a place for zinesters - writers and readers
idk... personally i feel weird whenever i say/type "zinester". i sounds so... idk, juvinile maybe? to me it feels like it lacks seriusness... but hey that's just what i think... but what else can we call it?
craven makes valid points. there can be an assumption that the zine community has become homogenized, and i can see that to a point especially regarding some discussions previous on here that some more opinionated zine makers have particular standards on what is and not acceptable in zine making. i belive cocoapuss as well as myself openly questioned these 'standards' before just to be attacked. i am not a vegan, or vegitarian or feminist or anything, these things have nothing to do for my condition or speak nothing as to who i am as a man, a person, a chicano, a poet, etc...and sometimes it feels that we are being force fed other peoples lifestyle and politics which i dont do with my zines and frankly a large percentage of zine makers subscribe to these ideals and in turn i can see how someone can mistake all of us for doing this.
but is this argument simply semantics?
I'm not fond of the term. I think because it somehow implies a kind of elite we have arrived and are the only real zine makers kind of thing.
In thinking about why I don't like it, the following thought came to mind. What if the ster were applied to all group type groups to signify their legitimacy, sort of the stamp of authenticity... Bankers would be banksters. CEO's would be ceosters. Doctors would be doctsters. Judges would be judgesters. Preachers would be preachsters. How about teachsters, or lawsters, or studsters. The list becomes rather long. It makes me wonder how many people would take any of them seriously if that's what people started refering to them as. I tend to think those things would be seen as a joke rather than what they are. I could be wrong here, but at least for me, adding ster to the end of zine sort of has the same effect for me.
"A writer who would be writing whether or not there are zines. The term zinester is one that started being prominent when the D.I.Y/radical dirty kids appropriated the zine in the mid-nineties when most independant writers went online. That was the same time that zines started to tank in quality because instead of being used as an available medium for anyone, it was fetishized for it's archaic quality by a certain scene who then started pushing zines about the same shit like making out and riding bikes and polyamoury."
Personally I find this really really offensive. not just on a personal level, but offensive to the whole history of zines. Zines were created to so that people who didn't have the means to otherwise be published could be heard. Right from the uber nerdy sci-fi writers to the dada-ists to soldiers in the Vietnam War.
Yeah they were used by 'writers', but it was mainly cos no one else would publish them or they wanted to create their own space to publish their work. And also so that they could right about what ever the hell they fancied, be it cycling, socialism, polamory or civil rights.
I think that you are completely wrong to assume that most zines are about making out on rooftops, there are hundreds of zines about political and social issues, and I also think there are great zines about people's personal experiences with issues such as environmentalism (cycling) and sexuality (polamory) and it's very short sighted of you to assume that these are just worthless pieces of paper produced in a fad.
Then don't write zines. Go write a blog. Or a book. No one is twisting your arm to create a zine.
Then you won't be a zinester and you can stop whining about something so absolutely absurd.