to be “Life”. Before Henry Luce and during his control of the magazine, it used a myriad pictures to literally reflect on current culture.
    However, many magazines also fall into the initiator category. “Vice” magazine, founded by Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith and Gavin McInnes, definitely falls into the initiator category simply because it pioneered an entire new school of journalism: “immersionist”. It was also the first magazine to really showcase urban subcultures existing in major cities across the world.
    I believe that magazines can continue to impact in a limited capacity if they really find their niche and adapt; the ones that can find their own, unique place among print media have the best chance of survival.

  5. Jennifer Thurman says:

    Times magazine gives a prime example of how magazines are a reflector of society. An excellent example is Times “man of the year” edition they print once a year. They pick one person they believe truely deserves it for whatever reason. Times also shows how magazines initiated a lot of issues. When the man of the year ended up being a female soilder this arose conflict. Some people didn’t support the war, other believed a soilder should not get it, and other thought it was heroic. I think it would be very easy for digital media to reflect society and initiate issues. You can post just about anything on the internet and everyone can access and see it.

  6. McKenzie Griffin says:

    I believe that Life magazine was an initiator of culture and Vogue was a reflector of society. Life magazine’s photojournalism reporting had a major impact on our post-modernism society by creating an addiction to images. However, this allowed television to become the source for society’s images addiction over print. Tina Brown’s redirection of Vogue into a more celebrity-focused magazine is a reflector of society. It reflects our obsession with shallow things such as stardom instead of intellectually stimulating content. Magazine editors have become uncreative and one-track minded. Society now feeds their obsession with still images of everyday life from apps like Instagram. A magazine such a Life could still play an influential role on society by channeling Instagram’s concept into photo-essays. That would be a magazine I would buy.

  7. Katie Adams says:

    I believe that Ladies Home Journal was an initiator of society. Ladies Home Journal was one of the first magazines exclusively for women and it was hugely successful and made a lot of money. I believe that this magazine influenced society because women saw the pictures of the slim white women cooking and cleaning, and they thought that that’s how they were supposed to act. Therefore this magazine greatly influenced the role of women in the United States because women were expected to cook and clean. An example of a magazine that reflected society is Time magazine. Time magazine chooses a person of the year each year, and this shows a person who has done great things in that year. For example, sometime in the past couple of years, Time chose the American soldier as the Person of the Year so show their gratitude to the men and women who fight for our country overseas. I believe that Ladies Home Journal was an initator of

  8. Katie Krouse says:

    I believe that magazines are a combination of reflectors and initiators. Fro example, celebrity magazines such as Star is a reflecting magazine. For example, they simply comment on what one is wearing, what one owns, and what scandalous act one has been caught doing. It is a surface level magazine that simply reflects on what has happened and creates buzz. On the other hand, magazines such as Vice, are initiators. They were the first to create a magazine that shed light on urban or “hipster” lifestyles in big cities and created a new form of journalism within magazines. In my opinion, as long as magazines that get people thinking on a deeper level exist, they have no reason to fear extinction.

    • Katie Krouse says:

      Corrected:

      I believe that magazines are a combination of reflectors and initiators. For example, celebrity magazines such as Star, are reflecting magazines. They simply comment on what one is wearing, what one owns, and what scandalous act one has been caught doing. It is a surface level magazine that simply reflects on what has happened and creates buzz among people. On the other hand, magazines such as Vice, are initiators. They were the first to create a magazine that shed light on urban or “hipster” lifestyles in big cities and created a new form of journalism within magazines. In my opinion, as long as magazines that get people thinking on a deeper level exist, they have no reason to fear extinction.

  9. jbbarnet says:

    Time’s Person of the Year is a reflector and initiator. After 9/11 Jim Kelly ultimately picked Guiliani as the Person of the Year instead of Bin Laden as expected. This reflects society changing from a time where picking Hitler was acceptable. Later when Time picked the American Soldier as the person of the year, they were the initiator. This initiated issues because the war was controversial. I do believe this is still possible in the digital age because Time still picks the Person of the Year and I still pay attention to it because it is a name I trust.

  10. Taylor Walters says:

    This documentary showed the dual roles of magazines in society historically. A magazine such as Time was reflective with the issue on the three soldiers. Many were shocked to see the horrors soldiers went through while others thought they were a poor choice for the person of the year issue. On the contrary, Bazaar thrives on the latest fashion trends and initiates discomfort in girls who want to be the models depicted. This feeling initiates desire for the products advertised. This role is still possible digitally, but we see it on a smaller scale than that of the print world.

