It’s a day of laziness and reflection for me. I’m happy to stretch out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head with classical music playing softly on the radio as I doze off and on reading Mr. Playboy, Hugh Hefner and the American Dream by Steven Watts (a 529-page book I checked out of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh yesterday). I hope to learn something useful about publishing an online girlie magazine. I hope to learn something about the history of girlie magazines. I hope to learn something about the rise and fall of Playboy Magazine.
At its peak in the 1970s, Playboy sold 7,000,000 print copies every month. It helped to usher in the sexual revolution and the age of consumerism that is with us today. Then came the Internet and the print circulation of the vast majority of magazines and newspapers began a steady decline.
I was as surprised as anyone when Hefner recently announced that the print issue of Playboy (not the cyber issue) would no longer carry glamor photos of nude women. He said that today’s reader could get all the nude women he (or she) wanted on the Internet (and free porn, too). Who am I to dispute the master.
But I’m willing to bet (I’m putting in time, money and effort) on the idea that there are still enough readers (that I can find) on the Internet who appreciate the content that surrounds the photos of the female nudes that are found in this online magazine, at least enough readers so that my little girlie magazine can sustain a circulation of between 1,000 to 2,000 page views every day. After all, human sexuality does not take place in a vacuum and there for there is a need for content that entertains or informs or inspires.
Hail to Pitt!
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. The glamor photos used in this blog post were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.