If newspapers and magazines want a reason as to why their readership is dropping they need only look at this photo of Beyonce on the cover of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. What’s so odd about it you ask? Well for starters, those of you who visit regularly know that you have already seen the cover photo and most likely the images inside the magazine as well. Myself and many other urban (that means Black y’all) bloggers posted this entire Tony Duran photo shoot about two weeks ago. Half the battle to getting people to buy your magazine is the cover.
Interviews rarely reveal anything we don’t already know about most celebrities, so the covers are really what act as the motivator for people to buy magazines these days.
However, the popularity of the internet and the availability of information is making the need to buy magazines almost obsolete. Why buy this magazine when you have already seen the cover, the inside shoot and read most of the interview online?
The internet has almost made things less fun. Remember back in the day when you used to get your magazine in the mail and be excited about who was on the cover? Now, by the time you get your copy you have already seen who is on the cover and read what they had to say.
Yeah, it’s great having information at your fingertips the minute it becomes available- but it still kinda takes the fun out of certain things.