  11. Laura Reed says:

    Obviously after watching this documentary about magazines I believe that LIFE magazine was a huge reflector of society and major issues of the time. It displayed important events to mass media audiences and was intellectually stimulating. On the other hand, magazines such as Star and InTouch weekly are draining to our minds and initiate issues that shouldn’t exist. Having celebrities worshiped like gods is no way for a society to run. I think those magazines are trashy and try to stay away from them. I have hope for magazines. I like the experience of reading them and think they will survive even in this digital age because of their impact in the past.

  12. Will Jenkins says:

    I believe that magazines has played a huge role in history. I found it very interesting in the movie when they talked about the first magazine and how it was the first time that some people have seen other cultures and have realized that there is more “out there.” This I believe was a perfect janitor for society because started feeling the since of exploration. National Geographix added this element greatly as they showed pictures of places all around the world inspiring people to want to explore the world.

    As a reflector of society today nothing explains it more than the magazines such as “People”, “US”, and “Star” because all people care about today is what the newest celebrities and famous people are into. Magazines allow people today to read about what each of there favorite celebrities each for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Society today love to know what’s hot and what’s not.

  13. Lindsay Langston says:

    I believe that the magazine, “Time” is not only an accurate reflector of society but also an initiator in that it sparks controversy and creates issues for people to talk about. “Time” is not only a reliable source with a positive reputation, but it’s also a magazine that people learn from and and look to for news and current events. “Time” is a reflector of our society in that it deals with large issues going on in our world today and addresses topics that are important to civilizations all over the world. The “Person of the Year” issue is anticipated and the magazine’s choice is overall a reflector of society of that year. Obama was chosen this year, showing the importance of the election and his strong following. When “Time” chose “The American Soldier” as the person of the year after 9/11, controversy sparked as the war was not supported by all. This is an example of how a magazine could be an initiator. Magazines overall have authority to change public opinion and teach society, for they are both reflectors and initiators.

  14. Herbie May says:

    In my opinion magazines are reflectors in our society. Unfortunately, Crap sells. I think one of the biggest reflections of what most people care about in our society was when People Magazine had Snooki on the cover when she learned she was pregnant. I could not have been more disgusted at what I saw on newsstands. Her orange face was everywhere and all I could think about was how badly this reflected on us as a society and a country. As far as an initiator, I bought a Time Magazine the other day with Roger Goodell on the cover and while it didn’t stir much attention to most, it started many debates between my father and I on whether he is truly the answer to a better NFL. So as far as an initiator I believe magazines can initiate personal feelings in people. It just depends on the type of reader you are and what content interests you. I don’t believe the digital age affects magazines as reflectors or initiators. The content brings out reflections and initiatives to debate

  15. Kelly Litzelfelner says:

    When watching the magazine documentary, I noticed that a lot of the magazines were both initiators and reflectors of society. However, I would consider Life magazine to have been a big reflector of society. It was the number one illustrated magazine and captured both the worst and the best pictures of America. FQ magazine is an initiator of society because it tells readers how to shop and dress and live. The role of magazines is questioned now because of the digital era, but I still think they give an influencing role because they’re still prestigious around the world.

  16. Daisy Strudwick says:

    Magazines such as “Star” and “Vanity Fair” are each reflectors of society. “Star” creates a connection between the masses and celebrities and makes people think that they truly know them, which reflects a common desire to be a star. “Vanity Fair” reflects a lifestyle that is unattainable but is desired by most and therefore provides an outlet for people’s fantasies. However, magazines such as “Time” and “National Geographic” show what is actually happening in the world. I think that today tabloids and other weeklies will become digital but monthly magazines such as “Vanity Fair” will still play a major factor.

  17. Meaghan Snell says:

    TIME is a great magazine that I believe reflects society in the past and today. For example, once they chose the person of the year as the American Soldier and the piece explained why they chose them. The magazine over all tells stories of what is going on around the world and keeps people up to date with detail in the chosen current events they write about. An initiating magazine would be Star. Starting as a tabloid based on gossip it has now become such a huge hit that it will become a magazine. The whole thing is revolved around famous gossip and tells people to be snobby, liars, cheaters or whatever it takes to get the fame and be on the cover.

