More troubles – or improvements? – at Out and The Advocate publisher LPI Media. Bob Cohen, who runs things over there, has just been let go in what looks like a dismissal ordered from the top. That, or PlanetOut Inc. savior Bill Gates ordered it. Jossip has the memo.
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It is clear that the choice not to put a nude Jack Jett on the cover has hurt this media conglomerate.
If Bill Gates would give me and my buddies at Queerty a few million, we could show him a gay rag that would move forward ten years by moving backwards ten.
The Advocate is clearly out of touch with the gay community that exists between NYC and LA.
You can’t write about our diverse lifestyle while sitting in a ivory tower. You have to be talking to the middle class guys, the Midwestern gals, who really don’t give a flying fuck if Marc Jacobs breaks up with his boyfriends. They want to learn how to build a gay community where one has never existed, and to gain acceptance with their neighbors they currently have.
Not every gay person wants to move to LA, SF, or NYC, yet it seems that every gay writer that lives in these cities wants to write about it.
Example, look at the cover of this OUT magazine.
Now imagine that you live in Tulsa Oklahoma, or
Colorado Springs, you are in your 40’s, living pay check to pay check and you want them to cough up 5 bucks for THIS??? WTF?
That is my 2 cents, which is one more than you wanted.
The Gay Lou Dobbs
I have to totally agree with Greg Poops… err, I mean Jack Jett, with this. There is an increase of drama/politics that comes from living in the LA/SF/NY/Miami square that most of us aren’t privy to, and don’t get…
There is a lot of commonality between big city homos, big homos in the city, and big homos not in the city. there are many (national) fights we should all be focused on and be united with. BUT Marc Jacob’s meth-addicted boyfriend is important too (i’m sure).
better connection with a wider audience means better circulation… and more circulation means bigger numbers. it’s not rocket science. Maybe that is the direction Big Bill is wanting things to go? (lord knows he can’t do it with Microsoft)
and the memo… who the hell is “karen” and why was she able to keep her job?? If you’re gonna clean house… CLEAN HOUSE.
Oh, Jack, you do sell yourself (and your opinions) short.
And I doubt you’re xenophobic enough to be a gay Lou Dobbs.
you guys make me feel sorry for LPI. It’s a company. They change their management. All companies do it. It doesn’t mean they’re going down the tubes. Or doing wonderfully. Just that there’s a change in management.
All of our supposedly national gay mags have all bought into crass commercialism and infotainment.
The Advocate is a weekly NATIONAL magazine. It should cover one or two states IN DEPTH every issue as well as an international feature. The little one paragraph blurbs on LGBTQ issues in our states weren’t enough and have since been dropped.
I live one subway stop outside of NYC in NJ and even the NYC big city mindset doesn’t apply to all LGBTQ people living in the NYC area.
Its all about pretty people selling and buying pretty things or pretty places to go to people who are made to feel less than pretty by these pretty people in adolescent ways.
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