With the release of the Relevant Magazine tablet edition, the good folks in Orlando have proved they are on the forefront of emerging media. In my humble opinion, this is what a tablet magazine should be. It incorporates all of the features of the print magazine (e.g., creative interviews, beautiful artistry, etc.) with the possibilities of the internet (e.g., photo galleries, short movies, audio interviews, interactive advertising, social media sharing features, etc.).
It is fun to read an article and then toggle off the text to enjoy the photos. In another case you can read interview questions and listen to the interviewees response via embedded audio. The possibilities are endless! Kudos Relevant Mag team.
I just sat down with the latest issue of Relevant Magazine, a fresh brewed cup of coffee, and some new music (all while the moving picture box displays the hockey game).
One of my favorite days every two months is receiving the newest Relevant Mag. This one has stories on Bear Grylls, The Avett Brothers, Craig Ferguson, and Jennifer Knapp.
It discusses interesting issues such as the rise of urban gardening and “The Philosophy of E-Readers.”
A few article titles that catch my attention include:
“At the Root of It: Why Knowing What You Believe Matters.”
“Stuff Christians Like: Sometimes Faith is Funny.”
I mentioned “Relevant Magazine” in the previous blog post and figured I’d officially give them an unofficial public recommendation. I have been subscribing to Relevant for more than a year now (you can read the mag online for free). I have been consistently impressed by the content and presentation. The magazine is often hilarious, usually objective (sometimes low on discernment), and deeply connected with contemporary culture. Where else can you find articles by John Piper and Rob Bell or Brian MacLaren and Mark Driscoll? Who else offers their thoughts on social justice and premarital sex or the merits of Hip-Hop Judaism or the resurgence of midwestern, basement manufactured synth pop? Exactly. You need some Relevant Magazine in your life!
Anyone interested in “progressive culture” and the views of many young evangelicals would do well to subscribe to this magazine. I promise, you will be “cooler” for it. Further, their website is very impressive with interactive content, streaming music, and a hilarious (occasionally insightful) news “slice” feed. I think my favorite supplement to the bi-monthly magazine publication is the weekly free podcast. The podcast is like listening to a group of friends engaging in random conversation (e.g., punching whalesharks, the impending chimpocalypse, etc.). The podcast also features insightful interviews with Christian personalities, artists, and musicians as well as hilarious listener games and a guide to new music and movie releases. Give it a try!