Friday, May 19, 2006

Alt Weekly Blues

One of our readers writes:
Don't you find it a little sad the Metroland has resorted to using a syndicated front pager? More and more of the thing is ads and classifieds anyways ---and they can't write their own piece?
The front page story in question is about "corporate food" and was penned by well known Texas activist Jim Hightower. It originally appeared in the March edition of Lowdown, Hightower's newsletter. Jim Hightower's no slouch ---but when your local alternative press starts abandoning local reporting, you've got to wonder what's going on.

It's hard to say how many people are really interested in Metroland's news section and how many go directly to the reviews and arts listings. And the naughty bits. My sense is that there's a small core of earnest, conscientious folks who demand the other side of the story. And then there are the rest of us.