In Which I Disagree With Mia Freedman (Again)

I’ve always looked up to Mia Freedman in a major way – she was my first career crush. As the years go by, however, more and more of what she writes infuriates me, and it’s mainly her postings on one topic: the death of magazines. We all know Mia made her name in big glossies, but then quit for a short lived stint at television producing, and then began her super-successful blog/website Mamamia. What annoys me is that Mia then uses her website as a way of glossy-bashing, proclaiming the death of magazines at every single opportunity. 

As someone who wants nothing more in life than to work on a glossy magazine, it really gets on my nerves. Magazines are dropping in circulation, yes. More people are reading online, yes. But in no way does that give Mia the right to declare that magazines have no future. There will always, always be a place for print. Just because Mia was lucky enough to be my age twenty years ago, at the absolute peak of mag-land, doesn’t mean she can now look down smugly from her spot online and poke her tongue out and declare how much better she is. Take today for instance, comparing her readership to that of Vogues? Just a giant boast, and one that is definitely not needed. 

A career in print is what keeps me going through the long days of the HSC, and all the hours of work experience I put in. It’s actually offensive to have Mia – someone I look up to – turn around and tell me that there’s not going to be a career there, so why bother? She might be happy in online, but I love magazines, and as long as there are people out there like me (and there are lots of us), they will always have a home. Maybe they won’t be the same as when Mia worked them, times change things, but they will still exist. Magazines are still a way for many people to escape, a way for them to get advice and just generally enjoy reading. Yes, it’s all available online, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from screens for a while. Magazines and online also work together, in today’s age it’s a multi-disciplinarian process where social networking, print, and websites work together. The mags that will survive – and I believe that will be a majority of them, even if on a smaller scale – will be the ones who work out how to utilise all mediums to a maximum effect. 

 As a side note, magazines will never die because everyone knows teen girls need posters, and blogs/websites can’t really give those in the same way. 

I still respect Mia, but her career is her career, and she doesn’t have a right to go around bashing the careers of others. Mia also left glossies after many years there – she needed a change, she was sick of them, but that doesn’t mean everyone else is. I haven’t totally ruled out a career online myself – I have been blogging for over five years, so it’s something that definitely interests me – but my main passion will always be print, and no-one, not even Mia Freedman, can take that away from me. 

Long Live Magazines, I say. Websites will never overtake you in my life.

frangipani princess xoxo

5 thoughts on “In Which I Disagree With Mia Freedman (Again)

  1. But hey,even if the magazine thing doesn't work, you can still try to blog professional, pack you readers from here in a bag and take them all with you to a big project of your own :)I would love this.

  2. Honestly, don't look up to her. She is a rude, obnoxious woman who writes ill-informed articles that serve the purpose of purporting an opinion, that being her opinion – and her opinion only. Have you ever noticed that when anyone ever dares to correct her, or question her opinion, she jumps straight on her blog to write a post justifying herself? Mia Freedman is simply not role model material. She is not inclusive and she is not representative of the everyday woman. If she were a real journalist, she wouldn't write biased articles bereft of fact, or discourage young women like yourself to pursue a career in the industry you love. If you're serious about journalism, there are much more inspiring people to look up to. Goodluck!

  3. I don't think magazines will ever die. For me it's about having the tactile copy to read and then keep and then reread. I just enjoy the process of buying and reading a magazine, it's something that a download off the internet will never replace!x

  4. I think it's a bit wrong to criticise what you don't know, the online industry is just as fantastic as magland, and in a way you are doing what Mia is doing. Mia Freedman runs a multi-million dollar business, and yes she bags mags, but honestly when you look at the numbers she is right. I think you have to experience both worlds, I have done mags, and now I'm looking at online- and if you do your research majority of the people who worked at ACP 6 years ago have all ventured to the online industry! I think it's a bit harsh to criticise someone like Mia who has lived and breathed both worlds, and actually knows what they are like!x

  5. Don't look up to Mia. It frustrates me that one of Australia's most prominent media female voices is so poor at writing.Mia is not very educated and it shows. I believe she dropped out of uni in her first year. While on the job learning is important her lack of critical thinking skills shows often and she is frequently way out of her depth on issues she writes about. Lately her columns have been practically phoned in and read like they were handed in after one draft. As for her website most of it is simply taking content from other sites, topping and tailing it with a bit of writing then saying 'what do you think'?I wish we had a really clever original great woman writer of the level of prominence Mia has.

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