A “rebroadcast”

I thoroughly enjoyed this short piece by Jim Fiscus for ESPN The Magazine, which I read in the May 2010 edition of Golf Digest.  I thought it was so well written, and it resonated with me, so I thought I would share it here…

“We surf the Internet.

We swim in magazines.

The Internet is exhilarating.  Magazines are enveloping.  The Internet grabs you.  Magazines embrace you.  The Internet is impulsive.  Magazines are immersive.  And both media are growing.

Barely noticed amidst the thunderous Internet clamor is the simple fact that magazine readership has risen over the past five years.  Even in the age of the Internet, even among the groups one would assume are most singularly hooked on digital media, the appeal of magazines is growing.

Think of it this way: during the 12-year life of Google, magazine readership actually increased (my emphasis) 11 percent.

What it proves, once again, is that a new medium doesn’t necessarily displace an existing one.  Just as movies didn’t kill radio.  Just as TV didn’t kill movies.  An established medium can continue to flourish so long as it continues to offer a unique experience.  And, as reader loyalty and growth demonstrate, magazines do.

Which is why people aren’t giving up swimming, just because they also enjoy surfing.”

All read while enjoying a Fuente on a cool spring day!  I love April.

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3 Responses to A “rebroadcast”

  1. Chris Donato says:

    My experience has been the same. While niche, our little mag (approx. 65K) has seen increased subscriptions over the past three years. Probably because it’s niche.

  2. jelliott5011 says:

    And… you most likely offer value to those who subscribe to your magazine. Keep up the good work Donato!

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