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Relive history, day by day

Blogs are usually so now, now, now that it’s interesting to see the form being used to relive historical events. It’s the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which ran from July 10 to October 31 1940.

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A passion for obsession

Veneer Magazine is an arts publication famous for fetishising the materials and processes involved in each issue. Past issues have been printed on a variety of paper stocks with unique letterpress and offset techniques, others have been bull-whipped, sprayfoamed, embedded with titanium and cubic zirconia, or doused in perfume.

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Lo-gloss glossy

Manzine is a quirky, DIY take on the male glossy magazine. It’s produced by a group of writers and designers who work for the likes of The Guardian and British GQ. The zine’s lo-fi materials (it looks photocopied), obscure articles and generally rough-hewn aesthetic give Manzine a distinctive quality that’s hard to come by these days. The zine is distributed at various locations around London, and is also available for order on their blog, http://themanzine.blogspot.com/.

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Staying local

 

Many local newspapers are struggling just now but some are showing real resilience. What’s their secret?

Tindle Newspapers owns over 200 local papers and is Britain’s tenth-largest local-news publisher. It’s run by Sir Ray Tindle, an octogenarian who believes that local news should be, well, local.

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The ultimate digest

 

How come The Economist is so successful when so many other weekly news magazines aren’t? Michael Hirschorn of The Atlantic magazine identifies several possible reasons:

 

1. Quality and breadth – ‘The Economist is truly a remarkable invention. This weekly newspaper, as it calls itself, canvasses the globe with an assurance no-one else can match. Where else, really, can you actually keep up with Africa?’2. Ability to distil the news and offer a point of view – ‘The Economist has reached its current level of influence and importance because it is, in every sense of the word, a true global digest for an age when the amount of undigested, undigestible information online continues to metastasise.’3. Smart analysis and razor-sharp clarity instead of original reporting – ‘The Economist virtually never gets scoops, and the information it does provide is available elsewhere . . . if you care to spend 20 hours Googling’.What’s interesting is that The Economist has managed to do all this without knowingly adapting to the realities of Web 2.0. In fact, even Hirschorn admits that The Economist ‘has never had much digital savvy’. The Economist, which almost demands to be seen first and foremost as a print publication, appears to stand alone online, unlinked to other news sources.‘While other publications whore themselves to Google, The Huffington Post and the Drudge Report, almost no-one links to The Economist. It sits primly apart from the whole orgy of link love elsewhere on the Web’. At the end of the day, The Economist feels like the only magazine you need to read’. Suggest we subscribe!Ref. http://blog.futurelab.net/2009/07/innovation_and_the_future_of_m.html 

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