Standpoint: Understanding our emerging culture II

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Back in September 2007, I blogged this piece about some of the key magazines and journals/e-zines that I subscribe to, in order to keep my pulse on emerging culture in terms of culture, art, writing, music, movies, politics, economics, science etc.

I've just been sent a preview copy of a new magazine that has made it straight onto this list, and I'm going to subscribe Standpoint for sure.

Standpoint describe themselves as:

"Standpoint is a monthly cultural and political magazine published by Social Affairs Unit Magazines Ltd, a subsidiary of the Social Affairs Unit (Registered Charity No. 281530).

MISSION STATEMENT

Standpoint’s core mission is to celebrate our civilization, its arts and its values – in particular democracy, debate and freedom of speech – at a time when they are under threat. Standpoint aims to be an antidote to the parochialism of British political magazines and to introduce British readers to brilliant writers and thinkers from across the Atlantic, across the Channel and around the world.

In a market swamped by the journalistic equivalent of fast food, Standpoint hopes to offer the discerning reader a feast of great writing -- properly edited and presented in an elegant design that makes even longer pieces a pleasure to read. Unashamedly highbrow in an era of relentless ‘dumbing down,’ it responds to the unfulfilled needs of the educated public.

Standpoint aims to provide an opportunity for a fresh, truly international cast of writers to explore the timely and the timeless. It will offer a guide for those perplexed by the 21st century and a running commentary for those who are happy to embrace it. In a world of rapid change, Standpoint is an indispensable resource and companion."