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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Oxford American focuses on 'Slammer,' a mugshot tabloid

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM

The Oxford American is out with another of its Southword productions in conjunctions with NPR — film, words and radio reporting. This time its on The Slammer, a local paid tabloid full of mugshots from local lockups. It's a derivative of others around the country.

Here's NPR report on the voyeuristic appeal of the mugshot tabs, steadily facing free competition from newspaper websites. I just don't know if a website is a match for the handy newspaper package, permanent and handy for perusal and passing around as buyers guzzle a Big Gulp from the convenience store where Slammer is sold.

Even more interesting is an accompanying article on historic Arkansas prison mugshots (one below). They form the basis for a book by a New York history professor.

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