Last month Pulp Magazine ran a one-pager listing the top blogs in Jordan. This was met with some eager responses from the blogosphere, specifically those people whose names were mentioned in the first place. Our dear friend Bakkouz posted a summary of the “Real” top bloggers according to Technorati ranking, which is more or less the most “reliable” ranking for blogs despite constantly changing by the hour. The latest August issue of Pulp magazine has run another one-pager using Bakkouz’s reporting, opening with: “We knew that blogs were big in Jordan, but we didn’t know just how big”, which is kind of disappointing for a youth magazine made by tech-savvy 20-something year-olds.
What’s even more disappointing is that this is the second time I’m mentioned without anyone in Pulp realizing that the guy who runs The Black Iris, actually works 2 floors above them and sees them on a semi-daily basis.
Nah, I’m just kidding. It’s kind of interesting that they haven’t made the connection yet but more importantly I actually think Pulp is a pretty good magazine. Shocking, I know. There are magazines which I consider serious, forcing me to sit and read for a good hour, and then there are magazines that are like junk food for the brain. Pulp is the latter and that’s actually a compliment because try as we might, none of us can truly resist the temptation of junk food. It’s not meant to be healthy, it’s meant to be enjoyable and entertaining. That being said, I do wish on the other hand that there was a serious youth magazine out there for Jordanians, that tackled their issues. This one basically caters to west Ammani types. Sadly however, there isn’t a publisher in town that is willing to take that leap.
They’ve only had 4 issues out and they’ve tackled some pretty decent youthful taboo subjects like dating, drugs, etc. It does get a bit old and redundant but I guess that’s inevitable. They manage to balance the male/female divide of their readership and they look at things from a Jordanian angle. Not to mention that its design is pretty wicked. There’s a piece in this month’s issue about the “Greatest Jordanian Documentaries” that’s worth checking out. Our own Lina Ejailat is mentioned with her “El-Balad” documentary, which I would love to see some day.
Also, they have a sense of humor, which I think is important when you’re looking for a magazine that can numb your mind pretty well. Read their “exclusive (kind of) interview” with Lindsey Lohan this month…
Pulp: Lindsey, it’s so amazing to have you here in Amman. There are so many things that we are excited to find out about directly from you, you know? We want to get down to the facts.
LL: Oh my God, am I in Amman? My publicist totally told me I was flying to Jordan. Either way, I’m really happy to be here. I love your magazine by the way. I read the whole thing to Paris (Hilton) a couple of nights ago – she really appreciates it when I read to her because she can’t read.