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September 21, 2007

Glenn Beck on Magazines

Glenn Beck, conservative talk-radio and television host:

So there I was staring at the
wall of magazines, and I started to think…who reads all these things?
Didn’t there used to be, like, five magazines—Time, Popular Mechanics, Good Housekeeping, Life and Highlights?  I remember when People came out and it was MAJOR news.  A magazine just about…people?
How decadent!  Now, there’s a magazine for everyone no matter how
obscure your tastes.  Magazines for cat and dog lovers…stamp
collectors…Civil War re-enactors…vegetarian yoga fanatics who like
bluegrass music.  It’s nuts. (Webmaster’s note:  Mr. Beck’s flippant
attitude toward the magazine industry does not apply to Fusion, his own groundbreaking publication that you can subscribe to elsewhere on this site…).

I also noticed that magazines have gotten awfully thick…almost like books.
Who has time for all that reading?  Aren’t magazines supposed to be
thin and manageable…like “lite books” for people who don’t love to read
and like lots of pictures?  Sure, if all the magazines were all about
Iran, illegal immigration and the end of the world, that would be one
thing—I’d read those all day long!  But when they’re about speedboats
and rap music, who really cares?



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Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.