I’m sad to see more of my favorite magazines bite the dust. Cookie and Gourmet are the latest casualties of the magazine world. When Wondertime and Domino folded I said how much of a fan I was of print media despite recent trends. Although I work in online media, I do not want magazines or newspapers to disappear.Â I know times have changed and we need to be mindful of the environmental impact of print media, I still think there is a value to it’s existence.
I find the personal connection with a physical magazine or newspaper more rewarding at times than reading the same article online. Call me old-fashioned? Magazines can be portable, shared and visually stunning in ways different than on my iPhone or a laptop.Â IÂ still treasure my time curling up with my cup of tea at the end of the day–after I have been in front of a computer screen far too long–with a pile of magazines, flipping pages, folding corners of the pages I want to reread or tearing out pictures or recipes I want to save.
I hope during these lean times when businesses must find ways to cut costs out of necessity we find opportunities to make the online world and print media coexist without sacrificing one for the other. Maybe this will mean more specialized magazines, smaller print runs, more environmentally friendly printing. We’ll see…
In the meantime my latest issue of Vanity Fair arrived today so I have this to add to my pile of magzines on my bedside table for reading this evening.