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Prostitution will save newspapers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by PeteyPirate, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I think the premise is a little far-fetched, but here you go. I do agree with the CL CEO that it's hypocritical to take legal action to stop the ads in one medium and ignore them in another.

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/06/craigslists-forced-censorship-of-erotic-ads-saves-journalism-industry/
     
  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    What's the name of the free paper St. Pete puts out?
     
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Except for the little daily in the town where I grew up, every sports section I worked on ran ads for strip clubs and/or porn shops. In Florida, we ran ads for massage parlors or "modeling studios" that promised "on-site dating." Quaint euphemism for screwing.

    Alt weeklies are a little more between a rock and, well, a hard place. When the oldest of them began publishing in the 1960s, it would have been difficult to on the one hand advocate personal sexual freedom and freedom of speech and on the other hand censor advertising. So they let almost anything run.

    Boulder Weekly's publisher wrote an interesting overview in 2001 after deciding to stop running the sex ads. At some point after he wrote it, though, the paper decided to resume running sex ads except for those that were blatantly exploitive of women. I think that's a fair dividing line, although it's a subjective one.

    http://archive.boulderweekly.com/110101/stewsviews.html
     
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    We have ads for "Asian" massage parlors, many of which offer "All New Staff!"

    Lots of turnover at those places :D

    (PS: A whole bunch of them got busted for being whore houses a few years back in a sting.)
     
  5. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    TBT*
     
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    If I had only read the lede and not seen the URL, I would have guessed it was a piece from The Onion.
     
  7. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    The Post has always ran those massage parlor ads.....not that I ever visited one in college or anything. ;)

    Even my hometown paper, a 15K -- and shrinking -- runs ads for a few of the strip clubs across the border in West Virginia.
     
  8. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    hell, the dallas morning news used to run ads for escorts in the service guide of the classified section.
     
  9. HorseWhipped

    HorseWhipped Guest

    And yet they are fine with screwing us inside the building.

    What the hell, I thought maybe it oughta be said (again).
     
  10. mediaguy

    mediaguy Active Member

    Search for any big city name on Twitter and you'll find an alarming number of tweets from, um, available people who I suppose are too on-the-go for Craigslist. Let's just say there are some things that can be easily conveyed in 140 characters ...
     
  11. Keystone

    Keystone Member

    My former shop always ran massage parlor ads in sports. It was funny the other week when the metro page had a front page story of two of them getting busted, and ads for the same runs on page C4 of sports.
     
  12. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    My city effectively closed down massage parlors by requiring them to have a state-licensed massage therapist on duty at all times. Brilliant strategy.
     
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