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PC Magazine - General Information, The 21st Century, Editorial Causes and Issues

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PC Magazine includes previews and critiques of the newest hardware and software for professionals in the technology field. Articles are composed by industry experts such as John C. Dvorak. Dvorak has a regular article and feature piece in the magazine. The magazine has developed greatly over the past few years. The most notable change has been the resizing of the publication which made it far smaller than previous issues. This was due, in part, to changes in the computer industry market for ad space as well as the open availability of the Internet. This has made computer magazines become far less important in recent times. Instead of a several-page spread featuring new products, there is now a half-page ad with a link to the company’s website. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, the magazine had a median of 400 pages per issue. Th magazine then went to 200 pages an issue. Nowadays, the magazine has around 150 pages in every issue.

The 21st Century

The magazine has adapted to the 21st century by cutting its once-needed coverage of mass comparative reviews of technological systems. These reviews included everything from computer systems and hardware peripherals to software packages. PC Magazine now concentrates on a wider market for consumer electronics, including cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and PDAs. Starting in the late 1990s, PC Magazine made strides to review Mac software as well as Mac Hardware, which would have been deemed ridiculous at one time. PC Magazine has always considered itself to be a leading source of factual information on personal computers and related products. The magazines developmental and evolutionary journalistic pursuits have been highly praised. PC Magazine very nearly invented the novelty of comparing harware and software in 1984. Its industry-changing “Project Printers” issue was seen as groundbreaking for a number of years after the issue’s release. The printer issue has now become an annual release and features over one hundred reviews.

Editorial Causes and Issues

PC Magazine has taken on a number of editorial causes throughout the years. These causes include copy protection and the refusal to review the ill-suited 286. PC Magazine has refused to allow its Editors’ Choice award to go to any product that utilizes copy protection. Bill Machrone, who once served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, said he would still continue to review 286s, but would not be able to sell the defunct product to consumers. The magazine boosted early versions of the OS/2 operating system, but changes its mind in the close of the 1980s; they did so in favor of the Microsoft Windows release. Some OS/2 consumers claimed that the magazine ignored later versions of the OS/2 program in reviews and articles.

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