Fwd: Punk Planet is no more

Posted by ryan griffis | Tue Jun 19th 2007 2:07 p.m.

just got this very sad news from the Chicago-based publication that's
been a great read for 13 years.

Begin forwarded message:
>
> --
> Dear Friends,
>
> As much as it breaks our hearts to write these words, the final
> issue of Punk Planet is in the post, possibly heading toward you
> right now. Over the last 80 issues and 13 years, we've covered
> every aspect of the financially independent, emotionally
> autonomous, free culture we refer to as "the underground." In that
> time we've sounded many alarms: about threats of co-optation, big-
> media emulation, and unseen corporate sponsorship. We've also done
> everything in our power to create a support network for independent
> media, experiment with revenue streams, and correct the
> distribution issues that have increasingly plagued independent
> magazines. But now, finally, we've come to the impossible decision
> to stop printing, having sounded all the alarms and reenvisioned
> all the systems we can. Benefit shows are no longer enough to make
> up for bad distribution deals, disappearing advertisers, and a
> decreasing audience of subscribers.
>
> As to the latter two points, we could blame the Internet. It makes
> content
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