Punk Planet Ships Its Last Issue
Punk Planet, one zine that we at Define The Meaning really respect, have decided to become defunct. Hopefully many other zines will pick up the pieces of where they left off. We’ve got to do our best to keep the elements of our culture, such as zines, to survive. Zines are the snapshots of the time and a vessel for reaching out our voice.
As stated on Punk Planet’s website:
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 from our editorial offices: 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 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.”