Why Magazines Are Good To Read

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My students argue with me on this one – and sometimes I lose.  They inform me that anything in a magazine can almost always be found, in one form or another, on the internet.

I ask my business students who the Secretary of the Treasury, or who is Paul Volker, John Paulson, Friedrich Hayek, or what is the national debt and current annual deficit.

I virtually read every subject and academic discipline, there are numerous magazines and academic journals.  Subscribe!  Spend some real time with them at your local library.  (For the really serious stuff, wander around in the magazine stacks at a college library.)

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You may spend up to $100,000, perhaps far more, on your college degree.  Does it not make sense to keep up with the current news and thought in your field by seeing what is happening in the current periodicals?

I can’t argue with those who say that digital is in the process of replacing print, but to not be reading the leading publications, including print, after spending four or more years studying some discipline, cannot be a good thing.

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Also, in support of magazines:

A)  When you pay for something, you tend to treat it with more respect.  A magazine that you paid for is less likely to be discarded than one website among millions in which you have nothing invested.

B)  When I observe high school students on the internet in our school library – when they are not playing video games, watching YouTube videos, or shopping – they flit from site to site and page to page with the attention span of a gnat.  When they don’t get immediate results, it’s on to the next page, and the margin of every page is filled with more exciting places to go.

The “in-depth” sites are not the ones where students are normally spending time.

It also seems that discussion or comment sties are regularly filled with snarky, profane, and single line replies; hardly the substance of serious dialogue.

– Roger Shaffer

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