Lumby, Catherine (1999)
Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1999.280 pp. ISBN 1 86508 073 X.
Reviewed by Clem Gorman
It may often seem as though the tabloid media - or papp (after papparazzi) media - is all about nothing. Princess Diana's alleged bulemia. The shape of President Clinton's penis. Is there a curse on the Kennedys? Woman's Day after day, E News after E News, Hard Copy after Hard Copy, the stream of nothing pours out - trivial, seductive, and ultimately unsatisfying: necessitating further ingestion. And here with that story is Catharine Lumby in Sydney, making a case that the papp media isn't as bad as it's made out to be by all those serious, elitist journalists who wish they were so popular.
Recommended CitationGorman, C., Book review: Gotcha!, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 6, 1999, 144-146.