Since the 1800s to the early 2000s – magazines were not just printed books you found lying around in a doctor’s office. They were the backbone of pop culture and one of the most powerful tools of media consumption. Once everything became digital and the transition towards the Internet began, magazines and all things print were left forgotten.

 

Will we ever see the rise of print again? Highly unlikely. We are glued to our phones. The closest thing we have to magazine culture is Instagram. The magazine empire held onto a long history of selling the ideal lifestyle. Magazines were the equivalent to the bible for middle-class readers, indoctrinating a patriarchal idea of what to think and how to think. The industry controlled what you wore by telling you what was in or out, who to listen to, and the only source of journalism at the time.

 

Although fake news exists within the dark webs of the internet, consumers are much smarter now with resources and tools to fact-check at their disposal. Whatever comes next for the post-journalism and post-internet era, readers will evolve.

 

What do you think will be next?

Article source: Alexandra Kitty