As a public relations gal, I often pitch content for magazine nationwide. I’ve even been known to write an article or two. And certainly, I’ve sent my opinion to several magazines via interactive polls and through social media.
But, is Rolling Stones Magazine’s most recent publicity stunt – having people like you and me choose the next cover of Rolling Stone from a list of unsigned bands – going a bit far?
I regard many magazines as experts – certainly more knowledgeable than me. I also regard the cover of Rolling Stone as an honor one gets through hard work and success (or controversy) in the world of pop culture.
So, is letting a gal like me – who often prefers Glee’s version of songs to the original “artists” who sang them (I am talking to you, Bob Dylan) – pick a Rolling Stone cover turning a media institution into just another reality show in our already reality-soaked lives?
My two cents – if I was voting on people who’ve accomplished something in the field and been snubbed, I think I’d do a great job. Choosing unsigned folks to be on a cover? A little too American Idol for Rolling Stone, even if Stephen Tyler was the judge…