Councillor Mrs. Mary Potts described the magazine as ‘decadent’ and ‘utter filth.’
I can’t imagine a better compliment for a zine really.
This is a 1980 television documentary produced by the BBC’s Community Programme’s Unit which specialized in what amounts to local access television. This one is a very down to earth look at a small town British punk zine called ‘Guttersnipe.’ What’s great about this film is how it lets the people do the talking. It doesn’t make the mistake that a lot of television made back in the seventies and eighties when they tried to define the punk movement in rather stilted terms which only served to expose the terror of the producers themselves when faced with something they didn’t understand.
The young people in this film speak with honesty, frustration and great humor. They weren’t willing to accept boring so they made a culture with what was at hand. We can learn a lot from these Telford punks today when we seem so in the spell of technology corporations that it is hard to imagine ever creating a culture again. How do you ever feel unsatisfied when you have an iPhone in your hand and can read anything written anywhere on earth within seconds? How do you muster the energy to stop twiddling thumbs and print something? Or play a guitar?
Sure, I love computers as much as anyone else. I find them incredibly inspiring and empowering. Perhaps it’s really the Web that’s the problem. Not the machines.
The Web has become a nearly unusable up and down scrolling mechanism so burdened underneath the weight of endless and intrusive advertising that I personally dread visiting nine out of ten web sites. There is very little pleasure in browsing anymore. It’s not a nice environment. Things pause, pop into your face, jump around the screen, go inexplicably black, stop mid video, suddenly rewind, jump left, jump right, go totally blank and infect your computer. It’s basically hell. The Web as a reading experience stinks now. No question about it.
Makes one want a zine in one’s hands to sit back and read like humans were meant to read.
Popular Science magazine has put its entire 137-year history of issues online for free. In partnership with Google, the magazine is offering a search tool that will allow you to read anything it ever published. Here’s an example of a publisher who actually knows what it is doing in the 21st century. There are very few magazines staffed by people who understand which century they are playing in. Popular Science is apparently staffed by people who can read, write and tell time.
I see people crossing streets while typing on their ‘devices.’ I see them driving and sitting in fine restaurants with their dates and they’re answering email and texting. Makes you want to walk over and plant a big kiss on some guy’s date right in front of him while he texts his mother. Would serve him right. People are not even remotely aware of other people anymore. They drive right through stop signs while texting or chatting on a cell phone. They wipe out entire families on freeways because they were trying to type, ‘OMG Heeee’s sooooo hot!!!!’
These people are simple dark abominations. They are fools who understand only how to be dead, dried husks that resemble human beings. They think they are part of the information overload and that they are multitasking through life. They’re just obliterating themselves.
Let me put it this way: if somebody sees you using your device, you’re not using it properly.
Sometimes I see a woman in the grocery store answer her cell phone and say something like, ‘Yes, honey, I’m in the grocery store. I’m looking for those little pepper things now.’
Do you know why the guy calls her there? I do. It’s because he thinks she’s cheating on him because he knows she wants to because he’s a total flaccid drip. That is why 99.9% of all cell phone calls on the planet are placed. That is why the cell phone economy works. It’s nervous people checking up on their significant others to make sure they’re still around.
You know I’m right. You’ve done it too. Haven’t you?
But look at this cover illustration and think about trying not to do such an awful thing to your kid this Halloween. Try hard, because that kid will never forget that little screen in your face.
Heliotrope is a free quarterly magazine of speculative fiction that publishes stories, poetry and articles. This issue features a story by Neil Gaiman called One Life, Furnished in Early Moorcock. There are also several articles about writer Michael Moorcock’s profound influence on the science fiction and fantasy genres. His most popular works are the Elric of Melniboné stories.
Shimmer is a magazine of contemporary speculative fiction. Kind of a fantasy/sci-fi sort of thing. They are offering their latest issue with 12 stories in it as a free download. Some of the titles included are, The Carnivale of Abandoned Tales, Jaguar Woman, Counting Down to the End of the Universe, and an author interview.