Earlier this year we looked at how small culture-based magazines like Theme seemed to be thriving while established magazines and newspapers were struggling to maintain readership levels. ...From Journal (a soft spoken chance find picked up at a bodega in the East Village) to Good (a sharp, fast-rising noble effort by a trust fund kid), to Color (doing for Skate culture what Wax Poetics does for music), to Metropolis (big, bold, beautiful manmade objects), and numerous others titles I devour, I’ve been inspired on each recent trip to the newsstand and mailbox.

Earlier this year we looked at how small culture-based magazines like Theme seemed to be thriving while established magazines and newspapers were struggling to maintain readership levels. A recent article in Urb Magazine by Raymond Roker picks up on this theme and wonders why everyone says that print is dead.

I really love magazines. I mean I know the industry is hurting right now. Hell, URB surely isn’t immune to the bruising. Advertising revenues for 99% of the magazines out there have declined (some, dramatically) and newsstand sales have dropped too. This year alone saw FHM, Stuff, Scratch, and a bunch of others you’ve never heard of, all shut down. Web 2.0 is the new, new media, and people are spending more time with texting than reading text…

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