  18. I feel that Ladies Home Journal had a lot to do with showing the ladies of that time a new way of life. Because at the time Ladies Home Journal was allowing women of isolated communities to gain a since of membership with other women around the world thought the magazine. And Vouge Magazine was one inw which was an innovator. This is because of the different styles that women started to but together from the fashion world, and still today this magazine does jthe same thing. I believe that both these magazine have some how shaped the reading world in their own way.

  19. Sarah Ashton Baker says:

    I regretfully missed the documentary, however, I completely agree that magazines have a huge impact on our society. I definitely think magazines like National Geographic are initiators. They cover stories that truly “inspire people to care about the planet.” Inspiring is taking initiative. Magazines like Star are reflections of what the majority of magazine customers want. People want an escape and to feed their infatuation with the celebrity world. Magazines like Star recognize this and profit from it. I believe magazines will hold their own in this digital age. Just today I saw a commercial on TV advertising People magazine, the print version.

  20. Jordan Mckeever says:

    Many magazines today play the role as either a reflector of society, or as an initiator. One magazine stood out to me because it played both of these roles. “Time” magazine reflects our society because it covers important issues that are sincerely relevant in our lives today. Unlike celebrity gossip magazines, “Time” is a trusted source that shows what is affecting today’s citizens. This magazine is also an initiator, because with important issues comes controversy. As shown in the documentary, when the “Time” staff chose the woman “American Soldier” as “The Person of the Year,” many people did not agree. Reactions were positive and negative due to people’s different views towards the war. Even though the digital world is continuing to progress, I believe important magazines such as “Time” will stay in business in the print industry.

  21. Christina Figg says:

    Magazines serve many functions to the average reader, they entertain people with gossip, they inform people with politics and information on economics, and they start controversy by using racy pictures and articles. An example of a magazine that is a reflector of society is Time magazines “Person of the Year.” The person selected is always an indicator of the biggest thing to happen in the past year and what has really shaped society. An example of an initiator magazine is National Geographic because it informs people about places and people they are not familiar with, and help them understand different cultures and environments. I do not believe that this role of magazines can be possible in a digital age because the best part of magazines are the fact that pictures can also tell a story along with an article. Without a wonderful glossy cover, a magazine in less intriguing.

  22. Chloie Johnson says:

    Life is a great example of a magazine that reflects society. Life filled its pages with pictures, which were new at the time, of candid shots of the war, over seas, and the famous last kiss picture of the sailor. Magazines have a powerful position that allow them to reach a lot of people with pictures, stories, and information that they find entertaining and important. On the other hand, magazines like People, Cosmopolitan, and Vogue are huge initiators of trends and influence the way readers think and respond to others. The best and most commonly seen influence they have is over women’s body image. The ideal size is a zero or two because all of these magazines are covered and filled with models and celebrities that are in top condition. I believe that magazines are and will continue to be an important part of media, even as the digital world progresses. Magazines are even becoming digital now like online newspapers and changes like this are going to help them survive in this digital age.

  23. Ellen Whitaker says:

    Vogue Magazine focuses its attention on high fashion and the women who wear it. These women are tall, thin, and beautiful. Vogue reflects images where women, to be considered beautiful, must be emaciated. The April 2012 issue of Vogue ran an article about a socialite mother who put her 7-year-old daughter on an extreme weight loss diet. The article insinuated many issues. Nymag.com and Abcnews.com, along with other publications, blasted Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue, for running the controversial article. Throughout history, magazines have reflected what goes on and have also initiated many issues. Considering this circumstance, I believe that magazines still play both roles in society.

  24. Cidney Simmons says:

    One magazine of which I believe reflects societies in their natural manor along with internal topics within their culture is National Geographic. In that magazine and on their website they include the phrase, “Inspiring people to care about the planet since 1888.” Fashion magazines such as Vogue, Seventeen Magazine, and Elle, are strong initiators, influencing women to buy their products. Many women look to those as guides for their wardrobe. There is uncertainty about magazines staying in print solely; however, many magazines have created websites with online subscriptions. Magazines will always be influential even in the digital age, because they are respected sources, and I believe their customers will follow. My friends and I look at numerous magazines online to stay up to date in our culture.

