A "Maxim"-like Magazine that puts the power of the content in the hands of the community where it belongs.
The traditional magazine is disappearing, normal print magazines are failing and the majority of content is making its way online. That being said, the content that is going online is controlled by the same parameters of the old publications and that is not what the internet is supposed to be, the internet is an information hub that allows for interactivity and user contribution. The internet is a wide open frontier that unlocks limitless resources and untold avenues for the creative collective to get their ideas to market.
With this in mind I want to launch a User Generated (Community Edited) online Men's Magazine that allows users of the community to contribute to the different sections offered in the magazine and the community will be able to decide what ultimately gets published. The magazine will be similar to a "Maxim" magazine with different features, sections, columns, photos, editorial, etc. Except the articles and content that make it into the final print will be decided by the community as a whole and not a single “Chief Editor”. Each section will be given "parameters" for content along with guidelines for submissions and users will have the opportunity to submit their content (whether it is a full article, photos, jokes, comments, illustrations, etc.), the submitted content will then be displayed for the community to view, rate, and comment on. The top rated content for each identified section will then go to editing where the producer of the item will have the opportunity to be guided by knowledgeable experts in a relevant field to their content to perfect their submission for publication (these will mostly be writing professionals, professors, industry professionals, etc.). The final version will then be included in the print magazine that gets published. This will not only provide the community with a creative outlet but also the opportunity to work with professionals to learn more and grow while democratizing the content and providing a significant online and offline database of content on particular subjects since there will likely be many submissions for each section. All submissions not making it into the print version will still be available online via the relevant section links and users will have access to a huge variety of content on various subjects. It is truly delimiting the content constraints and opening the possibility for multiple points of view on a variety of interesting topics.
The overall goal is to give the power of publishing over to the people and provide an outlet for all those amazing creative artists whether they be writers, illustrators, photographers, industry professionals, or anything else, this will be a platform for anyone to have the opportunity to have their voice heard and their work recognized.
The end result will also be a distribution of the advertising revenue that is generated by the final published magazine, with all contributors who's content makes it into print getting a piece of the action. Not only will users get the chance to get their work out to the world, if they succeed they will be compensated as well. A truly democratic publication by the people for the people.
The only way this project can be introduced to the world is with your support, it requires a passionate group of individuals that want to create something amazing and be a part of something incredible. Any and all help is greatly appreciated and even just spreading the word will boost our efforts tremendously. Let’s gather the creative community and ignite a spark that will deliver this exciting new magazine to the world! Tell your friends, tell your family, maybe even tell a few strangers (but be careful if you do). Thanks for stopping by and checking out the Dude.com project, even your time has been valuable to us, we hope you’ll be reading our magazine very soon!
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