January 2009, the Universal Sadness Issue
|Editors||Rocco Castoro (editor-in-chief) Andy Capper (global editor)|
|Founder||Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, Gavin McInnes|
|Based in||New York City, New York|
Vice is an international magazine focused on arts, culture, and news topics. Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in later years the company expanded into VICE Media, with divisions including the magazine, a website, a film production company, a record label, and a publishing imprint. As of March 2013, the magazine's editor-in-chief is Rocco Castoro and its global editor is documentary filmmaker Andy Capper.
The magazine's editors have championed the "Immersionist" school of journalism, regarded as a DIY antithesis to the methods practiced by mainstream news outlets, and the monthly publication is frequently focused on a single theme.
The magazine is available free of charge in twenty-eight countries and is financed by advertising. As of 20 August 2013[update], the Vice YouTube channel has three million subscribers.
Established by Suroosh Alvi, Shane Smith, and Gavin McInnes, the magazine was launched in 1994 as the Voice of Montreal with government funding, and the intention of the founders was to provide work and a community service.
When the editors later sought to dissolve their commitments with the original publisher Alix Laurent, they bought him out and changed the name to Vice in 1996. Apparently unhappy in Canada, and in search of more streetwear advertising income, the magazine's personnel relocated to New York City in 1999. Andy Capper co-founded the UK division of Vice with Andrew Creighton.
Numerous media sources reported in mid-August 2013 that Rupert Murdoch's corporation 21st Century Fox had invested US$70 million in Vice Media, resulting in a 5 percent stake. Following the announcement, Smith explained, "We have set ourselves up to build a global platform but we have maintained control."
- Rocco Castoro - editor-in-chief as of March 2013
- Andy Capper - global editor as of March 2013
- Jesse Pearson - editor-in-chief for eight years, until his resignation in December 2010.
- Adam Gollner - editor while the magazine was in Canada
VICE includes the work of journalists, columnists, fiction writers, graphic artists and cartoonists, and photographers. Vice's content has shifted from dealing mostly with independent arts and pop cultural matters to covering more serious news topics. The magazine's editors have championed the "Immersionist" school of journalism, regarded as something of a DIY antithesis to the methods practiced by mainstream news outlets, and has published an entire issue of articles that were written in accordance with the ethos. Entire issues of the magazine have also been dedicated to the concerns of Iraqi people, Native Americans, Russian people, people with mental disorders, and people with mental disabilities. Vice also publishes an annual guide for students in the United Kingdom.
In 2007, a Vice announcement was published on the Internet: "After umpteen years of putting out what amounted to a reference book every month, we started to get bored with it. Besides, too many other magazines have ripped it and started doing their own lame take on themes. So we're going to do some issues, starting now, that have whatever we feel like putting in them."
In a March 2008 interview with The Guardian, Smith was asked about the magazine's political allegiances and he stated, "We're not trying to say anything politically in a paradigmatic left/right way ... We don't do that because we don't believe in either side. Are my politics Democrat or Republican? I think both are horrific. And it doesn't matter anyway. Money runs America; money runs everywhere."
Founder Smith has stated: "I grew up being a socialist and I have problems with it because I grew up in Canada [and] I’ve spent a lot of time in Scandinavia, where I believe countries legislate out creativity. They cut off the tall trees. Everyone’s a C-minus. I came to America from Canada because Canada is stultifyingly boring and incredibly hypocritical. Thanks, Canada."
|Alexa rank||1,542 (August 2013[update])|
VICE originally founded their website as Viceland.com in 1996, as Vice.com was already owned. In 2007, they started VBS.tv as a domain, which prioritized videos over print, and had a number of shows for free such as The Vice Guide to Travel. In 2011, both Viceland.com and VBS.tv were combined into VICE.com.
The following are categories on the website as of August 2013[update]:
- NSFW (Not Safe For Work)
- Dos & Don'ts
The magazine has published the collections The DOs and DON'Ts Book and The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll. In 2008, the photograph compilation The Vice Photo Book was released and featured published works from previous editions of the magazine.[dead link]
|Parent company||VICE Media|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Brooklyn, New York
VICE Records or VICE Music, founded in 2002, has released albums and singles by the following artists through various major label distributors:
VICE Film, VBS.tv,
Vice releases documentaries and television shows through Vice Films, many of which have won awards or been aired on major channels such as HBO.
The channel and website VBS.tv began as a deal between Viacom-owned MTV Networks and Logo Group. In March 2007, the VBS.tv network was formed; MTV funded its formation and Vice magazine would supply the content. The videos and documentaries, such as the Vice Guide to Travel (2006), are accessible on the Internet-based Vice channel.
According to Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi, "traditional journalism always aspires to objectivity, and since day one with the magazine we never believed in that...Our ethos is subjectivity with real substantiation. I don't think you see that on CNN." Vice Films released the feature length rockumentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad in 2008, which follows the thrash metal band Acrassicauda in Iraq. The New York Times praised the production and reporting, calling it a "splendid feat of D.I.Y. reportage...Both a stirring testament to the plight of cultural expression in Baghdad and a striking report on the refugee scene in Syria, this rock-doc like no other electrifies its genre and redefines headbanging as an act of hard-core courage."
