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Want to have some fun?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by Steve, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Go to a good bookstore, Borders or Barnes & Noble will do, a large one in a big metro area will suffice, also.

    Head to the magazine rack and go to the section where all the science and technology magazines are located, things like Popular Science, Scientific American, etc.

    Now, squat down and look way toward the back of the racks. You'll see any number of relatively thin magazines published normally on matte or flat stock. No shiny covers with expensive graphics, here!

    OK, now some of these are legitimate, special-interest magazines with a limited audience, typically quarterly publications.

    Some others, though, well, let's just say they look legit, but they aren't.

    Now, the fun comes from picking two or three at random or just because the article titles on the front look interesting. Start reading. See how long it takes you to decide whether it is a balanced, special-interest science periodical.....or a totally loony, fringe publication chock full of pseudo-science written by people who should have "shed their containers" when Hale-Bopp made its rounds.

    After you've made up your mind which are the loony mags, check out the masthead. It's that part you rarely look at that gives the names of the publisher, editors, contributors, and board members. You will be surprised, or perhaps not, at some of the names you see.

    Really, do this! It's fun!

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