a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Zine this,zine that. There's no real content to just being a fucking cheerleader.Zine community,blah blah blah.Theres more to good writing and art than just being positive.You should probably have something to say before you open your mouth and start espousing opinions on what people should buy, or who they can like.It sounds like most zines exist in a vacuum-no fresh air comes in,and everything is sucked out.Whats left is pure hobby-its there for the enjoyment of the producer.This is obvious when you realize the lack of direction than drips from every under done page.Its all opinion,but no real substance. There's criticism,but no alternatives offered that are worthwhile.This stream of bullshit is endless:it stretches for miles and miles.A veritable sea of mediocrity,directionless,unflinching in its self assured conviction,yet completely off the mark."This is bad,that's good",squawk zine parrots,peddling non existent influence through power hungry weaklings and self appointed kings of nothing.You know, I'm not really trying to put down amatuer's for releasing their crappy zines that suck. I think it's sad when I see a zine that looks like it took half a day to make. What I think sucks though is people basically trying to censor and bad mouth other peoples efforts- basically, labeling shit they hate in an effort to shut it out. When I see people vehemently banning and boycotting and just hating zines because of what they perceive to be sexist or racist content,it makes me sick.They're twisting around peoples efforts, and exxagerating things, writing intent into subject matter that isnt there.The worst thing about it is,they're just picking the weak link and attacking it.If they had any courage to their conviction, they would go yell that shit at football teams or cops. Instead,out of convenience and competitiveness, they attack people within the scene-people that we should be making bonds with.If friendship existed, and an exchange of ideas, it would put a human face on the problems facing the zine community and people in general.Instead, it's a battle no one can win. We should be uniting against right wing oppression-anti gay laws, racism,drug abuse,domestic abuse. Instead theres a wall of finger pointing and hatred and snarkiness that garauntees these problems will ruin us,and take zines with them,instead of improving anything.