  25. Bridge Leigh says:

    In the past, magazines served as the major source of news, and they still exist as important sources of information, although the presentations vary much more greatly than they did ninety years ago. Some magazines, such as TIME and LIFE, have always served as mirrors to what is happening in society. TIME works as an example of a reflective work with its annual Person of the Year feature, and LIFE originally began as an attempt to appeal to a broader audience as it focused on detailing stories of real people. Nevertheless, LIFE can also be classified as an initiatory magazine because of the way it portrayed its characters–by using pictures–and thereby creating the photographic essay, opening the door for journalistic divisions such as photojournalism to enter the mainstream. Similarly, Bazaar has a way of influencing the minds of women when they see a model; the magazine has contributed to a feminine image standard society has adopted. There is no doubt in my mind that magazines, digital or analog, still hold the power to affect society in great ways; it is just that we, as journalists, will have to try harder to have the same impact these publications had a century ago.

  26. Sydney Leaphart says:

    I believe today there are more magazines that initiate behavior in society then magazines that properly reflect the behavior of society. One magazine I believe to be a proper reflection of society is Life magazine. Life magazine captures and reports on current events such as; war, acts or terrorism, hurricanes, and other newsworthy events. Unfortunately some magazines that initiate behavior in society are Vogue, Seventeen, and Instyle magazine. Vogue is a fashion magazine which is constantly throwing unrealistic beauty images at women to try and obtain. Seventeen magazine is a magazine aimed at young women (high school students) and with the current state of society, counsels young women on sex and intimate acts with men; which would have never occurred before. With such magazines we are pushing society to become a certain way and act in certain behaviors through the images and words constantly being thrown at society.

  27. Parker Bergsagel says:

    I think that most magazines would fall into the category of reflection. So many magazines now focus on trends with fashion, music, different trends, and the lives of celebrities. Things published in these magazines are letting readers now what the next cool thing is. One of the best examples of a reflection magazine was “Life”. Prior to the magazine going out of business, each edition printed was literally full of pictures that showed what was currently going on in peoples’ lives. A specific magazine edition that was an initiator was “Times” magazines “Person of the Year” edition the year that “The American Soldier” was chosen. This sparked anger among many, as some of the American people did not support the war. Magazines, as initiators and reflectors, have the power to sway public opinion, and also teach the public.

  28. Matt Mayfield says:

    A magazine I believe is a great reflector of us is National Geographic. Some of its iconic images can turn into symbols of that time and place. One of these was the Afghan Girl photo taken by Steve McCurry in June 1985. Her hardened eyes looking straight to the cameras soul portrayed the harsh realities refugees face to the oblivious world. Other magazines can be trendsetting in society. The famed cover photo of Playboys first issue with Marilyn Monroe transformed her into a sex symbol of that era. I still think that magazines will have this type of impact in the digital world because the readers are still seeing and discussing the same material and images. It’s just on a screen now.

  29. Benjamin Bryan says:

    Reflecting on the magazine documentary, it is easy to see the dual role magazines have played on the society throughout their history. Magazines have both reflected issues of society, as well as, initiated issues throughout society. An example used in the film where a magazine reflected the issues that were going on was “Time” magazine. “Time” focuses much of it articles on currents events that reflect our society. I think a perfect example of this is “The Person of the Year”. I think a good example of a magazine being an initiator is “Ladies’ Home Journal”. This magazine initiated a new style of how women viewed their lifestyles. I think magazines will continue to play dual roles even as we continue to get more advanced in digital media.

  30. Ali Corbin says:

    We live in an age where media and society dictate one another. For instance, when Time magazine pronounced that the “American Soldier” was the “person of the year” in 2003, that was a reflection of what society was during that time. This cover showcased what was happening during that time and what was the most important to the public, which was the War on Terror and the United States involvement in it. In contrast the media can also be the initiator, telling the people what they should be talking about. For instance every month InStyle magazine shares with the public what new brands, clothes and accessories should be worn and talked about, and not just talking about the trends but making them in the first place. I think the role of magazines is still very important, even in a digital age, because it gives people a new look at culture and the future.

  31. Tessa Romack says:

    I believe that a true reflector magazine is “Life”. “Life” was a magazine that was full of photographs that captured what was going on during that time. It covered major stories and events that were able to reach a lot of people. The pictures had a strong presence that were influential and truly reflected what was going on around the world. For example, the iconic picture of the sailor kissing the girl. A couple examples of magazines that are initiators are Vogue and Seventeen. These magazines influence girls and women on style, love, and relationships. They are constantly throwing our products that will “help girls be prettier” or “sexier” which initiate more sales for their products. I still believe that in this day and age magazines can have this influence and role in society because people are constantly seeking the latest trends and to be informed on what is going on in our society.

