The Last Word
The Last Word is a strongly worded left-leaning populist zine that began in Highland Heights, Kentucky, in 1993 and is still published in Bellevue, Kentucky. To date, over 400 issues have been published.
The Last Word began as a print zine but evolved into an online zine. This zine aroused so much controversy in the late 1990s that text-only copies of it were repeatedly deleted from Usenet, even if they were only posted on one newsgroup.
The Last Word is one of few zines to issue endorsements in local, state, and national elections. In 2000 it endorsed Ralph Nader for President of the United States. It usually endorses third party populists but has frequently favored Democrats in the absence of a more suitable candidate. The Last Word has also taken strong stances against racism and school uniforms and has strongly supported labor causes.
In the mid-1990s, phony copies of The Last Word that modified real articles to include inflammatory statements that were not in the original issues were distributed in various venues (both in print and online). Though details are sketchy, the editor of The Last Word has disavowed these fake articles.
The Last Word also features humor articles (many of which discuss the editor's former high school, which he has an extremely low opinion of) and often uses its own vocabulary (e.g., a bunker blast is the act of passing gas). This zine also makes up humorous nicknames for politicians it dislikes.