Mark Twain allegedly said, “An ‘expert’ is just some guy from out of town.”
You know: your typical Music Man type?
I think we need to swap out “An ‘expert’ is just some guy from out of town” with “Dylan Stableford is a veteran media reporter based in New York“.
I admit: it doesn’t have the same ring to it, and 99% of you are saying “huh?” right now.
But you won’t be in a minute.
First, though, here’s more on Dylan Stableford (who I’m willing to bet cash money owns a copy of What’s the Matter with Kansas? and may actually have read some of it):
Most recently, he served as senior editor, digital at FOLIO: magazine. He was formerly the managing editor of Mediabistro.com, including its popular network of media blogs, an editor at MTV.com during the dotcom boom and served briefly as an associate producer of the “Howard Stern Show” on E!. He writes regularly about music and culture for several publications, including Rolling Stone, New York and Salon.
On a day in which we’ve all been having almost pornographic fun at the expense of one particular Journalism Expert/Media Guru/Expert Witness, you knew I just had to try to get the last word.
So here’s my contribution, from Mr. Dylan’s Expert Report on Magazine Circulation for a Very Important Website:
5. Magazine with titles I make fun of are actually getting subscribers.
For reasons unknown to humanity, Truck, Race, Cycle and Recreation (up 172 percent), Kustoms & Hot Rods (up 93.2 percent) and Bowhunt America (50 percent) managed to increase their subscription bases by healthy margins.
That is all.
Except he got the name of one of the magazines wrong too.
Oh, and I think someone should get to write an “answer” book called Sweet F*** All, Big City Dumbass? How’s About You?