You may have come across this recent start-up, GOOD Magazine
. The second issue, Jan/Feb, just came out and for the most part it looks like an auspicious start. They've set a clear mandate for the publication, mainly to offer what is "good" for a socially conscious and politically active demographic, and to spur those who are not already members of the choir to voice in. They appeal to this set with popular contributors (Gary Shteyngat, George Saunders, James Surowiecki, John Hodgman, to name a few), hip design, and truth-stirring content. This latest issue features "The GOOD Guide to Culture Jamming"--which includes intructions on how to subvert "the authority of the dominant culture." Somehow potency is lost, however, in the glow of an adjacent advertisement for Beleza Pura Super Premium Brazilian Rum; still, their hearts seem
to be in the right place: a sentiment that can be applied to much of the magazine's content.
I suggest you visit the mag's site, linked to above, to get a clearer idea of what they're about. Once you do, you can weigh this statement: they purport to be a mechanism of social change, one that supports a "merger of capitalism and idealism," but whose capitalism is subverting their idealism.
I'm not decided on what side I fall yet. I'll wait to see how things evolve. But it is either commendable or foolish to so blatantly advertise your message, especially when it involves two inherently incompatible ideas.