From “Print Isn’t Dead!,” a post by vlogger The Iowa Firecracker, a former magazine editor, about a visit to the magazine racks at a Barnes and Noble. From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:
Check out Pole2Pole.
Okay, a magazine called Pole2Pole is about, what? Amundson, VerticalScott, Shackleton …? No, it is a magazine about “the sport of pole fitness.” Pole fitness. Back in my day, it was just a sleazy way to supplement my college scholarship, but now it’s a sport. In fact, it is so very sportsy that there are several other magazines also devoted to pole fitness, such as Pole Spin and—my favorite—Vertical. And those are just the actual print periodicals; there are several other titles online.
A few years ago, I got a promotional copy of Garden and Gun, which I thought was pretty awesome: It’s like Martha Stewart with a Mossberg. It’s won a number of magazine-industry awards, and sells tons of advertising, but now I realize it is just the older, more aspirational cousin of Gun Girl and a slew of magazines featuring photos of women in bikinis holding assault rifles.
So the good news is, Print isn’t dead! It’s just turning into a Hooters franchise.