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Old 15-05-2009, 13:46   #16
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I have found the publications I get with my Boat US membership to be better than most of the magazines though my second choice is Sail.
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Old 15-05-2009, 14:03   #17
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Well, you may think there will always be someone giving away the content you want, but I assure you that in the wake of the destruction of well-established information providers (think newspapers), and their replacement by some un-vetted blogger with questionable credentials, you will rue the day.

Just as we are what we eat, we are also what we read. And, as has long been noted in the computer world - GIGO.* There are people who willingly pollute their bodies with Cheetos; why pollute your mind with the informational equivalent?

* garbage in, garbage out.

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I think you talk in absolutes. This is this and that is that. The human condition does not always work that way. The soul needs to experience good and bad in order to know. I'm assuming you're a Taoist and know this. So to know garbage and then something different is experiential not garbage out.
I'm sure we could turn this into another philosophical discussion but the question was "What rag to read". Unfortunately it has gone a little sideways. I apologize for my participation in that.
I respect your views and always have. Keep up the good work...
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Old 15-05-2009, 14:14   #18
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. . . but the question was "What rag to read". Unfortunately it has gone a little sideways.
I agree, Celestialsailor - back to what mags to read, and I agree with this earlier, astute, poster.
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LOL!

I was surprised to see how many responses this got in under 24 hours, and it is a pleasure to see some discussions taking place... SO as for the "what rags to read" question I currently have a free copy of "Cruising World" & "Good Old Boat" (thanks for the link GordMay!) on the way and will likely see what other ones I can get a free copy of.

If ya'll would like; I can report back with a BRIEF synopsis of how I felt about each one & let you know which one I go with (since I am definitely limited in time, skipmac).

Happy Sails 'till then,
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If ya'll would like; I can report back with a BRIEF synopsis of how I felt about each one & let you know which one I go with (since I am definitely limited in time, skipmac).

Happy Sails 'till then,
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Please do.
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I liked Practical Sailor because it was content rich and made an attempt to evaluate products we use. And of course it had no advertising and no glossy pics.

As far as information is concerned, You can google a product and then get the MFGs web page, their catelog, various retailers, reviews and so on. I much prefer this to advertising in print media. Web sites are also "marketing" but they do make an attempt to stick to the specs, which is something ads are usually silent on.

We're sick of ads because we have been advertised to death. Long live the remote because we click when the ads come on.

The other aspect of the marine industry is that there are fewer players as they have merged and gobbled up the competition. With so much fluff and so little data, ads are just plain annoying for anyone who might be looking for a product and the information about it.

Mags may not disappear, but they are on the decline and the web is ascendent. Good for us!
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