"Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck." That was the tweet sent out by the Boston Phoenix the eve the world found out the legendary, nearly half-a-century-old publication would be shutting down. Its loss was mourned acutely and by many, perhaps most eloquently by Phoenix alums Susan Orlean and former Voice staff writer and current Gawker senior editor Camille Dodero. But not all is lost: Earlier this week, former Phoenix staffers announced the launch of a new alt-weekly, one that started taking shape as the paper fell apart.
Welcome "The Media." With a subversive URL, a radically simple ad-free design, and plans to raise funds by donation buttons and lemonade stands, former Phoenix assistant music editor Liz Pelly and production artist Faye Orlove published The Media's first issue on Wednesday. The Voice spoke to The Media's editorial and creative directors over the phone about the publication's journalistic direction, how they plan to keep it going, why they made it their mission to "save the spirit" of the alt-weekly.
Is it alright if I record this for my notes?
Liz Pelly: Yeah, totally. And thanks for being interested in writing about The Media.
LP: I should specify--the name of the publication is actually "The Media." Everyone keeps referring to it as if it were titled, "Fuck the Media," but that's just the URL.
Why make the URL "Fuck the Media"?
LP: Honestly, The Media was taken. We didn't want to take ourselves too seriously and we thought it was a super tongue-in-cheek way to find a home for our newspaper.More »