Monday, November 06, 2006

Tired of Lifestyle Porn

Thrillist. Daily Candy. Urban Daddy. Very Short List. And now, from the New York Times, comes Urbanite. I'm signed up for each of these e-newsletters (often dubbed 'lifestyle porn'), and I'm feeling a little fatigued from all of it.

So many choices to be found within, so little time. Is it just me, or is this category -- while catering to different niches, for the most part -- becoming oversubscribed?

Of these, I'm most partial to the erudite Very Short List, which started its run in early September. While some might find it boring (Gawker did), it's become the one I look to each morning. As News.com describes it, the e-newsletter "carries recommendations of unheralded cultural and entertainment products, including books, CDs and DVDs." Now in beta, it offers contributions from Kurt Andersen and is hard to find for those seeking it out-- a bracketed search of its name doesn't even come up its site among the first 10 pages of results on Google. Here's to hoping this one catches on further.

3 comments:

narnia said...

my beef with these newsletters is that one rarely offers something more interesting than the next. however separated they might pretend to be from the pr mess and product placements that "lifestyle" magazines succumb to, they never quite achieve independence. case in point, thrillist, which started offering strict product endorsements a few months ago. a new model needs be created.

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