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Why buying newspapers and magazines is rarely worthwhile

Brian Micklethwait and I are of one mind on this:

Newspapers and magazines are not completely useless now, which is why, from time to time, I still keep buying them. I still associate them with the intense pleasure that they used to provide. But in the age of round the clock internet connection they add too little. When I start reading them now, I find that I know too much of what is in them already. I do learn things, but not enough things. I am amused, but no more amused than I am by all the various online nonsense you can now get for free.

I made a resolution at the new year, which was that I wouldn’t buy any magazines in 2008. Well, I didn’t keep it, but I’ve cut down drastically. I only buy them now when I desperately need very un-demanding reading material, such as during a flight. (I can’t adequately describe to you my intense delight when, on my flight from Dallas to Oakland a few weeks ago, I discovered two trashy magazines - Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly - in the seat pocket in front of me. Free trash is the best trash.)

Thing is, I would pay good money for good magazines and newspapers. There just aren’t many out there, not in my orbit, anyway. I read the British Sunday papers - and their accompanying magazines - online every week; in fact, this is a special Saturday night treat for me (yeah, my life is pretty wild). I can’t think of a single US newspaper worth my money.

5 Responses to “Why buying newspapers and magazines is rarely worthwhile”

  1. I feel the same way about magazines and newspapers. Papers are the worst, totally useless.
    Magazines, even though I know better I can’t help buying, I guess its the tactile aspect of it, sitting at the pool reading a magazine or a book.
    Maybe it just shows my age that I still associate these things with knowledge.

  2. I can beat Brian’s record: I always buy the weekend papers when in England, then bring them back to Texas, then leave them sitting around unread here for months. Duh.

    The Spectator is great in the flesh, especially their book reviews for some reason.

    But I also adore Vogue and the grooviest poshest home magazines, and save them for reference- it’s the pictures. There are more, bigger and they seem to have a different more accurate quality than online ones.

  3. I just hate all the ads in Vogue - and I don’t mean only the blatant adverts.

    Oprah’s magazine is the hardest for me to resist, but it’s been swamped by ads - in the editorial, too - for a while now. Not to mention its habit of pushing socialism and totalitarianism. (If you think I’m joking, check it out for yourself.)

  4. I never buy newspapers. They are too big and full of stuff I don’t want to read - a total waste of paper. I much prefer to read them online.

    I can’t break my magazine habit completely, but I’ve cut it right down and mainly restrict it to the ones I subscribe to now - Eve, Red and Zest. The first two combine a bit of fashion/beauty stuff with a lot of interesting articles and the third one usually has something useful in the way of fitness advice.

    I’m totally over Vogue/Elle/Harpers and any other pure fashion magazines.

  5. I need my daily newspaper everyday. It’s part of my evening ritual, come home, either flick the kettle on for a nice cup of tea or I pour myself a glass of wine, sit down and read the paper and relax.

    Sunday paper is a must.

    Magazines? I am part of a recycling group meaning that any magazine we buy gets distributed to other members and the last one to read it has to recycle it. We used to be able to bring them to the local hospital but last time we were told off as they might be contaminated.

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