Goodbye: An Open Letter to Make Magazine

Dear Make Magazine,

It’s over. I’m done with you.

I like the idea of a magazine dedicated to DIY culture, but (as of late) the “Maker Revolution” is to “the next industrial revolution” as “breast implants” are to “inner beauty”. I’ll admit: you have your moments now and then. But, standards have fallen; currently your magazine is at best a tribute to mediocrity, and at worst it’s a cargo cult.

For me, the last straw was Save My Oceans Upcycle Contest, Win an iPad, reprinted here. To raise awareness of water contaminated by decomposing plastic, you promote it with a DIY project that puts plastic in water. Apparently you’re under the impression that plastic intentionally placed into a body of water is not the same as global pollution. Whether that’s explained by you (and the rest of the community) being evil, ironic, or just plain ignorant of science, I don’t want any part of it.

Also, the fact that the reward in this contest is an iPad — from a company whose policies are 100% at odds with the DIY culture you claim to represent — is really incongruous.

Here are 5 other significant factors that made me lose faith in Make.

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