I have, on occasion, subscribed to a number of magazines. Most have been because I was new to a hobby or cultivating a new interest. The most prominent of these were golf and photography magazines. More often, I would browse the magazines on the newsstand and purchase one that had an article of interest to me.
I was reading a photography magazine one time while visiting my parents back in the 70s. I was getting into photography and wanted to learn about techniques, lighting, framing subjects, and the "nuts and bolts" of the discipline. I tried to engage my father in a discussion about photography because I knew he had once had a strong interest in it, though he hadn't done much in many years. He said a strange thing to me. He told me magazines weren't of much use, that they were mostly big advertisements for products. Of course, like many of the things he told me, it took some time to sink in. But he was right.
Since then, I cannot look at a magazine in any way other than as some kind of advertising scheme. Well, except for news magazines and I have begun to wonder about them too.
A Night Unremembered
6 years ago