a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Your point is well taken. As zinesters, we have a real commitment to the published word. It seems counter intuitive for a zine to provide a digital over a physical address. However -- on the most practical level -- I look back on the many address and PO boxes I have had over the years. I can think of at a dozen as I type this. Also, I have found old zines with dead addresses printed in them. It just seems that an email address is better way to go.
Oh and NO, I don't think its a good idea to publish your actual home address (ever). I did it back in the day, but that was a simpler time. (grin) yeah, I'm old.
I will put a physical address on the zine once I get a P.O. Box. With the internet being what it is, anyone can find your home address in about 90 seconds (if it even takes that long!), but I'd still rather not put it out there.
I just flipped through a phone book, the kind that have been distributed free to every doorstep for ages. The residential section has hundreds of thousands of names, all with their home address in them.
I bought a bunch of old comics last summer. One was a Dennis the Menace, ca 1960. It had a pen pal club for kids and it listed their age and home address to write to. They were in about the 9 to 12 range, give or take.
This last Sunday I was on a run on the Centennial Trail in Spokane. A man with a rock tied to a string was attacking people. Apparently he was psychotic. There are dangers everywhere. What's the use in hiding in our holes?
Soon, I'm going to put out some ads and use my home address. I'm a mail junkie and I want to get some mail on my front porch, in addition to the POB and PMB I have.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not nagging, begging or chiding people to print their home address, but I honestly question how dangerous it is. Erwin S. Strauss, for one, publishes his home address and a number of other zinesters do as well. I've never heard of the ever-feared scenario of the psycho zine reader from hell showing up on a zinester's doorstep. Yes, it could happen. Maybe it has. But put in context, is it any more dangerous than anything else we do in daily life?
Unless it sounds very, very intriguing and like it has a lot of potential, I refuse to "PM" a zinester for their address.
It's not a matter of blindly hating the Net, it's just a matter of wanting to chip away at how it spreads and takes everything over. A couple days ago I called a pizza place to phone in an order. They wouldn't take it. No. I had to order it on-line, by filling out a form. This is a complete first for me. The simple and convenient act of ordering at a restaurant by phone, talking to a real person, became unavailable. It was too "yesterday". I want to try to resist this ridiculous level of techno-trendy narrowness.
Here's a discussion I had on another forum that's somewhat germane to this question:
"I've never heard of the ever-feared scenario of the psycho zine reader from hell showing up on a zinester's doorstep. Yes, it could happen. Maybe it has."
There was an instance of a zinester being assaulted by a prisoner she had been in contact with, who was later released and assaulted her. It has happened. I think it's really dismissive to say, "Hey, why not send predators directly to your door? No big deal, cuz you could die in a car accident anyway." I feel like maybe you have never been a woman? ::she gently puts it::
EDIT: The more I think about this, the fact you are putting "the papernet" above personal safety, the more I am just like, "are you effing kidding me?!" James, I respect you, but this is just one way too far. The typical woman does not want her home address published in a general venue. Please just believe me on this. This is a true statement well prior to any threat of the internet. There used to not be many choices for this kind of safety issue (PO Box or bust!). Now there are other options. Please respect people's choices to use them, for whatever reason. Hey, if you aren't willing to PM someone for their physical address, I respect that, too.