January 14, 2009
We’ve built up some good media-thinking momentum here lately, so help me out with a gut-check:
Imagine a well-packaged little “magazine” for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It would be free or $0.99. In an “issue,” it would have a short story, a video, something with sound, a gallery of great photography, and a mini-game or two. All formatted specifically and cleverly for the device. In my head, the issues aren’t dated, but themed: more Radiolab than The Economist.
Does this sound like:
- an interesting use of a fundamentally new medium! And come to think of it, it would be fun to read/watch/play such a thing waiting in line for coffee in the morning. Or,
- a cruel throwback to mid-90s CD-ROM “magazines,” exemplifying the worst of old media: No links! You can’t print it out! Why is it stuck on this tiny, tiny screen??!
I’m especially interested in hearing from members of the snarkmatrix who actually own iPhones and iPods. Can you credibly imagine yourself finding out about such a thing — let’s say I had recommended one here, for instance! — and then downloading and using it?