No, I think it's brilliant. I think we'd see more interesting writing on the internet if it didn't always start with the goal of acquiring and maintaining an audience.
EDIT: A 'zine isn't a perfect analogy, since someone who published it would know how many they printed. A freely copyable newsletter would probably be a stronger analog.
If you’re doing sudo cat | sed -e s/¥n/¥n#¥ / >> /etc/resolv.conf, that’s sad indeed