Mag is not very good. Apparently, this was an auto renew but I wasn't notified...not very professional. If I was notified I would not have renewed. I guess that's why they don't notify you....
To me, this seems a little ladish. I was looking for something that was based on technology. This was not, instead going on about start up companies and other rubbish. Have revcieved 2 copies so far and I can not say that I enjoyed a full story in either of them. Have 10 more copies to go, so maybe there will still be a couple of rabbits in the hat, but really do not think I will be re-ordering this drivil.
Some of the articles were interesting/clever, but overall this magazine is aimed too strongly (in my opinion) toward men. As a 20 something female ordering this subscription to get interesting tech information and stay up on the latest/greatest tech news, this magazine fell short. I found many of the articles crude and even tasteless. Maybe the obvious target market of men (probably ages 22 to 35) would enjoy this magazine, but it definitely wasn't for me.
I have been reading Wired for several years and it has always been a good read with interesting articles and neat little tid bit pieces. However, the last few issues have been filled with advertisements. It got to the point with the latest isse that I ended up halfway through and quit reading the magazine and just started counting the ads. There was an advertisement on every other page. Sadly it is time to let this subscription lapse and move on to something that puts more effort into filling the pages with content.
To be honest, I do pick up this Mag from the Newstand 4 to 5 times a year, but I can hardly call myself a fan. If you are looking for a solid computer or tech mag, Wired is not for you, It tries too hard to be hip and trendy, but it's group of Left/Lib Nerds too often come off as being lame and borish. Wired needs to be "ReWired" to meet the needs of the modern tech community.
I bought this for my 70 yr. old mother who is quite well-read and enjoys different and unusual news stories, books, etc.. Anything interesting and off the wall, she likes. This magazine bored her and when I read them myself I found none of the stories were worth my time. It is boring and without substance. I would not recommend this magazine. It is far from being unusual and is rather plain stupid..
First off, I'm a huge geek. I love programming and computers and the internet. You'd think Wired would be like some great magazine for me. But the whole thing is just so whiney and worried about all this "bad" stuff in the world, it makes you sick. For every cool article about Japanese robots, you have to wade through like 10 articles about "how America is doomed". Whatever... they need to man up.
This magazine used to be a playground for billionaire boys and their extravagant toys. Once they began venturing into eco-politics (Inconvenient Truths: Get Ready to Rethink What It Means to Be Green) they entered an arena that is ill suited for jock humor and contrarian jibes. Telling folks to keep their SUV's and embrace the nukes while snarkilly saying "Screw the Spotted Owl" is poor taste at the very best, and in these times of economic crisis, really just point to the "consume more" mentality that got us into our present situation of global recession.
I do like this magazine for the reviews they print on the latest gadgets and computer equipment, but they often present a few subjects to review with big pictures and tight three sentence blurbs with a few pros and cons about the device. I find that other publications can do a much better job reviewing technology far better and don't push a bunch of pre-processed Kulture on you.
I had hoped that Wired would fill the gap that Omni magazine had left when it folded up in 1996, but that would require the editors to get over how cool they think they are. They seem to be more interested in catering to the cynical, high-fiving, light beer drinking crowd, as they sense that the "geek" social movement is going more mainstream and frat-boy approved.
With that in mind, I'll pass on renewing my subscription.
Wired Magazine has proven to me something it had never even occurred to me to imagine: That there is a level of cynical, style-whoring, inaccurate, myopic snarkiness that goes beyond merely "trading substance for style." Wired is consistently behind the curve these days, but that doesn't stop the publication from spinning every article like a golden truth you were too lame to know. In articles about controversial subjects, one side is routinely saddled with straw man arguments that are so blatant and artless that I find them offensive even when I disagree with the parties who have been set up for a fall. Just as often, features which don't discuss a contentious topic still have an edge to them, making fun of a person, group, or idea in a way that isn't enlightening or even humorous, let alone warranted by the subject matter.
Generally, Wired is as mean-spirited as it is self-congratulatory. This attitude appeals primarily to the demographic of tech wonks and IT industry tourists professionally and personally deflated by the bubble burst, desperately trying to assert their relevance and relive their high-flying, know-it-all glory. Any content is easily outweighed by the sheer volume of half-truths, shoddy reasoning, and straight-up falsehoods which could easily be revealed and corrected by a casual investigation of the subjects treated in pages choked between high gloss, Yuppie/GenXer-targeted corporate mind-poison (advertising).
Isn't the world of technology interesting and magical enough without mixing the spin, double-talk, and factual misrepresentation of a presidential debate with the impotent, absurd bravado of Battle Bot pre-match trash talk? People know little enough about how tech rules the world and how it can, quite plausibly, save it. This magazine could evangelize for technology's promise and educate about its current and future potential. Instead it concentrates on one-shots written in a style that passes for "hip" that forwards an attitude rather than a message, with an emphasis on sensationalism over accuracy, having more in common with advertising than edification.
this magazine has much going for it but almost, without fail, falls far short. The articles, mostly, have the merits to be decent read and something you can find informative, unfortunately --either the editors edit out the content or the writers only write fluff-- the articles are filled with nothing of substance. For instance, in an article several years ago about the need to move to nuclear power, the author tries to disprove all other forms of power in one 6 sentence paragraph. Now if that isn't fair reporting, then I guess I don't know what an argument is. Afterwards, as most articles in Wired, it starts fluffing out instead of actually reporting anything.
In short, the reviews only look at the neatest features and not the price or quality (ie the review is nothing more than you can find by 5 minutes at Best Buy). The articles suck, give you nothing, and make you a little bit more ignorant of subject matters.