Psycho: Rafat Ali lands a vaporzine scoop regarding a promo teaser for a magazine that will cover “innovation in technology and media” from Tony Perkins, the actor who starred in the movie Psycho. No, wait a minute, I stand corrected: it’s not thatTony Perkins who’s starting a magazine. It’s the Tony Perkins who created a website called AlwaysOn that can be found at the intuitively-challenged URL, www.alwayson-network.com.
Anyway, if you’re really into the whole vaporzine scene, you’ll recall that Rafat recently discovered that the dejazine website Red Herring is selling subscriptions to an as-yet unannounced (officially) weekly magazine.
Where was I? Oh, yes. The new Alwayson vaporzine, according to the alwayson-network Tony Perkins, will have as its “intellectual centerpiece,” a special “Economist-like briefing that emphasizes the coolest three or four things going on in technology and media, all written by former Red Herring writers.” Now, if you’re a real magazine geek, you’ll recall that it was the alwayson-network Tony Perkins who launched and later shut-down the pre-dejazine Red Herring despite writing a book predicting the dot.com bust with the subtitle “what you need to avoid the coming shakeout.” Unfortunately, he failed to connect the dots between his presciently predicted internet bubble bust and what the shakeout would mean for magazines that depended almost entirely on revenue related to dot.coms — you may recall it ended up not being among the three or four coolest things to ever go on in technology and media.
So, just to bring us all up to speed regarding these vaporzines: The Red Herring is selling subscriptions to a weekly and Tony Perkins is selling subscriptions to a quarterly written by former Red Herring writers.