I ran across an article the other day about teen magazines being a dying breed (as we know them). Some of the reasons for this, the article explains are:
- they lost touch with what youth wanted
- magazines were unable to adapt to changes in society
- they are going digital because that’s where the teens are
- teens can get this information in so many other places
- ‘adult’ magazines are more popular with teens
What do others think?
A few questions I have:
- Is this article being alarmist or challenging us to continually find ways to stay relevant with teens?
- How is the article defining what is a teen magazine? What about gaming magazines?
- Is this following a similar trend in books as far as ‘adult content’ being more appealing to many teen readers and in that case, we should adjust to how we think about what a teen magazine is?
- If teens are getting similar information from other places, how can libraries help with that and what are we already doing to help with that?
- Many teens are finding and creating their own content online. They are defining what is important to them. Again, how can we help with that?
Posted by Kelly Czarnecki