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March 29, 2001 8:30 PM   Subscribe

Only one navel left to gaze at? Rumors are flying—Brill's Content and Powerful Media may just be announcing a merger soon ...
posted by maura (13 comments total)

 
The thing that surprises me is that I love both these magazines, and they've both been so credible that I'm not worried about there being a loss of credibility if they merged.

Until they're bought by one of the huge megaglomerates.
posted by anildash at 9:22 PM on March 29, 2001


I was just about to post this. I'm rather disturbed. Inside.com is good, but Inside the magazine rocks, as does Brill's Content. The thought of them being meshed together into some halfhearted combination magazine makes me very depressed. That it's going to be squished into Media Central, which has already been decimated itself at leas once, isn't very comforting.

And if they get rid of Sydney Flacco again, I'm going to be really pissed.
posted by aaron at 9:23 PM on March 29, 2001



no! no!! nooo.


i heart my brill's.
posted by sugarfish at 11:48 PM on March 29, 2001


I did like Brill's, or the idea of Brills, but they started revealing that a parent media company had shares in some competiting product - spook! Big deal. Now if a politician did it what would you call that? muckracking? - if Microsoft's press did it you'd get an accurate insulting term.. FUDDY FUD FUD FUD. They don't prove the article was wrong, or offer any proof (say leaked memos ordering a negative review) -- they just raise fear, uncertainty, which is just as mindlessly manipulating as guys they're after each issue.

One can speak generally about media conglomerates and corrupt journalists - i'm sure it happens every day - but when naming names one needs something more than baseless skepicism.
posted by holloway at 3:38 AM on March 30, 2001


uh. holloway. here's your doubt.
posted by dhartung at 8:47 AM on March 30, 2001


It isn't going to be a merger, exactly. They were both bought by Rupert Murdoch.
posted by jfuller at 11:02 AM on March 30, 2001


dhartung: Now it is for the ages.
posted by holloway at 2:09 PM on March 30, 2001


Aaron, why do you trust these media jackals more than any others?
posted by luke at 2:14 PM on March 30, 2001


It's official. Brill's Content and Inside are now "Inside Content". I loved both mags seperately, hopefully they'll be just as good combined.
posted by owillis at 1:52 PM on April 2, 2001


Sorry, but at least Brill's Content is too glossy to have any credibility. Also, what's the ego-deal with the owner's name being in the title? Even Murdoch doesn't do that! For media analysis, I prefer Matt Haughey's Metafilter.com Also, anyone listen to WNYC's On the Media?
posted by ParisParamus at 2:04 PM on April 2, 2001


Aaron, why do you trust these media jackals more than any others?

'Cause I am one. I can filter out any political BS they might print while still getting my fix. Besides, Inside wasn't about journalism, it was just about commercial media. And I'm a card-carrying media junkie. Brill's Content was journalism-focused, but it was the only publication out there able that questioned the media without doing it in that annoying ivory-tower navel-gazing way so long practiced by CJR and AJR.

Also, what's the ego-deal with the owner's name being in the title?

Trademark issues. He was just going to call it Content, but right before launch they discovered there was already a magazine out there by that name.

I like On the Media, though it tilts more often than it ought to.
posted by aaron at 3:24 PM on April 2, 2001



Aaron, that still doesn't explain why Brill has his name in the title. I think he's not to be trusted.
posted by ParisParamus at 9:28 PM on April 2, 2001


> Aaron, that still doesn't explain why Brill has his name
> in the title.

Exactly. He could have avoided both trademark infringement and giving that unattractive media-infatuated-with-itself impression by calling it, oh, Lobster Pot Content. But nooooooo...
posted by jfuller at 11:28 AM on April 3, 2001


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