Because in the last few weeks, so much of self-understanding and credibility of journalism, the speech was: I have Just read in the last printed edition of the pop magazine “Spex”, the interview with the Hamburg-based Band The Golden lemons and the pop theorist Diedrich Diederichsen.

Once more, it occurred to me: what has made the “Spex” has to do with journalism. In any case, if you define journalism, a mediating activity. In the interview, the “Spex” neither explains that the Golden lemon is a Hamburg-based Band, that Diedrich Diederichsen is a pop theorist and former “Spex”-publisher. No box, no caption, no prefix, the clueless clues.

In the interview, even the theorists and the Band exchange charmingly self-referential about how a political Band in the fourth decade of its existence, comes so clear. “Actually, it’s a constant Ideologeme, which has already 30 years ago, made fun of, or that you felt disgusted,” the sigh of Diederichsen, in the second column of text. Who is not in the left-hand German Popdiskurs of the late 20th century. and the early 21st century. Century firm, has cancelled the reading because probably already.

Initiate write for your same

The journal of the speech is, and always has been no matter. Readers like you have bought because you are interested in new, exciting music. And convey the “Spex wanted to explain” never, and their readers did not want readers to have that too – and if, then only secretly. The majority like it so occurred, as described here, Dedicated just for your same.

more Accurate is the formulation of the “Spex”-a co-founder Clara Drechsler in the just published the last printed edition of selects. You’ve just “don’t want to write as outsiders,” about pop culture. This was in the eighties, in fact, what the “Spex”-editors of the treatise, didactic-objectifying style of the seventies-rock journalism is dropped.

Who wrote for the “Spex”, was part of the Popkosmos, part of a fussy, detail-rich discussion, new Bands, new Sounds, new Beats, new Styles surrounded. Who is the magazine to read, sitting on the counter, where with Haircut 100, Red Crayola Throbbing Gristle, Pet Shop Boys, Public Enemy, or Blumfeld, the world was declared. Madonna, Kim Wilde and Sade made it on the Cover. The “Spex” was not a Punk Fanzine that refused to accept anything that sounds Mainstream. But you had to study the magazine to learn why “Purple Rain” by Prince Narcissus of the Mist, “Raspberry Beret” but crazy good. Such knowledge existed only in the “Spex”.


No pity for the majority: This gesture has marked the “Spex”. And he has made the journal more important than it has been, according to the circulation figures and distribution. What it has that the “Spex” has lost in the last 15 years opinion leadership? Oh, maybe you didn’t. Perhaps this opinion leadership is economically less viable today.

In the mid-nineties, when I wrote for the magazine, we flew at the expense of the record companies to interview to London or Seattle. The Business still ran, and an article in the “Spex” had obvious relevance in the case of recording clientele. Today, the shrinking music industry, from their View, the “Spex”, in all incorruptibility lives, in Spite of also achieved their target audiences in the social networks.

it is Believed the last Print editor of set magazine, the opinion leader in any case entirely a thing of the past. The “so-called gate-Keeper function from the Pop-Journalists” have “done”, wrote editor-in-chief Daniel Gerhardt at the end of the magazine. You mean, Because the Kids get the Shit today by the algorithm, and Spotify Playlist on their devices delivered, it needs the pre-sort, Select, more, Compare, Recommend? I think this is a misunderstanding.

Pop as “intellectual self-concept”

Kids of the “Spex”-regular readers were never, and the latter were in the Popkosmos pretty good. Who “bought Spex”, did not want to recommendations or a choice, but participation in a Popdiskurs, it was only in the “Spex”, the cultural scientist Nadja Geer calls it: Pop as “intellectual self-design”. Surrounded defy of the appropriate records and books of the unsightly presence.

The pop culture niche will organized “a digital architecture of the filter bubble,” writes Tom Holert in the farewell issue. “Dissent and distinction, once a crucial propellant of pop and youth cultural production of knowledge and Experience” had become “largely meaningless”, the former “Spex”-editor. What, then, but, for my taste, a little bit of a lot of cultural pessimism.

For one, it is a bad habit of all generations after ’68, the youth provide, is less a dissident than you. On the other: Perhaps the dissidence is moved even just years ago. Away from the (mostly male) panel of Nerds to magazines such as “Missy”, which has been celebrated in 2018 its tenth anniversary. Not without reason, several of the authors of the Spex-farewell to the output part of the queer feminist Missy-universe – a magazine, which lives essentially from the fact that it is made of a Community of Dissidents and worn. As the “Spex”, you rest in discord.

P. S. In the Internet, should it go ahead with the Spex, but how, exactly, the editorial Board does not reveal, under the direction of Dennis Pohl. From 1. February they wanted to make further, because Pohl said, it “still needs a voice to the marginal, and marginalized, discriminated and seditious positions in Pop and society helps to be heard”. Because you can only wish all the best.

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.