What should magazines do online?

Stephen Baker

About a month ago I wrote about my growing stack of unread magazines. I've been whittling them down, and I've been enjoying it--much more than the time I spend on magazine sites online. I see them as two different experiences. The online sites are for finding news, responding to it, and--on good sites--building communities. Magazines, for the most part, are for reading. That's one of the reasons I'm enjoying them so much: I like to read. I'd been spending so much time Web-grazing and writing and commenting that I'd forgotten that.

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