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Reviewing Radar Like a Rock Record

fbny_radar_3.0.jpgIn media terms, the anticipation and hype-y buildup to Radar‘s latest incarnation (the third, if you’re scoring at home) has been like that of a rock album — albeit one whose lineup is as interchangeable as the studio it was recorded in. You could even say and the accompanying schadenfreude is like the rabid, forgive me, Radiohead or Coldplay (or, perhaps more accurately, Arctic Monkeys) fans who leak details and tracks of the album ahead of its street date. And then you have the magazine’s detractors oiling the hype machinery while purporting not to care.

And while we’re as weary as the next media blog about anything as consistently over-hyped — and sniped — as Maer Roshan‘s Radar, we’re compelled to give it a track-by-track review.

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Radar 3.0: ‘It Would Be More Economical To Hire Pajama-Clad Post-Collegiates To Snarkily Blog On Content Produced By Others’

radar_colin_farrell.jpgSpeak of the devil. Maer Roshan answers the proverbial question:

“Who needs another magazine?”

It’s a question I’m often asked by cynical media reporters (and occasionally by my mother). I started Radar four years ago because I believed there was a place in the world for a smart, subversive title that didn’t pull its punches. After five issues and a few bumps and scrapes, I still do. Whatever they’re saying this week about the demise of print, I think great magazines of the kind Radar aspires to be are essential as ever.

Certainly it would be more economical to hire pajama-clad post-collegiates to snarkily blog on content produced by others. But if your mission is to break new ground, dispatching actual reporters and photographers to cover actual stories still has an essential power.

Not to disparage the Internet: Our new site,, which launched last September, now draws more than a million visitors a month and breaks news every day. But while there’s something undeniably thrilling about responding to news as it happens, there’s also much to be said for taking your time. With magazines you don’t get second chances (not usually, anyway), which compels a more thoughtful and nuanced approach.

O.K., fair enough, we’ll take a careful and nuanced approach here. We’ll wait until we see the results of Maer’s careful and nuanced approach before we snarkily blog on its content.


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