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Virgina Postrel has an interesting post regarding the role of magazines in a digital media age. She refers to another article written by Warren Ellis, who asks, “If your concept of a magazine is something designed in one-page bursts, or three pages that only carry 500 words due to the mass of images, then, really,…

What are magazines for?

Virgina Postrel has an interesting post regarding the role of magazines in a digital media age. She refers to another article written by Warren Ellis, who asks, “If your concept of a magazine is something designed in one-page bursts, or three pages that only carry 500 words due to the mass of images, then, really, you’re not doing anything the web can’t do better, are you?”

Virginia argues that medium-sized articles often get chopped to bits, or blown out or proportion to a book. Magazines are still the venue for those who want to consider serious ideas. She writes, “I’ve often said that if I were still editing Reason, I’d redesign the magazine to put all the short stuff on the Web and just run long features in print.” Interesting idea.

Posted by Joel on June 24 2007 • Journalism

Fun Shelves

I think these shelves look like a great way for a reader to decorate their walls and move some books out of the way at the same time. I certainly have a need for them on both counts. I have a birthday coming up ... in case any of my friends and family are reading. (Shameless!)

It’s a wonderful summer day today here in the Twin Cities, one of those picture-perfect mornings you wish you could preserve somehow for use in the middle of January. Am I alone, or does it seem that only when you have plenty of work and errands to complete do you notice how alive a clear blue sky on a beautiful day can make you feel. Maybe this will be my incentive to get down to business today so that I can enjoy my weekend.

Posted by Joel on June 09 2007 • Books