Dallas' independent source of local news and culture. Eric Celeste July 25, AM. In fact, during this time I was an intern at a stuffy corporation that I won't name American Airlinesand one of my few on-the-job joys was the Thursday-morning coffee klatch in a co-worker's cube. She and I would read aloud the best we could find from that week's Observer --"best" meaning the most explicit or inappropriate--and laugh merrily.
The point here is not that I had a huge crush on this co-worker. The point is that I developed a fondness for sexually explicit advertisements, and not because I ever tried out their services.
Although, if you throw strip clubs in there, well I just thought a publication that mixed coverage of hard news, trends, fine arts and local music with s and s of sex was cool. It more closely resembled real life to me than the sanitized reflection offered by the mainstream press, even more so as the paper grew and hired better writers and packed its s with even more featuring women whose names end in "y. Holding this opinion now puts me in the Draper escort classified in Dallas.
The Dallas Morning Newsafter a brief fling with "escort" see 98 for examples of suchdecided to drop them and all such sexually explicit beginning August 1. She has already banished the personal to online only. Me, I don't have a problem with that. Anyone with my hotel pay-per-view record would have a hard time criticizing folks doing what it takes to ease their way through the night.
But the News ' advertisers and readers are a different breed. They have clear moral values. And you can bet they raised holy hell.
He says a letter was recently sent to adult advertisers telling them that gentlemen's clubs a. Which means you'll probably still see some for New Fine Arts and other video shops near your box scores, but nothing more. Even though some daily papers are putting their toes in the dirty waters of sexual advertising--papers in Detroit, Chicago and Atlanta, for example--the DMN is backing away because Dallas is a more conservative market.
It's the same reason the Observer runs less explicit than other papers owned by Phoenix-based New Times.
It's not the only reason, though. They push the boundaries of tasteful verbiage and presentation every week.
I hear a complaint from a reader or advertiser about those every day of every week. She has reduced the of escort ad s from four to two on average and threatens to take it even smaller.
She says she doesn't get complaints about, nor does she have a big problem with, topless-club. She wants to move to hehots only on the photographs that run with the .
She has cleaned up the language--some might say forced the advertisers to be less truthful. No longer do you see copy points such as "horny girls" or "barely Doesn't matter. The sex trade is not affected by the bear market.
But why run them at all, if they're so terrible, if some higher-end advertisers automotive, some restaurants say they would be more willing to buy if we cleaned up? Why stay a little bit pregnant? Aside from the fact they're stuffing our pockets with cash, of course. Which means we will continue to run them, but we will watch content and presentation. And so many readers and advertisers fixate on theseI suppose it makes sense to do whatever it takes to diminish their impact. But I still don't see why a paper that prides itself on describing to its readers the messy, slimy, adult way the world really works should be so ashamed of titillating advertisements.
Let's call them what they are," says Dallas Observer editor Julie Lyons. I think they're disgusting. They embarrass me Alison's decision to tone them down, to reduce the we run and move out the worst offenders was the most courageous thing I've ever seen a publisher do. Remember that she did this during a recession. We're a better paper because of it, and her decision hasn't hurt us financially.
If we get rid of all of them, I think we'll do even better. But I'm still torn as to whether running such is a bad thing. I know it's good business, at least in terms of dollars and cents. I don't care what anyone says; if this newspaper opened its doors Draper escort classified every whore, hooker, harlot, stripper, dominatrix, gigolo, stud, pimp, madam and porn star in Dallas, it would make a lot more money than anything it could recoup from a few more "respectable" advertisers.
But if you decide that it shouldn't only be about the money, that the we run in the paper set a tone that should be monitored, fine. Then run the because you're "alternative," sanitize them because they offend you, take enough money to cover the cost of producing those s because you're a business and donate every other cent you make from escort to a women's shelter because you think it's the right thing to do.
And stop forcing me to question my moral ambiguity. It makes me uncomfortable.
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