August 31, 2018: A Voice Silenced

I’m so sad about the Village Voice ending publication. When I became a frequent visitor to New York City back in 2001 (and a NYC resident 6 years later), I was excited to grab the Village Voice to read articles on daily city life. Every time I visited Manhattan and passed by those little red boxes, I was curious on what eye-catching story would be featured next.

Although the current owner of the Village Voice is encouraging everyone to view digital archives of this weekly paper, a vibrant piece of New York pop culture is now gone. future generations will never know the joy of picking up  a free copy of the Village Voice while wandering around the neighborhood. Each story reflected a piece of the city’s diverse way of living.

It’s very saddening to learn about the demise of the Village Voice. It didn’t have to happen like this. More than ever, we need publications that express free thinking and criticism of local issues, and the Voice was an important outlet in expressing various topics.

Sources:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/business/media/the-village-voice-closes.html

https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/village-voice-news-layoff.php

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