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http://www.punkenergy.tk Is there any value at all in a zine? I am really curious about this because all of the sudden many people took the opinion that zine...
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I get what you mean... a lot of money and time goes into it, and being told you shouldn't expect anything back is pretty ridiculous. I think people will always want to read alternative ideas and opinions, I guess? Maybe these days it's too easy to access free things, like writing and art and music online that asking for anything back seems weird to some people. I dunno, I get what you are saying though and it is hard to realize you just spent like $40 on making copies and you got back maybe half of that. But I do think zines are worth our time. I think the last couple zine fairs I went to people were marking them up to 4 or 5 bucks so I know they don't think they're worthless!
I give all of my zines away for free and don't mind not making a profit. The time I spend making zines is theraputic and creative and I see that as well spent. Also my goal is to raise awareness about important issues I see happening around me and I want other people to hear and see about them too. Many things are not shown in the main stream media in America. It is liberating to create your own media for the world to view. (:
Hahaha, "communist hobby center"! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You're right, zine-making and distribution are a set of skills. I would make money off my zine if I could. I don't think that's a dirty idea at all. As the situation is (zines are definitely devalued outside of zining for some reason), I give my zine away a lot so I can share my writing with as many people as possible. And I do enjoy the gift economy of zine trading.
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