First, a disclaimer. I worked for the L.A. Weekly in the early 80’s. I worked for the Village Voicein the early 90’s. I worked for the New Times in the late 90’s. I work currently for the L.A. Weekly. Talk about moons, and Junes and Ferris wheels!
Like everyone else at the Weekly, I have no idea howf this will change the paper. I suspect it will mean a lot of changes. I don’t know what they are. Nor their intensity or character. But in pondering this merger of the two biggest chains of metro weeklies I think there are some realities that are overlooked in the notion that this simply spells the “death of alternative journalism,” that this is necessarily some historic turning point.
Some thoughts, in no particular order:
"Alternative journalism," at least defined by the nostalgic vision of a lot of laid-back folks in earth shoes and turtle-necks working happily and lovingly late into the night to put out a spunky tabloid full of futon ads, died a long time ago... (click here to read more)