Sunday, April 03, 2005

BoingBoing- The Zine



One of the more popular blogs focusing on fun and technology is boingboing.net . One of the more interesting things about this blog, to me at least, is that it was originally a zine back in the late 80's and early 90's. We didn't have blogs back then. Everyone kept their opinions to themselves and their trusted friends, families and co-workers - expect for fanboys and lunatics who turned to self published small magazines and newletters to inflict their views upon others. A lot of the earlier zines I remember concerned punk bands and socialist/anarchist politics. Yeah, most of them sucked - and by "them" I mean the zines... and the bands.... and the mushy-headed politics of pissed-off suburban teenagers.

I guess that the personal web site and now blogging has killed off the self-published zine community - for now. I thought that disco was dead in 1980 so I do not want to be too premature in burying the zine. Some trends are like slasher flick villains, even after they have been stabbed, shot, immolated and beheaded - they come back for one last attack during the feature and are always good for a sequel.

BoingBoing was one of the coolest zines of it's time and now it is a damned good blog. I check it several times a week and still have some old paper copies strewn about the house.

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