In order to be able to write my own article for my double page spread of my music magazine I analysed a existing magazine article and talked about the linguistic features which are in the article and my opinion on what they were saying.
Article – Billboard Magazine, Adam Lambert: Don’t look back, Shirley Halperin- June 20th
Structure- The article is an exclusive interview with Adam Lambert.
Presence of the journalist- Throughout this article, the journalist is never actually referenced to, meaning they are not entirely present within this article. But, the reader is aware and can acknowledge the presence of the journalist as it is written in third person, this is shown through the use of the pronoun ‘his’. This connotes that somebody other than Adam Lambert himself would have obtained the facts for the writing.The impact of this is that the article feels very personal as if you are sat down with Adam Lambert and you are interviewing him and he is explaining his story to you.
The Language and Aim- The headline/masthead displays alliterative language and plosive sounds, with the repetition of the harsh ‘d’ sound juxtaposed with the prolonged ‘l’ sound in the text, this keeps the reader’s engagement within the text as the persuasive technique makes the headline short and catchy enough to lure the reader. Alliteration is present multiple times throughout the stand first and article itself, with the sibilance ‘sweet spot’ engaging the reader through its rhythmic sounds it portrays.
The article is very truthful and is real as sensitive topics are tackled from what he finds to be ‘scary’ and ‘frightening’ to how he can be ‘more comfortable with himself and his vision’ suggesting the article is empowering but sensitive at the same time. This is important for the reader as not only are they engaged with the story, but they may take something away from it as well, it seems inspirational and memorable which could make a difference and change people’s lives and perspectives on him and the music industry.
Another language that has also been used is emotive language as a persuasive technique in the interview when Lambert says ‘It’s hard for me to be happy’. This pulls on the audience’s emotions and possibly their heart strings with these emotions they are causing the reader to be curious as to why he feels that way he does, making the reader want to keep reading through the rest of the article about him.
The names of celebrities that have been put in this interview in bold to stand out against the rest of the text is’ Caitlin Jenner’, he says that even though she is no singer or music artists he is inspired by her going through the trasition of from a male to a female and the light of fans and the media supporting Caitlin as Bruce and hoping that everyone would understand and support her through the trasition. This draws the target audience’s attention up to date names and information, as well as giving us information into the star’s personal life and revealing his hobbies and what he dislikes in life.
Representation of the performer- The journalist allowed Adam Lambert to be represented as a empowering individual through the use of various techniques. He is presented to be someone who has overcome his fears with a positive outcome in life which is inspiring to his fans and readers of ‘the beat’ magazine. A wholesome star image has been portrayed of a Pop star who is not stereo typically selfish or stuck up, but someone very confident who has a real authenticity about their persona.