“"The unpaid internship was long seen as a right of passage. Very few Americans can afford such a luxury, and fewer still African-Americans can afford it." — The magazine industry, by the nature of its own economics, provides opportunities for only the most fortunate among us. As a result, the voice of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and, as a commenter pointed out, of non-Ivy graduates from state schools in the South and Midwest, is largely lacking in longform journalism.”
Magazines, particularly those of a certain stripe, have exclusion in their DNA. Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ are all, on some level, aspirational. They are all trying to project some high life that you really should be living.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the context of magazines and their struggle to diversify. (via emilyjaneferber)