I've gone on about this a little here and there in WMZ, so maybe there's not much point in rehashing it, but maybe it's worthwhile to approach it from another angle. I imagine I may step on some toes and get myself into trouble.
When reviewing zines, I sometimes got a few that didn't have any postal addresses for people to contact. At least one even seemed to discourage postal contact. The idea behind doing their zine was just to promote their web activity. That left me cold...and I'm getting colder still, the more I see of the new "zinedom".
How many of you refuse or refrain from publishing a physical address FOR OR IN your zine, either on the Internet or Papernet?
How many of you refuse to send your zine to Zine World because you don't want to have a physical address published?
If you don't mind having it published in Zine World or the papernet, then why are you concerned about publishing it on the Internet?
Does it concern you that when you make your zine available only to people with Internet access, you may be discluding people who cannot or choose not to access the Net?
I can see including Net addresses, but not Net addresses ONLY.
It seems that "zinedom" in it's present evolution (or devolution, depending on your perspective), is gradually becoming less and less friendly to the papernet AND PAPERNETTERS.
I remember the old Factsheet 5 and how awesome it was. This whole "web-centered" zinedom is such a far, sad cry from that. The old FS5 had the feel of an old basement flea market. The new webocentric "zine scene" has the feel of a suburban mall.
I'm seriously considering seceding from it. But would I just be cutting my hand off?
Something to ponder.