I love the culture to be found in magazine covers -- it is a mirror to ourselves in U.S. society. And of course, I think the New Yorker and New York Magazine covers capture sophisticated culture, not pop culture, the best. For our culture of fear and the political year that had moment-after-moment of surprises, twists and turns, my favorite is the New Yorker cover at left. The War on Terror remains in our subconscious, a never ending nightmare.
The culture of hope, as in Obamahope, is Time's #1 magazine cover for the year (below, right).
Mart Pasetsky's 2008 cover awards give a glimpse of some of the year's best. I leave you with this, the year the internet surpassed everything but tv for national and international news.
Magazines should stay tangible for the cultural mirror they illustrate and this makes them most medialistically relevant.
Our wrappers, our visual literacy, ourselves, our statements.