Too Many Tech Magazines

from the overwhelmed dept

A rambling discussion in Salon about all these tech magazines and how they have no way to keep their content as fresh and strong as it needs to be to be a "must read". Personally, I've stopped all subscriptions to print magazines (and I used to get a lot). I do still get Business 2.0, but I'm pretty sure my subscription ran out long ago, so I'm not sure why it still comes. I must admit, I used to read it too, but now that they've switched to publishing bi-weekly, I've noticed they just pile up. I can't keep up. I read enough news (if you hadn't noticed) on the web. The article does point out that the time it takes from being a "must read" to a "has been" is now about 15 months. Maybe I should start considering "Techdirt - the Magazine".

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    Ryan, 18 Aug 2000 @ 3:32am

    Techdirt Magazine

    Mike that's not that bad of an idea! A tech magazine made for skimming and not in depth reading. It's hard enough for most people to keep up with the tech scene (we're probably exceptions to this rule because of techdirt). I don' think its that bad of an idea

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    mhh5, 18 Aug 2000 @ 6:03pm

    maybe on digital ink...

    Mike, I know you were just joking. But I'll just throw out my 2 cents, and say Techdirt the Magazine is a horrible idea. In fact, I'd say most mass-printed material based on time-critical information is a horrible idea. As soon as it's printed, it's worthless. Unless there are some ardent techdirt-readers out there who like to archive old news...

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    Michael Armstrong, 18 Aug 2000 @ 10:04pm

    As if...

    I can't say that I'm terribly surprised. I get a couple of the ZDNet and Infoworld "newsletters" via email and they're constantly three or four days behind. Quite often a story I'll see here or on Slashdot will show up a day or two later through them with a "breaking news/this just in" attitude.

    I figure if they can't even get that right, the print versions don't stand a chance. It doesn't help that lead times are MUCH longer for the print world. It's like starting a race after the fastest guy has already crossed the finish line.

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      Anonymous Coward, 21 Aug 2000 @ 4:05pm

      Re: As if...

      Umm... Okay it's probably a bad idea. Although, I was fooled into the seductive lure of print media (which I still read for in depth reviews). How about a techdirt radio or TV channel?

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        Mike (profile), 21 Aug 2000 @ 5:20pm

        Re: As if...

        Um, well, we're *way* too ugly for TV. :) We'd have to hire actors to play all of us. As for radio... we did have the one episode which kinda sucked. We then had the second episode which was great, but which we deleted in a moment of pure stupidity. Look for it to return sometime soon when we get our act together.

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          Ryan, 22 Aug 2000 @ 4:05am

          ...ugly, who?

          I think maybe too busy instead of too ugly ;) After all I think the chicks sort of dig me, especially when I start talking about computers and the internet!

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