Buzzsaw has been around for 10 years; questioning authority, mocking culture, reviewing bands you’ve never heard of and pointing out hypocrisy at Ithaca College. You could call it an institution.
From its inception, Buzzsaw has existed on the fringe of the campus community. Every semester the issues pile up in The Ithacan boxes, waiting to be read by the dedicated reader or the curious passer-by, but Buzzsaw doesn’t exist for the masses. Buzzsaw exists for those who can see through the bullshit, those who are tired of our two-faced society, those who want to get away from force-fed entertainment. It’s a pompous, self-congratulatory thing to say, but it’s the truth, and the truth is what Buzzsaw strives for.
Buzzsaw Haircut was founded by a group of students pissed off enough at the community and world around them to start writing about it. Those who continued the magazine are cut from the same cloth. Sure, we may have added sections, dropped sections, stopped writing rants, started printing fiction, changed the font, or changed the name, but we never forgot where (or why) the magazine started. In the following pages you’ll see the evolution of Buzzsaw (Haircut). We couldn’t reprint every article, and your favorite might be missing, but we think these articles represent the spirit of Buzzsaw.
So this is for everyone who’s contributed to Buzzsaw over the years: the cultural warriors, the political activists, the satirists, the artists, the angry, the kids who knew from age 11 that the world is full of bullshit.
And, as always, our goal is that our readers walk away inspired, motivated, or enraged enough to continue the discussions started in these pages. Thank you. It’s been a great 10 years deconstructing society, pop culture, politics, college life and dominant Western beliefs and getting away with it. Here’s to another 10.