R.I.P. Village Voice

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Re: R.I.P. Village Voice

Postby Sonic Youth » Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:50 pm

Today was the day they were supposed to negotiate with the unions. Instead, they folded the paper. Nice.

In college, I'd look over the table of contents and buy a copy if anything appealed to me. That would be every 3-4 weeks, so you could say I was a regular irregular reader. It's how Wayne Barrett, Jules Feiffer, J. Hoberman, Dennis Lim, Robert Christgau, Amy Taubin, James Ridgeway, Michael Tomasky and Michael Musto became familiar names to me. Nat Hentoff died earlier this year; Wayne Barrett followed a few short weeks later. If the New York Times is the "Gray Old Lady", the Voice was its long ailing rebellious kid sister, and a shadow of what it once was. Very sad.

I've only subscribed to two papers in my life, the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. The latter ended its print edition years ago, and by then I let my subscription lapse long before. The Times is chugging along, but I only subscribe to its digital edition. I guess I'm part of the problem, too. (BTW, I went to school in mid-state New York. You had to pay for the Voice, whether it was free in NYC or not.)
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Re: R.I.P. Village Voice

Postby OscarGuy » Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:59 pm

I think I read elsewhere that they went free print in 1996.
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Re: R.I.P. Village Voice

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:00 pm

Big Magilla wrote:Quote from the article: "The publication, which was once considered an important voice and platform, has long been distributed for free around New York City."

I had no idea! 

Yeah, for a long time, now. Maybe since the 90s?

The weird thing is, I picked it up far more frequently when it cost money than I ever did when it was free.

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Re: R.I.P. Village Voice

Postby Big Magilla » Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:22 pm

Quote from the article: "The publication, which was once considered an important voice and platform, has long been distributed for free around New York City."

I had no idea! 

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R.I.P. Village Voice

Postby Mister Tee » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:44 pm

Well, the print edition, anyway.

Honestly, I'm part of the problem, as I haven't read it in years. But from my high school years onward, it was a vital part of the city and seeing life through a lens beyond the major networks.

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