Vice Films had its first theatrical release White Lightnin' in 2009, and a documentary on professional bull riders, entitled The Ride, in 2010. The MTV series The Vice Guide to Everything premiered in December 2010 and features Vice films, as well as new material.
Reincarnated, a documentary film on Snoop Dogg's transformation into reggae artist and Rastafarian Snoop Lion, was released in 2013, while, in April 2013, the Vice YouTube channel reached over 2,000,000 subscribers.
Vice, a news series featuring founder Smith, debuted on HBO on April 5, 2013. Lil Bub & Friendz, a feature documentary about meme cats such as Grumpy Cat, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, 2013 and won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film.
|Vice Guide to Travel||Documentary film series||VBS.tv||VBS.tv, MTV2||2006|
|True Norwegian Black Metal||Documentary film series||VBS.tv||VBS.tv||2007|
|Heavy Metal in Baghdad||Rockumentary||VBS.tv||VBS.tv, film festivals||2007|
|White Lightnin'||Dramatic feature||VICE Films||Film festivals||2009|
|The Vice Guide to Everything||Television series||VBS.tv||MTV2||2010|
|Rule Britannia||Documentary film series||VBS.tv||VBS.tv||2010|
|The Ride||Documentary feature||VICE Films||Film festivals||2010|
|The Fourth Dimension||Three short films||VICE Films||Film festivals||2012|
|Lil Bub & Friendz||Documentary feature||VICE Films||Film festivals||2013|
|Reincarnated||Documentary feature||VICE Films||Film festivals||2013|
HBO VICE (TV Series)
|1||Killer Kids ||In the Philippines, election season is more like hunting season as rivals simply rub out their opponents instead of defeating them at the polls. In Afghanistan, senior members of the Taliban are now manipulating children and teenagers into carrying out their suicide bombings.||Apr. 5, 2013|
|2||Bad Borders ||North Koreans cross the border into China illegally every year—some via a modern-day underground railroad to freedom and eventual citizenship in South Korea. VICE visits the most dangerous place in the world: Kashmir's line of control, which partially occupies the Indian state and separates India from Pakistan.||Apr. 12, 2013|
|3||Guns & Ammo ||'Gun School' VICE visits the New Life Baptist Church & Academy in Albuquerque, NM, where Pastor Larry Allen preaches guns and teaches guns. 'Toxic Iraq' After ravaging Iraq over the past decade, the U.S. is finally exiting the country—leaving behind a toxic cesspool of military waste.||Apr. 19, 2013|
|4||Love & Rockets ||Chinese Cockblock' In China, where marrying-age men outnumber women by the millions, VICE looks at a lucrative business catered to matchmaking and the bachelors who use such services. 'European Meltdown' With their economy in the toilet and no jobs to be had, Europe's youth are taking to the streets to demand radical changes.||Apr. 26, 2013|
|5||Winners & Losers ||'Mormon Lost Boys' Young men have been thrown out of their homes because of an edict allowing polygamist church elders to monopolize young girls. 'The Fat Farms of Mauritania' In the West African country of Mauritania, parents send their daughters to rural fattening camps. 'Mumbai Slumscraper' A visit to Mumbai, where slums sit below billion-dollar, single-family skyscrapers.||May 3, 2013|
|6||Corruption ||Fifteen years ago, China changed its policy so people could buy their own homes. Real-estate investments boomed, and new cities began popping up. The problem is: people don't live in what have become 'ghost cities.' Over two years ago, Arab Spring climaxed in the overthrow of President Mubarak in Egypt. But for many Egyptians, the situation has actually gotten worse.||May 10, 2013|
|7||Addiction ||In Indonesia, VICE visits a clinic that promises cures to a plethora of modern ailments through tobacco and smoking. Ibogaine is a drug made out of the African iboga root, whose intense, hallucinogenic properties have many believing it can cure heroin addiction if used in conjunction with a voodoo-type ritual that involves face paint and chanting.||May 17, 2013|
|8||Fighting Chances ||The most popular sport in the West African country of Senegal isn't soccer—it's laamb, combining Greco-Roman wrestling moves with eclectic pre-fight rituals and dances. The global sea level rose by 22 cms in the past 100 years—and is expected to rise even faster in the years to come. The evidence can be seen in Venice, the Maldives, and beyond.||May 31, 2013|
|9||Gangs and Oil ||The lethal combination of gangs and guns has turned Chicago into a war zone. VICE visits the city's most dangerous areas; oil theft has become big business in Nigeria. In this segment, VICE travels to Africa's oil-producing region to meet with oil thieves, and follows one farmer's attempt to sue a foreign oil company for poisoning his family's land.||Jun. 7, 2013|
|10||The Hermit Kingdom ||VICE makes history on a trip to North Korea to play hoops and meet with supreme leader Kim Jong-un. With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE traveled to the capital of Pyongyang for a tour of the city, a basketball clinic, an exhibition game, and a first-ever meeting between the leader and an American delegation.||Jun. 14, 2013|
Old Blue Last Pub
VICE runs a pub and music venue in Shoreditch, east London named The Old Blue Last, in which a live music program entitled "Live at the Old Blue Last" is filmed. After VICE bought the Old Blue Last in 2004 it underwent a series of improvements, with most taking place in 2010. Bands who have played at the venue include Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Chromeo, Black Lips, and Florence + the Machine.
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