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Not really about tech, more so about liberal politics


OK so they have writers who basically put out a stream of stories about WHY BUSH IS BAD, WHY WE ARE LOSING IN IRAQ, etc.  Its really not anything to do with tech at that point.And then they got this new writer who is like this porn lady (seriously) and she writes about why you need to buy vibrators and stuff. Most people are like Huh?  I really don't get this magazine, other than it maybe used to be about tech, and then they hired too many liberals who put their own agenda in rather than trying to worry about what the reader wants.  This magazine is all over the place.  And yes, very whiny.

Gresham, OR


Electronics and Politics in a Single Magazine


Wired is a semi- interesting magazine that blends together articles about technology with those on politics, culture, and more. This magazine is aimed at a diverse audience but it generally caters to those who are technology savvy and like to keep up with the latest world events. Wired dedicates most of its pages to the discussion of electronics and other technology and computer nerds form a large percentage of the magazine's core subscribers. Articles about digital cameras, high definition televisions, internet marketing, and other like topics can be found in every issue. These articles often present unique angles on common problems and concerns in the world of high tech. But what makes Wired interesting is the fact that it includes other articles on other subjects- topics that one normally would not associate with a technology magazine. It is common to find articles about popular culture, politics, and other subjects and they sometimes seem out of place. One minute you're reading an article about PDA's and the next minute, you're reading an article about the war against Iraq. It's a little weird but it also makes for a nice change of pace. Another interesting fact with Wired is that it changes its authors more frequently than other magazines. The magazine has a few regulars but it likes to shuffle the writers around each month. This can be good and it can result in articles that present new and different perspectives each month. But it also means that the magazine is a little uneven and can sometimes include articles that do not communicate the way they should. I can recall reading several articles that left me scratching my head, wondering why the editor didn't make additional changes so that the articles were clearer. The departments in Wired cover a large percentage of the whole- easily exceeding the total departmental length of many other magazines. Most of the departments occupy the first two- thirds of each issue. The monthly featured articles are found near the end of each issue. This layout is different from other magazines, which usually mix the departments and monthly features together. With Wired, the departments and featured articles are kept separate. Overall, I like Wired as a whole and the political articles rank as my favorite in each issue. The magazine jumps around from topic to topic and the authors change more frequently than other magazines. Some of the articles are not the best written I have ever seen but Wired is still a good enough magazine to recommend. It keeps readers current on technology, politics, business, and entertainment.

Houston, TX


Wired Magazine: Sustenance for the incurably inquisitive


By the time my father was my present age he held firmly to the belief that pretty much everything worth inventing had more or less been invented.  I mean, hadn't the 27" color TV with remote control been perfected?  And, now with the advent of the IBM (his term for the computer), what could possibly be left?  Sure we had made it to the moon a decade earlier, but that was only because JFK had promised it to us.  With his subscription to *Popular Science* long lapsed he no longer dreamed of an exciting future.  Three years later he slipped quietly into the night, a still young man who could never envision the world just 30 years later. **30 Years Later** "Has Wired come yet?" I inquire of my beautiful wife as she returns from the mailbox.  I had caught a glimpse of the present issue online the previous evening and was looking forward to reading it cover to cover. **Wired**, a Conde Nast publication, brings us the present and the future (as well as glimpses of the past) in a bold style.  In virtually every issue I find at least one article that I would have paid my annual subcription price ($8 - $12) to read.  A good case in point is this month's lead article, *Charge!  The Age of the Electric Car is Here*.  Besides giving us a fascinating article of how Elon Musk has made Tesla into a legitimate car manufacturer, they test and rate four electric cars that will see American roads within the next several months.  Who can resist? **What I Like** **Wired **doesn't just treat us to to sterile technology articles.  They tackle societal and economic issues as well and overlay how present and emerging technology is or will likely affect those isssues. Wired doesn't back away from whimsy either.  Will Ferrell's piece a couple of month's ago about *"The Future that never happened"* had me laughing, but thinking while I laughed.  You can probably find the article online.  Try Googling it. Wired also does a great job of rotating its staff and contributing authors.  Each issue seems fresh and you never know where the emphasis of the next isue is coming from or for that matter who might be articulating the new material. **What I Don't Like** Actually, not much.  Sure, they go over the top sometime.  Last month they featured an article about how you could escape the evil clutches of your Cable TV provider.  Pointing out all the content now available online and the gadgetry needed to bring it to your big screen, they convinced me that I could save as much as $1,000 a year.  The trouble was as I saw it was I'd be too damned tired to watch my big screen after implementing all their recommendations.  And, if that weren't bad enough, I still wouldn't be able to watch *Breaking Bad *during the current season.  The horror! But to their credit, when I turned the page there was a self-criticizing editorial in defense of Cable.  The cruxt of the editorial?  TV is suposed to be easy (if not mindless). Lastly there's the minor point of navigation.  Sometimes it's a struggle to find the articles.  Hell sometimes it's a struggle to find the table of contents.  But then I'm reminded that Vanity Fair is far worse. **My Viewpoint** This is one of those rare magazines that brings us the past, present and future in a way that enlightens and entertains us without making us struggle with each new idea.  The writing is crisp, relevant and thankfully understandable.  Pick up a copy.  I highly recommend it.

Boca Raton, FL


Every issue, cover to cover.


I'm busy. You're busy. We're all busy. Working 24 hours a day, family, friends, books, hobbies. There's no time and not many opportunities to make a serious time commitment. One habit that I have managed to maintain is reading every issue of Wired from cover to cover. I haven't missed an article in an issue in 2 years. I uesd to read MIT's Technology Review with the same dedication, but they cut out all the "randomness" in topics and now its too narrow to surprize me. But Wired never fails. Never.

Chicagoland, IL


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