What he said

A magazine employeeJohn Thackara blogs what he thinks of his magazine Fast Company being sold:

Quote from the Fast Company Weblog.:

“It’s indeed rotten news that Fast Company’s parent company, Gruner & Jahr, has put it up for sale. A magazine is one of those places – like a school, or town square (or an event like Doors of Perception) – that create far more value than is often apparent. That’s because they enable encounter and interaction that would not otherwise occur.”

Update: See comments for clarification. John is a guest host on Fast Company’s blog, not an employee. I’m happy to set the record straight. I also agree with him sentiments.

6 thoughts on “What he said

  1. One could argue that blogs, for instance, or even online groups, BBSs’ etc. create far more interaction and encounter, if in a less structured environment. But having had a couple-three mags come out from under me, I think the school-townsquare metaphor apt, because there is a sense of community and even of shelter in a magazine.

  2. One clarification: While John Thackara is guest host of Fast Company’s blog, FC Now, this week, he doesn’t actually work for the magazine.

  3. FYI, John Thackara (who posted that quote) is not an employee at Fast Company but is currently a guest blogger.

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