The adults in my life are forever bemoaning the demise of the printed arts. ‘Internet just isn’t the same,’ they say, ‘it hurts our eyes and we like something tangible that can be held in our hands. Plus, you can’t take a computer to the beach!’ I’ve grown so used to reading things on the computer that books have become frustrating – no vertical scroll (kidding) – but when it comes to fashion, as much as I love blogs, there’s nothing quite like a magazine or a coffee table book – computer screens don’t do justice to beautiful photography or an amazing interview/profile. I’m far more interested in reading news and reviews online for both the immediacy and quality of writing available (Suzy Menkes, Tim Blanks etc), and it seems like even newspapers are a day behind now that the world has shifted online. But magazines have longevity that newspapers and blogs don’t have – I can write something amazing on Isaac Likes and it’ll be gone from the main page within a couple of days. I once asked Zambesi’s Neville Findlay why he doesn’t advertise online more often and his response was that he likes the idea that he can pick up a magazine in five years time and still see his advert in there.
So my questions to you are:
Do you prefer reading about fashion online or in magazines/newspapers?
Do you like being able to see editorials quickly online or do you prefer to wait and see them in the magazine on the pages they were designed for?
Which are the best magazines?
The best blogs?
Favourite fashion writers?
How do you respond to advertising in magazines?
Is there a difference between reading a great article online or in a magazine?
Do you mind paying for magazines when you can get most of the content for free online?
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