  32. Laura Lindsay Viergever says:

    National Geographic and Time Magazine are reflective of society in the United States. It is not only applicable to the United States, but aims at the rest of the world. National Geographic travels all around the world to bring perspectives from all cultures to amplify the fact that the human race is not all that different. Time Magazine aims to do something very similar by the Person of the Year. Tabloid Magazines have initiated issues in today’s society making people think that they are supposed to be the same as celebrities and models. Tabloid Magazines are becoming more and more influential in today’s society and it is reflected in things like fashion trends and trendy diets

  33. I think a good representation of a reflective magazine is People. The magazine highlights celebrities and their stardom as well as the rumors and gossip around the states. They reflect the stars in their own light leaving readers to decide wether they like this star or not, and this is typically how deep a reader has to think while browsing through the magazine.
    Vice magazine is an accurate initiator magazine in many different ways. Vice is sort of a no holds barred magazine allowing their writers to speak freely about controversial topics that range from political issues to sexual issues. Granted, not everyone agrees with this style of magazine but it clearly raises issues and pushes the boundary like no other magazine at this time.
    I think clearly these roles can still exist in this digital age, reflector magazines I feel have the easiest transition because they are more picture oriented with short and sweet comments. Initiator magazines will have a more difficult transition due to some lengthier reads but magazines like Vice are nearly all digital and have a significant following that continues to grow.

  34. Summer Wigley says:

    Magazines play a significant role in society throughout its history. Life magazine was revolutionary in the way that life was captured that has never been seen before. It reflected society in that it exposed the unseen to its readers. If I wanted to know what was going on in a famous bar in New York City, there it was in Life magazine. The Ladies Home Journal was an initiator. It was the first magazine exclusively for women in 1883 and was the first to reach 1,000,000 subscribers. It exposed an unseen version of women and raised the expectations of women in society. If the woman in the magazine was sporting new high heels while cleaning the house, let it be known that women would purchase those heels and wear them while cleaning the house. I believe that magazines still have the potential to influence the world. To this day, and I openly admit, that some of the Cosmopolitan magazine’s articles about women’s health have influenced me. It is just a matter of time before something new and ground-breaking will happen in the magazine world.

  35. Catherine Montague says:

    If I were to choose a magazine that was a reflector of our society I would most definitely choose Time Magazine. There are many reasons in which I would make this choice, but one that stands out the most to me would be the “Man of the Year” issue. In my opinion, this issue heavily influenced the world. On the other hand, I believe that Vogue magazine is an initiator of our society. For decades, Vogue has produced thousands of copies of magazines providing their reader with fashion advice that has interested many women in our society. Another magazine that I believe was an initiator of our society was the Ladies Home Journal. The magazine was the first published magazine directed towards strictly woman. It gave woman tips for cooking and cleaning, which made the magazine highly influential.

  36. Elliott Guffin says:

    The magazines that I think reflected society the most during its time in the 20’s and 30’s. Vanity Fair covered all aspects of the 20’s. If you lived in the 20s you read Vanity Fair It was society. The Magazine that I see was an initiator was National Geographic. It showed people a world they didn’t know existed and made people want to go and see the world. The pictures that National Geographic would put in there issues really blew society away with there beauty of the world.

  37. Ladies’ Home Journal, one of the magazines brought up in the film, is a reflector of society because it gives many great housekeeping tips for women in their prominent roles as homemakers, while still working outside the home. These two gender roles, either together or separate, exist for women in most patriarchal American households. It is ironic that the editor-in-chief of a magazine targeted towards marketing women’s interests, is a man. This magazine demonstrates that in society, men in the vast advertising field are interested in better marketing towards women’s interests. Ladies’ Home Journal also indicates a lot of issues in society, for instance the struggle to create better advertising for women’s interest products.

  38. Shea Gabrielleschi says:

    In many cases, magazines have reflected society and accurately enhanced its personality. For instance, National Geographic continues to publish photography from parts of the world that few experience. In other cases, magazines initiate trends, conflict values, and create movements. For example, magazines like Cosmopolitan and People evoke the necessity for a perfect lifestyle. Not only that, but the magazines actually create the lifestyle. I believe that the role of magazines for the future will definitely change. Instead of having such an impact as in previous decades, magazines will continue to decline in influential power in the coming years.

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