Zines are one of the few opportunities given to each individual to express their own opinions about any subject that they would like to discuss. A source that would be somewhat marked as a zine would be ‘Wikipedia’. Wikipedia is a public site that allows anyone with any knowledge to write, edit and/or discuss a particular subject that they specialize in. Not only is Wikipedia a place for sharing but so are other websites such as, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc. We are all given the permission to write, speak, or listen to whatever we are to choose and nowadays, as Meikle and Young say, ” For many people, the media are no longer just what they watch, listen to or read – the media are now what people do.” It’s a sad time when almost everything about us can be found by a simple Google search engine or even, Facebook. Nothing that we “publish” online can be rightfully ours since it could be on another person’s website….
Today we discussed alternative print and digital media, including alternative news media, blogs and zines. If you are interested in seeing more zines, you should visit the New York Art Book Fair, which takes place this Thursday through Sunday at MoMA PS1 in Queens. It is free and open to the public, and is “the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines,” according to its website.
Slides from today are available here.
For Monday 9/23 please read the following:
Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post.
The class visit to the Brooklyn College Library zine collection is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm. Please let me know if you plan to attend by Wednesday, September 25! Remember, you are always welcome to visit on your own.
Zines are self published booklets or magazines. It give the author the power and freedom to write about anything, to express his views to the general public. To me zines would be like a paper copy of the online blog. Its discouraging to know that i cant walk into a book store and purchase a zine but yet they carry books of authors with different views of the same subject.
Even though there are laws against monopoly, there seems that in certain industries its still exist. As Thomas Eland states, that there is no room for start up companies in computer, automobile industries…etc..etc..
The idea of making zines seems to cling on to a child’s mind as it can require most of the time, artistic work. Zines are something more than small little “magazines.” Zines are made and published for a small population, usually towards a specific group of people. There are zines for many genres, from poems to music. Zines are cheap to produce and usually are easy to distribute and catch the attention of the audience. Zines can contain information and pictures, mostly anything that will inform or attract that specific audience. I am convinced that people who make zines love their work because they dedicate their own time and money into the piece of literature or art.
Zines used to be a strictly underground culture phenomenon, but with an estimated 20,000 zines in existence it is now a significant part of the American cultural landscape. The word “zine” comes from the Arabian word “makhazin”—the plural of “makhzan,” meaning storehouse. Also zines are self-published prints by one or more people which can contain a massive amount of information and creativity based on the topic the person or people chose to talk or print about. According to the text “A zine is produced for purer, personal reasons—the only demand it supplies comes from the creator’s imagination and not the marketplace”. My question is what kind of personal material would people put into zines? Why would that specific material be important enough to share it with the community?
Media has the ability to spread a message globally at an incredible speed. Even in outer space a message is sent to communicate knowledge of exsistence. With this acceleration of delivering media comes a high price. The cost not only has a high monetary expense, but also a cost of media control. The fact is that media is dominated by giant corporations and drown out the voice of people with less finances. The scale is tilted giving small communities or individuals less voice in spreading new ideas. This has caused underground zine readings to act as an output for groups or people with opinions. This alternative media has allowed new thoughts to be spread without being edited. Small publications have been published for many years, eventually leading to being called zines. Self published readings carry personal ideas, rebelling against mainstream media. Giving people power to speaking their voice.
A lot of people who doesn’t read nothing about “Zines”,will ask themselves,What is that? Word “Zine” comes from Arabian word “makhzan,” which means storehouse. Zine is a small non-commercial magazine,mostly photocopied ,that is published by one person or a few individuals.Usually zine publishers write about their own interests and its oriented to a very small group of people that have same interests.For example: punk,rock music.Most zines have not so many copies, about hundred or two hundred.The main thing about zines is that their are underground publications and its very hard to find them, they are not available in every store.Mostly zine publishers ,work on their magazines to realize themselves and to share what they are created.And finally,the best thing about zines: There is no rules! You can write there whatever you want its your own choice!
Zine comes from its original term called fanzine, generally published by fans of science fiction. According to Zine World, a zine is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. A zine can be in relation to whatever the creator wants it to be about. Zine’s have their own meaning. It’s like a blog where you can write down your own personal ideas/thoughts. Zines are useful for people who want to express themselves. Creating a zine is ideal for people who are creative. In Elands reading, he criticizes that we are a global institution and we depend on the information which we were educated on. We listen to people who have higher authority instead of having our own ideas. He believes this is the way we see reality based upon what institutions are teaching.
Today we discussed non-text media in its many forms and formats. We spent a good deal of time discussing “content, computing, and communications” (from Meikle & Young): how our use of digital media in networked environments is now interactive, yet we have given up some control of our use of these media. We used iTunes as an example several times. If you are curious about Apple’s approach to selling and distributing music and other media should read Steve Jobs Thoughts on Music, written in 2007. Slides from today are available here.
On Wednesday, we discuss alternative print media, both analog and digital. Please read the following three pieces: Wright, The History and Characteristics of Zines (part I only) ; Eland, “Critical Thinking, Deviant Knowledge, and the Alternative Press,” and Zine World, Zines 101 – A Quick Guide to Zines. Your blogging assignment is one reading response blog post.
Tina, Hafsa, and Harold are discussion facilitators.
We’re still on for a visit to the Brooklyn College Library’s zine collection on Saturday, September 28 at 2 pm. I’ll collect RSVPs on Wednesday, and I’ll need a final count of participants by Wednesday, 9/25.