“Business-as-usual, politics-as-usual, and journalism-as-usual are failing us when it comes to addressing the climate threat. If there's to be any hope for the kind of bold action we need, a great deal of pressure must be brought from outside the system, in the form of a broad-based grassroots movement, in order to break the stranglehold of the big-money fossil fuel lobby on our politics. ”—A Convenient Excuse
By WEN STEPHENSON | October 31, 2012
The most important story you can read today.
“The media-watchers who’ve pontificated about the Phoenix’s transformation from newspaper to magazine have generally missed the real story entirely. If anyone wants to tell it, give me a call, I’ll be happy to walk you through it. Here’s the lede: A weekly magazine is an elegant solution to a series of problems – financial, aesthetic, journalistic -- that weekly newspapers cannot solve, and almost all of those problems stem from the internet being a better delivery vehicle for news and advertising than cheap newsprint. ”—An open letter in which Carly Carioli, longtime writer and editor at the Boston Phoenix, angrily and emphatically refutes Salon’s Goodbye, Alt-Weeklies story.
The Boston Phoenix, RIP
The Boston Phoenix, alt-weekly legend, award-winning newspaper, the place I worked out of college until I was 29, is ceasing publication as of the next issue. This is sad, sad news, for my pals and colleagues past and present, and for alternative, issue-based journalism in this country.
Write-In Zack Cordes For Boston's Best Comedian!
I don’t want to make a long speech about it, but people who know Zack Cordes, I mean really know him, know that he’s the nicest, sweetest guy on the planet. So naturally, people around the comedy scene in Boston treat him like shit. I want to see that change, and that’s why I’m staging a write-in campaign and make Zack Boston’s #1 comedian in the Phoenix Reader Poll. Then the Phoenix would HAVE to do a write-up on him and his profile would rise. People would have to give him the time of day. Plus it would be some honest recognition for all the work he puts in, often being forced to go last or extremely late at open mics and being treated like a pariah by people he looks up to.
All you have to do is click on the link and write his name in and vote (make sure after you vote you click FINISHED under 2nd step at the bottom, you then have to CONFIRM your vote) and do this every day until the contest ends. Do it from as many computers as you can, you can also do it from phones and iPods. I’ll try to keep reminding you, and if you could reblog and send it to friends we could really give him a shot. I think we can make this happen. Thanks!
I read a great article in the Boston Phoenix...
… about the Hearing Voices movement; a support group for people with Schizophrenia to talk openly with each other about how it feels to live with voices in your head. Really insightful.
Best quote for me:
“It helps that she has found a psychiatrist she likes - a man who, when she asks him what her diagnosis is, tells her she’s a human being.”
I want to marry that psychiatrist Or at least give him a giant hug.