My three month subscription to People Magazine started off promising. In the past, I bought it as a splurge at the airport or when there was a special collector’s edition. However once I started subscribing my opinion of the magazine only went downhill. Between three sentence book reviews and fluff pieces about presidential candidates, I came to the realization that there’s really not a place for weekly tabloids in the market. Except, that is, to serve as a place for celebrities to sell their baby photos or for reality stars to make a quick buck.
As much as I don’t care for tabloids or weekly celebrity magazines, I love celebrity gossip sites like Perez Hilton. It’s unfathomable (and stupid) that something important would happen and then I would wait a full week to read about it in a magazine when I can find it online in five minutes or less? I’ll cut tabloid magazines some slack when it comes to technology, because, let’s just face it, they will never be faster than a web search.
What I hate most about weekly magazines like People is that as a reader I feel like I’m being bought and sold to the highest paying celebrity. Surely when they pay Brad and Angelina millions of dollar to print photos of their children, they are banking on the fact that readers will come out in droves to purchase the issue. It’s that aspect that’s slimy. And, let’s be honest, I can just wait until someone scans the photos online where I can see them for free.
I thought subscribing to People would be exciting, but after the glow wore off, I hated even seeing it in my mailbox. Flipping through the same Star Tracks I saw online five days earlier. Reading stories I heard about weeks ago. And I just have to ask: What’s the point?