a place for zinesters - writers and readers
After a few years of using the word, I'm ready to weigh in: I don't like the term "zinester." I thought it would grow on me, but it hasn't. It sounds like a Teamster who produces a zine about Jimmy Hoffa conspiracy theories. But I use it all the time, because that's the word and there's no equivalent-length alternative. I think if I were talking to a non-zine audience, I would go with "zine writer." On WMZ and in other conversations, I think "zinester" is fine. At least it's not obzine (sorry).
I think its a lame term,but unfortunately one that fits most zine people.Other terms that fit,like "Overpriveledged""Worthless""Self righteous"and "Inconsequential" are also annoyingly apt.
I think the term, zinester is great for everyone under 17 years old. I don't know of any adults that want to be a ster of anything. I don't even like the word, zine. I never tell people that what I make is a zine. I just call them my books, or my little books, my little art books, etc. People immediately understand what I am talking about. I find no need to call something a zine since I then have to go into a lengthy description of a term that I find pretty stupid anyway just like the label, zinester. I think if I had a large group of group of close friends that all made...ahem...little books and I wanted all of us to go out for a beer I might put the word out and say: "hey, all of us zinesters are going out for a beer" and I wouldn't have a problem using the label that way but for someone that I didn't know and barely knew me to call me a zinester is something that I would honestly find offensive.
i'm fine with the word "zinester." it may sound as ridiculous as "bookster," but it's not that different from "author." i'm a zinester who isn't really part of a (real life) "zine scene/community," but what else could i go by? "pamphleteer" sounds like it's for religion or politics. "zine writer" sounds fine.
i understand what Craven Rock is saying, though. i had similar feelings about joining my high school Pinoy group. in my zine i wrote, "I had contradictory feelings about it: I wanted validation through identification with other Filipinos, but at the same time refused to be lumped in with them just because we had race in common." i wanted to do my own explorations of the culture without having to associate with that high school crowd, who i didn't like for other reasons. i guess it's up to us to redefine what zinester/Filipino means.
i like the term, personally. i like everything that zines and zine communities are about. also, i find the history of zines pretty interesting and think that if you call them something else, they become something else, without that history and without that open community there. i don't necessarily like the sound of the term? or the aesthetic of it. but i like the word for what it means.