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New Time Cover Uses Call of Duty Image


Apparently, it’s an effort to attract more young male readers:

But anyone could be forgiven for thinking so after catching a glimpse of a strikingly authentic-looking mock issue of Time, which declares “World Stands on the Brink” and is being shown in GameStop stores across the country.

The cover image depicts an apocalyptic Wall Street, buildings charred and half blown out. The landmark American flag in front of the New York Stock Exchange is pock-marked from a bomb blast.

But the issue is actually a promotion from Activision, the maker of the video game Call of Duty. Time agreed to allow Activision to use its signature red-bordered cover and nameplate in a mock poster for the latest version of the game. It is the first time an authorized Time cover has been created to promote a commercial product.

Some might see it as a questionable use of one of the most coveted and symbolic pieces of real estate in journalism. But Time said that the question had been carefully considered and given approval after editors and executives realized they would be reaching a demographic that has eluded newsmagazines: young men.

“This is where the boys are,” said Kim Kelleher, Time’s publisher. “This is a great way to connect with millions of people we might not have otherwise connected with.”

Full story at NYT.


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