Captain Edward John Smith

Captain Edward John Smith is the pen name of a veteran magazine executive who has been working in the industry for close to twenty years, and watching it drift towards the looming icebergs ahead for at least the last ten. The name was chosen because the original Captain Smith was an English ship’s captain and the commanding officer of the RMS Titanic who perished when the ship sank in 1912. Our Captain Smith has actively tried to sound the alarms for quite some time,.Alas, he continues to be a prophet scorned in his own time, but he has agreed to make the occasional contribution to These New Times as the warning klaxons continue to blare.

By Captain Edward John Smith On Monday, August 8th, 2011

Tina Brown is The Weekly Beast

Newsweek’s Circulation Declines Again: Will this Cover Help? Lots of people like Michelle Bachmann.  Lots of people don’t. Maybe she’ll capture the Republican nomination. Probably she won’t What More...

By Captain Edward John Smith On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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More Trouble for Print?

There was a small item buried in the New York Times yesterday. Man Sues Hotel Over 75-Cent Newspaper “A California man is suing the Hilton Hotels Corporation for charging him 75 cents for a copy of the USA More...

By Captain Edward John Smith On Sunday, July 31st, 2011

The East is Read

by Captain Edward John Smith As part of the long, painful spiral that magazines and newspapers are in, the genre known as “Shelter” magazines have not been immune.  In this country, Domino, Metropolitan More...

How to marry a suicide bomber
By Captain Edward John Smith On Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
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Al Queda’s Media Empire

Interested in how to attract a terrorist husband?  At a time when many western magazines are retrenching or even discontinuing, those whacky guys in the “New Media” department of Al-Queda have just More...