Sunday, July 05, 2015

What's my zine?

Where newspapers will cater to lifestyles and interests by either lumping them in with diverse others so that you can skip to that article on computer simulation , or suprise you by including a feature virtual reality when it's not the sort of thing they're known to run;  magazines give it to you on a plate. There are general knowledge magazines that emulate the scatter gun approach of the newspaper but there are many more that go straight to the area of interest.

Magazines don't just have interviews, sometimes they signal their inclusion in the title. In specialist fields, they still declare the presence of interviews.

If an artist has enough significance, there'll be a magazine either about them or a movement they've inspired.

Magazines aren't interested in usurping the role of other media; where they may have set the groundwork for much of what appears on reality TV, they're just as happy either producing their own variations on different gardening methods or conditions as they are piggybacking on shows like Burke's Backyard or Gardening Australia. The former's magazine incarnation kept going long after the television program had finished.

And if your enthusiasm is for a niche like box kites, magazines may just have had a go. Obviously it's trickier veering from a dependable formula such as evinced in Taste of Home because, after all, even box kite enthusiasts may not wish to purchase a publication about the subject on a bi-monthly basis.

This is typically where zines have come in; produced out of a passion or enthusiasm for something, teenagers in garages not playing in a band may have been busy writing about one.

Newsletters are happy to indulge their readers' proclivities and may do so at the individual business level. Trade journals naturally deal with lifestyle interests through the industries that support them and academic journals take an interest in their studies.


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