Read 'Em and Weep

If magazines were to disappear, waiting rooms would suffer. So would women who pose on cars, and Civil War re-enactors. Frankly, we can imagine a world without OMFG (The Official Meeting Facilities Guide), Girls and Corpses (exactly what you think), and Miniature Donkey Talk (don’t worry about it), but we’d rather not. We want to see what’s doin’ in the latest issue of Model Airplane News as much as New York, Esquire, the New Yorker (for the pictures), Playboy (for the pictures), and, if we have sufficient privacy or are 13, Mad (for the articles). Unfortunately, many magazines are going out of business. Fortunately, magazines are always going out of business, ever since the first one, Ben Franklin’s General Magazine, went out of business. Steve Jobs has “save magazines” on his to-do list for next Thursday, but if you can’t pass it down to your son when he hits puberty, it’s not a magazine. Today, Magazine Day praises the form with most appropriate magazine behavior: encouraging people to bring theirs in, spread them out, and waste a bunch of time. At 6 p.m., magazine people Derek Powazek (Fray), Jen Angel (Clamor), and Jeremy Smith (Shareable.net) head up a talk titled "The Future of Magazines." We’ll give you a hint: 3-D.
Sat., Feb. 27, 1 p.m., 2010

 
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