Re: Evolving focus of the magazine - not in my direction
All things change to align with where the money and viewership (aka money ) is, TOH is no different. At its inception, the TOH program was about DIY repairs and maintenance of, you guessed it, YOUR OLD HOUSE. Bob Vila can be credited with moving the focus away from DIY to contractor based work. As the years march forward, the show has increasingly focused on not only contractor based work, but very high dollar renovations, the likes that few can really afford. Still, the core hosts of the show do a good job of conveying what quality work is, what to look for in contractors and materials, etc.
The magazine is little more than an extension of the show, purveying what is fad and "hot", in as few words as possible so as to keep plenty of space for the paid advertising. I agree that the magazine is of little value. Heck, a few years ago I was asked to do a review of a leaf blower. I spent a lot of time to really give an insightful review of the product, which was literally cut and quoted to 10 words or less when it went to publishing, utterly useless for anyone looking for information on the product.
Suffice it to say, you will be hard pressed to find a print magazine with any useful information. The last decent TV show I watched was Home Time, where DIY work was still the focus of the show. That is not to say that they didn't use contractors, but they at least told you why a contractor was being used and what to watch out for when hiring a contractor. I will still watch TOH on occasion, but it's an entertainment show, not something used for information.
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