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Monday, September 22, 2014

MAGAZINES IN A DIGITAL WORLD

If there was ever a format made for reading in the bathroom, it is most definitely a new magazine. No worries about getting it wet, no thoughts on swiping the screen to get to the next page, no squinting because of print too small. Oh... they are great for OTHER places too!

The anticipation of receiving it in the mail, planning a few hours of reading in the tub, the satisfaction of completing the last article.... nothing much better than THAT! In this digital world we now live, how long until the majority of all monthly content is transferred to an electronic tablet? My hope is, like vinyl records, magazines will never go away.

Maybe I am showing my age, but like many, many others, I like the feel of a crisp new periodical in my hands. Yes, even more words and pictures can be shown on a giant screen with more detail, but better is sometimes not better. My magazines don't require batteries or charging. The large type is easy to read all on one page. It is portable so I can take it with me wherever I want with no worries or hassles. They are recyclable or can be saved for future viewing.

 I subscribe to more than a couple and do a little dance (sorry neighbors!) every time one arrives in the mailbox. Yes, I have to keep track of those that somehow get lost, but multiple times every month, it's like Christmas, without the music. How great is that? My favorite topic of course is cars, but I am also getting Consumer Reports, Where to Retire, and PA Magazine. I have, in the past, subscribed to Playboy (yes, the articles WERE interesting!), Cosmopolitan (I learned 827 ways to please my woman, now I just have to get a woman!) and others that gave me a look into areas of life I wasn't exposed enough to - or now have enough information to run from!

My next adventure will be to buy a collection of magazines from the 1960's, just to see how different the stories are, how cool the ads were, and take a break from the realities of our digital world, even if just for a few hours, and travel back in time to simpler days. Many monthly publications are gone, maybe never to return. But unlike the internet, evidence remains of this lost world... you just have to pick them up.

I'm going to keep reading!

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