Samir Husni on “Isolated Connectivity”
Today in our video chat series Literally Speaking, I spoke with Dr. Samir Husni, a.k.a. Mr. Magazine, a self-described “hopeless romantic” about magazines. It was fascinating hearing him describe his childhood in Lebanon, and his first discovery of a Superman magazine. Until then, at age 9, his experience with storytelling had been limited to his father telling him stories. Part of his joy in reading the magazine was that he could control the pace at which he experienced the story, and could decide where in the story he wanted to begin, unlike with dear old dad! Ever since then, he has been fascinated with the world of magazines. Indeed he does travel the country and the world helping magazine publishers and reading and collecting magazines, and within the month, will have been or will go to meetings in Portugal, Spain and Dubai.
Always one to coin a phrase, today Dr. Husni spoke about something he called “isolated connectivity” to describe the way in which we are all connected, more so than ever, with access to ever more channels of information, and yet we access them in a way where we are often physically removed from those with whom we connect. Is this a good thing or not for magazines, we wonder and must explore?
Other than the ongoing print/digital conversation, Samir says the magazines he talks to these days are concerned with specialization, the decline of newsstand sales, mailing rates, and maintaining customers in their circulation base.
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