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"Social and economic inequalities should be arranged so that they are to be of the greatest benefit to the least-advantaged members of society." Perto mas não igual ao minimax, "minimizing the possible loss for a worst case scenario."

capa do MRR #432 | May 2019

Continuando das modas que mudam e o fim de todas as coisas e reis que caem: o fim da Maximum Rocknroll impressa. Indecisos onde acrescentar à timeline a cessação da revista (anúncio de janeiro, a revista é de maio, está cá fora agora) até que por três vezes tropeçamos na mesma referência a uma puff-piece piegas dos bons velhos tempos do jornal entregue à porta de casa: "the Atlantic reports that your grandfather has resubscribed to the daily paper." O avozinho diz que não há substituto para o print, os punks devolvem que vão full digital, e carros alinhados na beira da estrada lembram que não há better time como o presente. A comparação que se segue é-nos simbólica, com pontos extra por a podermos explanar no impresso vs online quando alguns são forçados a descobrir que "some joys can’t be digitized".

Neither screen nor paper will ever do better than offer a simulacrum of real life.
in "There's No Substitute for Print" 10 abr 2019

Mas antes de condescendermos com nostalgias, os changin’ times que mais tarde nos alimentarão as ditas. Do fim de reinados:

Long live Maximum Rocknroll

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the end of Maximum Rocknroll as a monthly print fanzine. Needless to say, the landscape of the punk underground has shifted over the years, as has the world of print media.

These changes do not mean that Maximum Rocknroll is coming to an end. We are still the place to turn if you care about Swedish girl bands or Brazilian thrash or Italian anarchist publications or Filipino teenagers making anti-state pogo punk, if you are interested in media made by punks for punks, if you still believe in the power and potential of autonomously produced and underground culture. Readers can look forward to more online content.
in "Announcement" jan 2019

Do espírito da publicação, "not to mention some show spaces, record stores, and distros" que "include literally thousands of volunteers (...) along the way":

Maximum Rocknroll began as a radio show in 1977. In 1982, buoyed by burgeoning DIY punk and hardcore scenes all over the world, the founders of the show launched Maximum Rocknroll as a print fanzine. That first issue drew a line in the sand between the so-called punks who mimicked society’s worst attributes — the "apolitical, anti-historical, and anti-intellectual," the ignorant, racist, and violent — and MRR’s principled dedication to promoting a true alternative to the doldrums of the mainstream. That dedication included anti-corporate ideals, avowedly leftist politics, and relentless enthusiasm for DIY punk and hardcore bands and scenes from every inhabited continent of the globe.
in "Announcement" jan 2019

Contraste ao exercício que se segue nos antípodas do exemplo anterior:

The newspaper involved in my little experiment in home delivery was The Wall Street Journal.

Outros reinos, senhores. Como se torna evidente pelo bacanal sensorial a que o autor dessa ode ao papel impresso se permite antes de sequer agarrar o seu jornal:

That first morning when I looked out the front window to see the bagged paper at last, I shrugged on my bathrobe and stepped into my slippers and felt the cold encircle my ankles when I opened the front door.
in "There's No Substitute for Print" 10 abr 2019

Todo um parágrafo estranho aos teens: sair à rua em pijama e apanhar o jornal do relvado de casa antes do pequeno almoço? Boa sorte com isso de comprar casa. Descontextualizamos:

Although through my daze of self-satisfaction I am pretty sure that money was involved.
in "There's No Substitute for Print" 10 abr 2019

Temos embirranço mas encontramos espaço para fechar de sentidos maiores em velhas lutas: depende. E aqui terminamos de contrastes.

How we read on a screen or paper and how much we retain of what we read surely depends on personal history and experience. To the well-wired mind, the newspaper might seem intolerably limiting. The well-wired mind knows that the screen, as a medium for news, is truer to real life because it brings us life in what we insist on calling "real time."
in "There's No Substitute for Print" 10 abr 2019

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