Mediageek #2

Mediageek #2 / $3 / :25 / 40M / PO Box 2102, Champaign, IL 61825-2102 / /

Attempting successfully to do what I had tried to do with the DIY pieces in the previous issues of NeuFutur, Paul and the crew at Mediageek cover all sorts of media and inform their readers about how to use it to their advantage, cheat it, or just about the goings on in the field. For example, Mediageek #2 is one of the only zines that I’ve ever read that discusses in detail the Lomo camera and is not a bland, blind circle-jerk about the images produced by the camera. Aside from dealing with the Lomo, there is also a sort of-sort of not personal piece about the cameras an individual has, how much ey got them for and what their relative strengths and weaknesses are. Aside from that, Mediageek is verging on being one of the best techno-zines out there, even if the main problem that I have with this zine is the fact that some pieces (like “Zining on the Cheap) feel as if they are rushed to completion a little too early. Dealing with copiers, zines, and cameras for the first half of this issue, Mediageek’s second half deals almost exclusively with pirate radio, whether it be a listing of the current radio stations or a review section dealing with the books about the topic. While I am interested in pirate radio, I still wonder how to dial into these stations whenever I’m in the city of their origin. Sure, the events that the stations might hold and the number of times that they have been busted by the FCC are incredibly important for me understanding the station, but can’t I have at least a small idea to what frequency to turn into?

Rating: 7.1/10

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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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