Vice Vice Baby

Vice Magazine.

 

The first time I had heard about this publication, I was in high school. It sounded like another “Time Magazine” or “Variety Magazine“– and I ignored it for a while. However, in recent months, I use it to read my news. 

 

What’s really unique about Vice is their approach in the news. They take cultural/social/political issues and incorporate the work of columnists, photographers, cartoonists, fiction writers, and journalists into their work. 

 

I chose to blog about VICE because it’s the kind of writing I’d hope to be involved in if I go forth with print journalism/online print journalism. It attracts a younger audience with insightful, fun approaches to serious and hard-hitting events occurring world wide.

 ImageImageImage

 

[Controversial magazine covers Vice has published  in the past]

Their use of social media is smart– they’re minimal, creative, and strictly professional online– there aren’t any annoying ads or boring headlines– in fact, here are some great examples of their headlines:

 

Everyone Sucks 

 

I Was a Drug Dealer’s Delivery Service Guy 

 

Meet the Guy Who Shot Porn on the Westboro Baptist Church’s Lawn

 

This Week in Racism

 

Turkey Really Doesn’t Want Gay People to Have Sex 

 

 

Reading these headlines is initiative enough to click on the link or read below the headline– compared to news outlets like the NY Times, VICE takes similar, if not, the same newsworthy stories, but they make catchy headlines, and have interesting people write their stories.

 

Does this mean ANYONE should be able to write a column or an OP/ED piece on Russia’s Anti-Gay fiasco? No. But it means that having a graphic artist work collaboratively with a columnist could produce an enticing story– attracting a younger audience and to interest a demographic that would otherwise be scrolling through twitter, reading irrelevant, substance-less tweets. 

 

In general, I do think that people want to read opinionated pieces. They might not think they enjoy it, but people like having something to criticize, and VICE magazine gives their readership just that– controversial takes on controversial issues with great art, insight, and graphics. 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s