Thursday, July 19, 2007

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot ...

Our vigilant interest in New Times Village Voice Media has taught us many important lessons (when in doubt, think with your dick, for instance), and this week we once again learn that in one's pursuit of that heady, chode-scented brew of sod and sweat ( ahem), one is never exempt from the swift steel of the guillotine. We can only imagine that the human resources department of New Times Village Voice Media is a busy, busy place.

LA Observed reports on the departure of Kate Sullivan (her blog is here, but she didn't grant us permission to read it -- don't tell her we sent you). She is being replaced by Randall Roberts of the highly-esteemed Riverfront Times, who proves he's a dutiful soldier in New Times' Village Voice Media's assault on language by saying, "My plan all along was to be in LA. Getting the job was the icing." (His inscrutable blog is here.) The analogy brings to mind that timeless chestnut from web-guru-cum-music-writer Bill Jensen: "At some point, the bullshit gets so thick that you have to flush the toilet and clear the air."

Speaking of Bill, the SFist posted a letter from his departing underling, SF Weekly web editor Matt Stroud, who apparently doesn't know how to take marching orders from vaguely threatening out-of-town bosses, and who was a little put off when he realized said bosses were encouraging a bit more bloodlust in a publicity-stunt boxing match with a crosstown rival from the SF Bay Guardian. Seriously. Needless to say, this seems hilariously ill-timed for the Weekly.


Anonymous said...

You're scared of the Hoff. That's why you stopped posting in the first place.

Anonymous said...

VVM just laid off another worker at the Village Voice Newspaper in their listings department. Now their listings department is the same size as Phoenix's. I had no idea there was so little happening in New York City.

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