Hello hello hello, my brother and sister rock ‘n’ rollers who live all over the world with a special hello to all you first-time readers of my little girlie ezine!
How’s everyone doing?
June 2015 is just about over. What a month it’s been for the American people. The shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and the Supreme Court’s decisions on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), same-sex marriage and the fair housing bill. Conservatives howled and liberals celebrated. I don’t consider myself a liberal, but I’m definitely left of center. What I am is working class and my personal agenda has more to do with fighting the strangle hold that Big Money has on our political system. Taking our political system back from the 1% is a fight that the American people must win or we’re all (99%) fucked no matter what social battles we win or lose. Don’t be fooled. The agenda of the 1% is to have us fight among ourselves over social issues while they win the ultimate battle for control of the wealth of our country.
The 1% can’t fool the Old Soldier.
We cannot allow 1% of the population to own more than 50% of the wealth and still have representative government. Representative government doesn’t and can’t work that way. It never has and it never will. We the people need to wake up.
Well, I continue with my online research on the history of magazines. Mass market magazines arose in the 1890s. As a matter of fact, mass market magazines were the first mass media. Of all the mass market magazines that were around in the 1800s, only Harper’s Bazaar and The Atlantic are still publishing on a regular basis. Most of the others have simply disappeared. There use to be thousands of mass market magazines published in the United States. I mean at the same time.
And do you know the magazine with the highest circulation today? AARP. It’s the magazine for senior citizens like me. It has a circulation of around 50,000,000 issues a month and it’s a print magazine. It has a monthly circulation far larger than any American magazine you can think of being published today. And I’m absorbing as much of this history of mass market magazines as I can. Even magazines with large print circulations are moving online in one form or another. Some magazines don’t even have a print presence. They are strictly online magazines, like my little girlie ezine.
I’m learning everything I can about mass market magazines, because I publish and edit the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, an ezine of commentaries, erotic fiction, culture, things Pittsburgh and sex as art and entertainment. Being the publisher and editor of an online girlie magazine is not as glamorous as you may think it is.
Today in Pittsburgh it will be cloudy with a high in the 60s.
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