Object two

My second ‘object’ was an article from the New York Times. The columnist uncovers their hobby of collecting ‘Zines’.

A ‘Zine’ is is ‘shortened from “Fanzene” according to the Oxford Dictionary’ and became popular in the 1930s as miniature magazines made by hands in small quantities. This in itself makes each Zine precious and unique. In its infancy, there was a wide variety of Zines from food to comics. However, in the 1960s, Zines became more socio-political and then by the 1970s more punk.

As mass production of magazines and then the development of the internet, Zines have been somewhat ignored in society with the replacement of tweets, blogging and vlogging. However, now it is in resurgence; Zines are being read as a respite from the constant flow of tweets. However now, the digital era has meant that Zines can be read online so it is unknown just how many are in circulation, whereas before a handmade collection meant that there was only ever that number available. I ask myself whether this spoils the idea of Zines? The article mentions how a handmade Zine is something to ‘hold and treasure’ as something tangible and long living as opposed to a fleeting tweet or a blog post that will disappear into cyberspace. 

In 2011 it is a rare pleasure to hold up a bunch of pieces of paper that are bound

The digital age has meant that the controlling art and publications has become very difficult, yet, in the case of Zines and printing. Who you sell them to is in your hands. 

Reading this article made me think of two important questions:

Has the digital age taken away the importance of a piece of work making it a sweeping statement as opposed to something requiring more attention?

Do you think with the development of the online library, books and magazines will become a rarity in our society?

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