I recently stumbled across a site called www.48hrmag.com a site which describes itself as “raucous experiment in using new tools to erase media’s old limits” and is proposing to release a theme for it’s first issue, collect submissions for 24 hours, and then edit for 24 hours in order to create a comprehensive magazine in 2 days. The magazine will then be sold for 48 days and the profits will be allocated as follows:
25% – Investment in future issue.
25% – Payment of submitters/workers.
25% – Reward for the three best submissions.
25% – Grant to do something crazy.
Overall, I think it sounds like an awesome idea. I can’t wait until the theme comes out in 3 days, hopefully I’ll be able to submit something, and even if it doesn’t make the cut, I’ll be satisfied knowing I participated. I’ll also be interested to see how the time constraints effect the quality of the magazine. Has technology come far enough that people will be able to garner submissions, sort through them, and design and edit a comprehensive magazine in under 48 hours? Or, will the product feel lacking? How long will it be? Hopefully these are all questions which will be answered in the following days, but one thing’s for sure; without the internet and digital media, none of this would be possible.