e life."

That's the spirit. Godspeed, Matt!

"Aren't there some anti-trust issues involved here? Can competitors conspire to limit competition?"

Anti-trust laws, as far as I know, apply to finite quantities (such as steel -- remember the original anti-trust laws were applied to steel and railroad magnates). "Information" (news) is not a finite quantity, though our government supposedly secures the right to a free press (I say supposedly, because campaign finance laws abridge freedom of the press and of speech -- a sort of separate subject, but I'm willing to take on whomever thinks otherwise....). As long as a "one industry town" newspaper is free to make greedy profits and kill the competition (ah what competition? -- when our country produces ever greater quantities of illiterates and/or individuals without the taste for reading), I'm afraid there's not much you can do.

Unless, that is, one pulls off creating a crisp new alternative daily....

Posted by: Robert Light at October 2, 2002 06:21 PM

So you're gonna go Seattle on their asses, eh? Well, I can't say I blame you.

This really sucks. In all respects except event listings, the New Times was the better alt-weekly in L.A.

Posted by: Jesse Walker at October 2, 2002 07:02 PM

I went to law school to study media antitrust and I thought the enemy was Gannett. Now even the little faux liberal guy can be a real worm. Unfortunately, there's not much to study because now almost anything goes.

The Cleveland URL switch was truly gross because I had a job opening for a sales person from there...fortunately I found her via the aan.org listing that was still up and called her at home. You'd think they'd have the decency to leave email alone for a few days so people could get jobs.

I spent eight years in the "alternative industry" and all these old folks beefing up their corporate empires so they can sell out and retire and play golf make me want to vomit.

An alternative newspaper is not a get rich quick scheme. If you don't care about informing your community, give your paper to the homeless instead of selling to one of the chains and write it off on your taxes.

Posted by: Jessica L. Benjamin at October 3, 2002 10:56 AM
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