Virgina Postrel has an interesting post regarding the role of magazines in a digital media age. She refers to another article written by Warren Ellis, who asks, “If your concept of a magazine is something designed in one-page bursts, or three pages that only carry 500 words due to the mass of images, then, really, youâ€™re not doing anything the web canâ€™t do better, are you?”
Virginia argues that medium-sized articles often get chopped to bits, or blown out or proportion to a book. Magazines are still the venue for those who want to consider serious ideas. She writes, “I’ve often said that if I were still editing Reason, I’d redesign the magazine to put all the short stuff on the Web and just run long features in print.” Interesting idea.