That’s what we asked ourselves when we sat down to create this spring’s issue of the New York Review of Magazines, and 2003 gave us plenty to work with. Sometimes it seemed that no matter what we looked into, whether it was new launches, new designs or new media, the same issues kept popping up: The war. The economy. Politics. Demographics. Magazines have always reflected the state of the union — that’s what makes the business so intriguing.
So when we looked at design trends, not only did we discover a "new sobriety;" we found that in a tough economic climate, magazines don’t have the luxury of being illegible. When we looked at Pat Buchanan’s new magazine, not only did we find a conservative arguing against the war in Iraq; we found a battle for the soul of the conservative movement. Even when we looked at the popular Web diaries called "blogs," we found a new breed of opinion journalism driven by an intensely competitive political climate.
aren’t all serious all the time, and neither are we. In this issue, you’ll
meet teenage girls, frustrated interns, prickly editors and Gene Simmons’
celebrated tongue. You’ll discover new formats, new fetishes and new mavericks
seeking new markets. Covering an entire industry in one issue would be
impossible, so we aimed for an engaging and eclectic mix of business and
pleasure. We hope you enjoy it. And remember: You’re only as smart as
the magazines you read.
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& Pat vs. the Neocons: Who Owns the Conservative Movement?
Girls on Teen Mags: The Big Sleepover
Rather Read about People like Me"
Redux: Bloggers Bask in the Spotlight
on Bilingualism: an Americano Crosses the Border to Latina
Old, Same Old? The State of the "New" Republic
Turn: a Trade Magazine for Radicals
Black Hole: Making the Case for a Black News Magazine
Read This: Designers Make More with Less
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