Issue # 18 Monday, October 5, 1998

About the Author:

Internet e-zine guru Todd Kuipers

Todd Kuipers is a software designer/Internet consultant, living and breathing, with his wife Susanna, in Calgary, Alberta. He is resident at Merak Projects currently working on Web based implementations of their petroleum software. He spends his spare time reading, writing, reading and writing about beer, tasting beer, reviewing anything that he comes across and providing pure research skills to paying customers. Things Todd and Internet can be seen at http://propagandist.com/.

One time proprietor of the currently defunct "E-mail-zines list", a listing of e-zines available via e-mail, Todd kept his interest in "low-bandwidth active delivery content" and currently subscribes to (and generally reads) 60+ e-mail publications on a wide variety of topics.


  

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Special - E-mail-zine Essentials

This week back to tech type stuff. I've got a phenomenal newsletter to review from The Industry Standard crew called Media Grok and another couple short blurbettes (yes, really, even shorter than a blurb) on some other recent interesting ones I've found.

Review - The Industry Standard's Media Grok

Quick Rating:
Overall - 5
Content - 5
Writing - 5
Regularity - 5
Extras - 5
E-zine Description: From the group that bring you The Industry Standard, The Newsmagazine of the Internet, Media Grok examines Internet Economy news stories published around the globe. Get an informed critique of media coverage in this market delivered to you each morning.

Frequency of Publication: Week Daily

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.thestandard.com/newsletters

WWW location: Industry Standard page at: http://www.thestandard.com/

Contact Information:
Industry Standard page at: http://www.thestandard.com/

Cost: Absolutely Free

Review

Content - 5
Media Grok provides daily tech/media news story reports. Sound pretty simple, fairly generic, not outta the ordinary? Well we (they?) fooled you, didn't we? Every week day you get set of news items with mid-length commentary/analysis. Not just blurbs or headlines with links back to the site for more info (though they provide that). Actual articles. And on top of it all not only do they link back to their site for further info, but they track down articles on the same event//topic and link to other reputable news sites like Wired News, ZDNet, news.com and WSJ On-line. But wait! There's more! Each issue also provide quick links to other current topics and news items. Pretty good stuff.

Writing Quality/Style - 5
As good as you'll see from any good news source. Clean, concise, easy to read but not dumbed down, witty at times and sleek.

Regularity - 5
Very regular. Every school day morning around 10:00 (+/- a few minutes)

Extras - 5
Packed fulla goodies here. All the standard e-mail newsletter bits are here (see issue #5). On top of that the excellent external links alone make this newsletter worth the admission price. But wait! There's more! If you visit The Industry Standard subscription page you'll see another set of 4 newsletter/mailing lists available: New Gig (tech and internet recruitment info), Intelligencer (weekly detailed report on one news item), Internet Architect Spotlight (weekly who's who on the Net) and News Alert ("as it happens" news reports). All are as well presented as Media Grok.

Overall - 5
I guess I gushed above, but I'm always impressed when I can get mid-length articles delivered directly to my mail-box. Media Grok is well worth it if you're interested in tracking the lasted big tech news bits. Well written, timely, prompt, and interesting.

E-zine Title: The Breakfast Serials

E-zine Description: A week-daily serialized fiction mailer. Every weekday, for 20 weekdays, you will receive a new installment of the story. There's a new story every month.

(Thanks to our fearless EIC - Mike Chwastiak for this one). I've read the 3rd and 4th chapters of "The Women and the Warrior". Pretty good so far.

Frequency of Publication: week-daily

Subscription Instructions:
Send e-mail to:
breakfast-on@mail-list.com (automated response)

WWW location: http://www.breakfastserials.com

Contact Information:
Visit: http://www.breakfastserials.com

Cost: Free!

E-zine Title: CTheory

E-zine Description: CTHEORY is an international journal of theory, technology and culture. Articles, interviews, and key book reviews in contemporary discourse are published weekly as well as theorisations of major "event-scenes" in the mediascape. Edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker.

Always interesting, eclectic and provactive.

Frequency of Publication: variable

Subscription Instructions:
Visit:
http://www.ctheory.com/subscribe/

WWW location: http:///www.ctheory.com

Contact Information:
feedback: http://www.ctheory.com

Cost: Free!

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