Thanks to my friend Eric for sending me this link. Rita FlÃ³rez at Good Magazine has an article title “Why Zines Won’t Die”, which I found pretty interesting, and relates to my thesis (which, alas, is done, but the research continues!). The final paragraphs of FlÃ³rez’s article:
Thereâ€™s also the â€œCan I read it on the toilet?â€ factor, which print lovers argue is irreplaceable. â€œIf itâ€™s really good artwork, thereâ€™s only so much you can get out of looking at a computer screen,â€ says Frederick. â€œYouâ€™d rather own a nice book or a nice bound zine rather than a stack of printouts.â€
Rowe agrees: â€œThereâ€™s something about being able to hand somebody a copy of your zine. Thereâ€™s more of a personal interaction. When I ask people what they love about reading zines, they mention that itâ€™s not just getting the zine, itâ€™s getting this note from the person who made the zine. It became a personal correspondence.â€ Think people will be saying that about a MySpace profile 10 years from now?