I was in Ft. Lauderdale for work last week and picked up a copy of the Miami New Times (a Village Voice Media property owned by the same company that owns CityPages) along A1A. One thing that jumped out at me in this publication was the massive number of drug pushing pages.
Could someone explain to me why the Miami New Times has 11 full color pages of pain clinic ads? What are they pushing at places like this?
In Miami, the pain clinic ads dwarf the escort ads. It’s serious business.
As I thought about this more, I’ve come to the realization that alt-weeklies only need to create enough content for plausible deniability. Few people would be willing to pick up a magazine consisting solely of Backpage ads for hookers and drugs. But if you put something resembling actual reporting on the cover – or a restaurant review – you have enough journalism to provide cover for sex & drug addicts only interested in the Backpage ads.
It makes me wonder why CityPages has moved toward prick-tease covers over the illusion of reporting for their cover stories. Why not at least pretend on the cover to be doing valuable stories so dudes leaving bars will look a little less creepy picking up the rag?
Sure, they could actually provide a valuable venue for local coverage of un and underreported stories, but that seems to be less and less the case these days.