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A socio-economic experiment
I was going through my archive of Russian magazines from 1905—1907 and noticed I am much more likely to examine ads in them than I am to look at ads on Twitter or Instagram.
That made me remember that, when I was a kid, I found it amusing to look at personal ads in local newspapers and magazines too. There was a goofiness and an innocence about them.
Maybe you’re looking for a job or a worker, or for companionship; perhaps you have something to sell; or you might have have a Substack of your own that would appeal to my audience. You could have an important message to share: a warning about UFOs, DMT, or AI, or a piece of political propaganda that got into your brain and wants to go further. Maybe your band needs a drummer. Or you just want to say HEY.
Give $5 to a good cause, formulate the message that you want transmitted, and I’ll publish it. I’ll try to add a personal touch to every submission: I might draw a little illustration, or play with the typography, or put a old-fashioned frame around the message—the ads you see in this post will serve as inspiration. If I want to edit the text, I’ll run it by you first.
Depending on the volume of requests I receive, I’ll either make a dedicated ad-only issue, The Psychopolitica Bulletin or something, or simply start inserting small ads into my usual content.
I don’t think advertisement has to be the pollution it usually is. We can treat it as a creative and collaborative endeavor. We can connect through it in fun, playful ways.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com.