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The Demise Of Magazines ...

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... Put To Music

The many paper publications writers once were writing for

Have mostly disappeared and left a handful all are fighting for

They went by names like Mirabella, Cosmo Girl, and Living Well

Amazing Stories, Omni, and Organic Style and Mademoiselle

And Spirit of Aloha, which you may perchance have read in flight

And also Windows Sources, HomePC, Musician, Cue and Byte

And 7 Days and Audio, and Quick and Simple and Cachet

And, PC Magazine, but no understood that anyway.

When Budget Living says they’re broke, you know conditions aren’t so nice.

And don’t forget Success, whose claim to fame is that they failed twice.

McCalls, Industry Standard, House & Garden all have gone away

And Rosie sank as fast and deep as Underwater USA.

When Country Journal, Harper’s, Jewish Woman, Coronet and Mode

Have followed New Age Journal as they all were flushed down some commode

When Blueprints future plans have all been relegated to the past

And National Lampoon will surely not be who is laughing last.

When Women’s Sports and Fitness, Golf for Women, Gusto, Sync and Spy

Are only sold along with Lifetime at that newsstand in the sky

All writers start to fear that their careers are headed for the drain

A lot like Talk and Child and Life and Look and Lear’s and George and Jane.

The experts all are telling us that in our brave new century

There’ll be new opportunities exciting and adventur-y

But to a freelance writer none of this may seem too funny,

Cause you know the next to go will close up shop and owe you money.”

Thanks to The Daily Swarm for they lyrics and heads up on the video.

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It's not just magazines. Newspapers across the world are paddling in circles.

We're witnessing the death of the [non-internet] printed word.

Which isn't good. Most of the stories the web feeds from are from traditional news media. I read somewhere that Google may buy the NY Times ... i will post the story later.

It's ironic because their readership is bigger than ever. The economic model for web newspapers and magazines hasn't been figured out yet

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David Byrne talks about the demise of newspapers in this country and what it means to all of us:

I’ve been trying to imagine what this country would be like without a serious news source. Like Cuba with only Granma, the organ of the party — that and bootleg satellite TV broadcasts of American Idol. Or Russia, pre-Gorbachev, when the choice was between Pravda and some samizdat mimeographed publications. Iran under the Ayatollah or the Shah. The Philippines under martial law — when all press critical of the Marcos regime was silenced.

We tend to get all holier-than-thou when we look at countries without free press. We think their lives must somehow be more pathetic or sad. Needless to say, this attitude makes us feel better. But people go on. They know, or at least suspect, that they are being denied something, but they maintain hope and optimism. They don’t go around moping. They get on with their lives, and sometimes, at least now and then, feel like maybe the censorship doesn’t matter all that much. There are still reasons to be cheerful. We might like to think of life in an oppressive regime as sheer misery, but from what I can tell, it’s rarely viewed that way. Life goes on and people make do with what they have, and they fall in love and get drunk and sing and dance. It takes a lot — a whole lot — to bring them to the flash point, like what just happened in Greece. Mostly, people adapt to the way things are — and to feel miserable about it is fruitless. And that’s what we will do when there are only two serious newspapers left in the USA.

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