The article that I am using is from Billboard Magazine on June 20th 2015. The title of the article is ‘Adam Lambert: Don’t look back’. The article is written by Shirley Halperin.
This article is in the structure of an interview. This is evidenced through the constant stream of quotes from the artist. The journalist may have chosen to write up this article as an interview because it allows the audience to feel that they are closely connected to the artist, that the audience is speaking directly to them whilst they are reading the article.
Presence of the Journalist
I am aware of the presence of a journalist. This is due to the background information that is included about the artist; there are multiple quotes from the star himself embedded throughout the article, however; there are multiple moments throughout the article where the journalist will break-up the quotes from the artist using background information. The journalist also writes ‘he says’, ‘he admits’, giving off the impression that she was met the star himself to write up this interview and to gain quotes from him, clearly showing her presence throughout the article with these verbs. The presence of the journalist connotes that the artist is down-to-earth, it enables the readers of the magazine to feel engaged with the star, as if they have met him themselves.
Sense of Location/Event/Person
There are some very emotive words used. One quote from the star is “It’s hard for me to be happy with things.” This makes the audience sympathise with the star, it represents how truly difficult the star’s life can be and how much trauma/how many obstacles he has had to overcome. Another line says “Loneliness is a recurring theme”. This again illustrates the hard times that this star has been through and how it is hard for him to completely trust people.
Lambert states at the top of the second column, “Whats going to happen?”. This quotes demonstrates his uneasy/on-edge nature.
“Lambert is open about being “boy crazy” but ultimately feels lonely.” The words used in this sentence of the article tell us lots about Lambert’s life. He is connoted as courageous through the word “open”, it has in the past been very hard to be completely open about sexuality, earlier on in the article, the journalist states that Lambert “became the first openly gay male artist to top the Billboard 200.” Lambert is also represented as a very closed person and a hard-to-reach person through the phrase “ultimately feels lonely”.
The journalist doesn’t make their presence very well-known, they never speak directly to the audience or state what questions they asked, they just give the audience lots of background information on the star, then go into Lambert’s question responses.
The reader experiences feelings of sympathy after reading this article. We ultimately feel very sympathetic towards Adam Lambert due to his loneliness and inability to trust; we are given an insight into the difficult life that the star has led. The reader will also feel inspired after reading the article because there are some very inspiring statements in the article, especially in the journalist’s conclusion when they say that Adam Lambert believes “life’s about exploring new things.”
The journalist represents the star as very courageous however; the star is also represented as a very lonely individual. The journalist writes that darker themes, especially loneliness, is a recurring theme in Lambert’s latest album. Adam Lambert is connoted as courageous due to him being so open about his sexuality, this is a topic which can be very difficult for celebrities especially as they are constantly living in the spotlight, they could be judged for any opinion, any fact, any feeling. It is extremely courageous for Mr Lambert to be so open and the journalist clearly demonstrates this through his/her writing.