Magazine trendspotting

Magzine trendspotting:“Pop culture critic” Cary Darling of the Dallas Ft. Worth Star Telegram, does a round-up of some new (and not-so-new) magazines he thinks are cool, many of which have been mentioned here previously. As apparently dictated in the “guidelines and bye-laws” of the organization, “Reporters Who Once In A While Write About Magazines,” (RWOIAWWAM), there are plenty of quotes from Samir Husni in the article.

Cary starts the article out with this opening sentence: “Isn’t the printed word supposed to be going the way of the $1.50 gallon of gas?” I’ll skip the fisking and merely share Cary’s “Top 26” (which is a great example of reporter-math, as there are 37 magazines on the list) of the magazines he thinks are worthy. If I didn’t have anything better to do, I’d link to each one. However, if you want to purchase a subscription to any of them, here’s a rexblog contextual commerce link to a place you can do so and allow the rexblog to become a revenue generating machine:

CULTURAL COOL
Vice
Mental Floss
Lo-Fi
Big
Hobo

NEWS
The Week

GUYS
Cargo
Giant
Complex

GIRLS
Suede
Bust

WORLD
URB
Giant Robot
Urban Latino
Loft
La Banda Elastica
Heeb

HOME
Real Simple
Ready Made
Cottage Living

PETS
Bark

CARs
Intersection
Dub

SCIENCE
Seed

MUSIC
Tracks
Paste

OLD FAVORITES
Adbusters
Entertainment Weekly
Mojo
Q
The New Yorker
People
Us Weekly
Reason
Wired
Vanity Fair
Vibe

Update: Of course, Ft. Worth, not Dallas, is where you’d find the Star Telegram. Sorry.

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Recipie for confusion

Recipe for confusion: Don’t have time now, but later I will link back to lots of previous rants on the “digital magazine” topic to give some backgroud to today’s news in mediapost.com that Epicurus has launched a recurring PDF-like document designed using the metaphors and subscription model of a consumer print magazine. “Everything is the same,” they say, “except we don’t send it to the printer.”

“It’s a magazine except there’s no paper” is right up there with, “Except for that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” It’s like saying that pictures of food are like food without the smell and taste.

Note to publishers: The web offers some amazing opportunities to do things you can never do with print. Stop trying to make it print. You’re missing the point.

I will consider the digital Epicurus magazine a magazine, when I see someone displaying it on a coffeetable. It may be great, and no doubt will be, at what it is and can be. But calling it a magazine “except we don’t send it to the printer” requires too much discussion of Mcluhan and Freud for this early in the morning.