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December 08, 2008


Patrick Thornton


Readers Digest? That's rich. I don't think Rolling Stone is going to get it anytime soon, and it will be to their peril.

I've long found Rolling Stone to be a terrible, self-indulgent publication. The only subscriber I've ever known was a high school teacher. He was an aging hippie of sorts. So, yeah.

Their print content is out of touch. Their Web site is an embarrassment. It's funny how a publication that was created to shake things up has become the status quo. Imagine if in 1967, we would have told Rolling Stone staffers that 40 years from now they would be stodgier than the New York Times.

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