I know the Print VS. Web thing is tired/irrelevant and each aspect has it’s own legs to stand on, but you have worked in both fields. Do you have any new insights or new found respects on either of those?
I am a product of a magazine generation, and I respect magazines enormously, but I question their future relevancy, as any pragmatist would. Currently, I only subscribe to and read one magazine consistently (The New Yorker) and it’s weekly. I think that’s my single favorite source of reading week to week for over 15 years now. I’ve never read it online, or looked at the magazine on a tablet-type device, because I still like its disposability factor. If I drop it, or spill something on it, or let it get crushed in my Ryan Nyquist signature Ogio backpack, it’s $6 to replace, and another one will be in my hands in seven days. Once Kindles, and iPads get cheaper, I think that will change, but old habits are dying hard right now. As for the print vs Web argument, I think it’s worth noting that from the invention of the printing press, in the 15th century, up to the 1990s, information was pre-packaged, filtered by an editor and given to people in pre-determined, timely amounts. Over the past 15 years, that has changed. The 500-year-old tradition of receiving information in news “bursts” now competes with constant, unfiltered and unedited information, and that has obviously caused a sea change in everything we do, from our brain chemistry to our language to relationships. This should be the obvious shit we’re thinking about when we’re talking print vs. Web, because it has caused a huge shift in human behavior, but it often gets overshadowed by competing egos in conversation. I don’t necessarily think the print vs. Web argument is worth pursuing anymore. We’re living in the middle of the biggest shift in information exchange since the dawn of humanity, and that’s what baffles me.
And I know I’m getting completely off topic now, but in the all the time I worked at a magazine, the only way I knew if people liked my work is if I got a personal e-mail, or letter, or if someone straight walked up to me and said, “Hey, I liked so and so in issue 50.” Now, I have real data to tell me what people want, and how to better serve our audience, and that’s pretty cool.
Speaking of insight, tell us a little about your personal site.
Not much to tell really. I just post random writings from my life when I feel like it. I try to keep it as BMX-free as possible since the bulk of my time online is devoted to that.
How did the name ASSBLASTERS come about?
I got drunk one night by myself, and wrote on a dry erase white board, “Do not go to assblasters.com” because it made me laugh. Jamie Mcparland saw that on my white board while visiting, then bought the .org version for me a week later. That was like seven years ago now…
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