Tina Brown thinks magazines are lame. The Hindustan Times reports that during a festival in India, Brown was asked about the state of journalism, and the former Newsweek/Daily Beast editor admitted that she doesn’t read magazines anymore. “The habit has gone,” Brown explained, which is sort of a dramatic way of putting it.
Brown went on to say that the digital revolution is ruining pretty much everything. “The digital explosion has been so explosive, there isn’t a single place where the digital thing is a profit thing,” noted Brown. “The disruption hasn’t brought a business model.” While we agree that explosions are often explosive, we don’t agree that there’s no positives to digital journalism.
As if that wasn’t enough, Brown added that she doesn’t even read much nowadays. “I think you can have more satisfaction from live conversations,” she said. Why the dour outlook? Brown said news sites are too often blurring editorial with advertising. “Journalists have not been aggressive enough about fighting back; it’s a very, very pathetic moment in journalism.”
With that, Brown blew a handful of magic dust into the sky, laughed maniacally, and disappeared into thin air.