daven wrote: »
May I suggest substituting ''publication' in place of 'rag'?
Indeed. However, I must say that the overall editorial quality and "thickness" of the above mentioned magazines has been on a downward spiral for years now (Macworld used to be a "thick bible" every month in the 90s, even with a much smaller Mac universe) - in the meantime, I can only praise MacFormat for its excellent content in this context of increasingly electronic domination.
P.S.: Anyone here missing MacAttack! as well?
Yes, MacAttack was another good one. I brought home my first Mac in May 1984, an amazing 128K Mac. Packing on top inside the box was issue number one of MacWorld that was, at that time, a bit oversized in height and width from the standard-sized magazines.
As time went on the magazines and the local Mac club became less necessary to get and share news... the internet did that quicker and cheaper. BMUG, the newsletter of the Boston or Berkley user group, used to be an inch think. Those were the days!
bobschlob wrote: »
Ahh… That's why I loved MacWeek (aside from the great writing and awesome computer classifieds).
You could fold it vertically, like a newspaper, and have it sticking up, out of your pack pocket. (as I moseyed down the street to eat breakfast and read the latest Mac stuff) Ahh… nostalgia.
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And in other Mac-related-closing news, macpunk.com seems to have bitten the dust.
I used their free email service for more than a decade. Evidently I'll need a new spam catcher.
Marvin wrote: »
I suspect the title came about from someone trying to find another word for magazine to avoid saying 'long-running Apple magazine MacUser Magazine':
It can be used to mean informal, mostly gossip or tabloid-like media, not necessarily trashy but it would be more respectful to say publication or something along those lines. This is a case where it would be best to email or PM the author because they're the only ones who can make such an update. Editorial choices like these are not always going to be made with any intended disrespect so don't jump to that conclusion when you see them.
Not necessarily insulting, but incorrect. A 'rag' is a daily newspaper, known as such in the trade because at one time rag was a component of the pulp from which the paper was made. The appropriate comparable term is a 'comic', though that's technically a colour supplement.
I suspect they meant to write 'mag' and pressed the wrong button.
john12345 wrote: »
Ironically, Mac usage now is stronger than ever.
I still own the very first issue (and about ten other early key issues) of MacWorld. The original large format size and thick cover material made it seem so "classy" and consistent with the Mac and Apple's image of something special and superior. Looking back at it today, there actually wasn't all that much comprehensive content (just what Apple wanted us to know, even though the magazine was independent), but it seemed so exciting at the time.
Before the Mac, there was an Apple ][ magazine called Softtalk, that was actually quite comprehensive and terrific and somewhat more geared towards software than hardware. The December 1982 issue was 336 pages long (and Byte and PC World were frequently even larger). It's amazing how many computer magazines there were in the early days and some of them were quite good with very deep articles about the technology, code listings, etc. It wasn't just silly rumor mill and one paragraph articles about new products with large pictures like the remaining publications have today. I think the hobbyist computer world in which so many people did their own programming was far more interesting in many respects. Now we get excited about some iOS app we can buy for $3. At least most of the apps have gotten less silly than the early ones.
We've gained tons with the internet, but we've also lost a lot as well - deep, rich, comprehensive content with content experts and editors behind it.
"The December 1982 issue was 336 pages long (and Byte and PC World were frequently even larger). "
Later on half of those pages were ads for various stores all over the country. You could even say that was internet shopping in the beginning! Studying RAM prices all the time month to month, watching them go down :P Sometimes that's all I would wait for is the RAM prices. Weird times now, everything is instantaneous...
MacUser was a quality magazine . When I used to subscribe , it was published twice monthly in the UK which I thought would be tough to keep going . I always thought it was more geeky than Macworld of Macformat - more for the pros than the general user . Sad to see it go though . By the way Macworld is still published in the UK by IDG - not sure for how much longer though .
zoetmb wrote: »
I still own the very first issue (and about ten other early key issues) of MacWorld.
bobschlob wrote: »
Honestly, I didn't know they were still around (more about me, than the magazine).
I too have fond memories of immersing myself in the mag; pre-internet.
More than anything though, I miss MacWeek. That was the best.
cityguide wrote: »
As a former working journalist with friends in what's left of the industry, I want to point out that chasing advertising is not new to Google.
Ink costs money. Newsprint costs money. The intern who rewrites press releases needs a little coin to buy his or her McDonald's breakfast. Even in the heyday of the NYT, reader subscriptions didn't cover a quarter of the newspaper's operating expenses. But having a certified subscriber list meant the paper's business department could tell the ad department how many readers were potential customers, readers whom advertisers paid to reach and that's what kept the lights on and the presses running.
Google, like the rest of the instream online ad universe, just took that model and ran with it into the Internet. And really, the model still works the same.