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Searching for the cutting edge in DIY discourse, Todd P turns to . . . a print 'zine

Speaking of uphill battles, isn't printed matter itself a bit of an anachronism in the age of the MySpace bulletin? "I'm a total techno-baby," explains Ahearn. "I use terms like 'dead trees' for paper. The first issue of Showpaperis already slightly yellow. It wouldn't necessarily work so well as a time capsule, [but] it is both a part of the scene and a record of the scene."

"Remember when the Internet first came around, how everybody thought it was going to make underground shit easier to happen and get heard about, and that everything was going to be decentralized and better?" Todd P. asks. "Well, it didn't work out that way—if anything, independent rock is more dictated and commercial than it was before the Internet. So we made a conscious decision to keep Showpaper off the Internet. There's not much organized opposition to the indie-rock regime at the moment; the whole thing has turned into a more gentrified, adult-contemporary, NPR, New Yorker vibe. The paper's purpose is to get back to what a punk-rock scene is supposed to be about—young people and underground, grassroots shit."

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