This week, many of us heard the news that Newsweek would end publication in print at the end of the year, and move to an all-digital format. Many also weren't surprised, seeing how the venerable news magazine shed pages in recent years, and experienced what many felt was a dramatic decline in quality after a recent change in ownership.
Compared to 10 or 15 years ago, magazines in the United States seem to be getting worse. They're thinner, and it seems like the articles they contain are far less substantial. The Internet is often blamed, but I don't think it can account for the decline in editorial quality that I've seen in publications like Car and Driver, Newsweek, and Time, among others. The excellent investigative journalism and interviews that once graced the pages of Playboy and Penthouse are a thing of the past, making the paper softcore magazines pointless. As your teenage son could tell you, there's no shortage of high-quality nude photography online, much of it free.
So, in the twilight years of the magazine, what magazines are still worth reading on a regular basis? Why?