Verb Has Arrived

I picked up my copy this morning. It has more original writing than I thought it’d have — Alex Macpherson, who writes nearly all of Verb’s original material, is prolific — but as in Saskatoon, much of the paper’s content comes from All Headline News, which you can visit here (and hey, if you want to start your own paper — it’s a popular thing to do these days! — you can buy your very own AHN syndicated content here).

Maybe someone will have something to say about Verb in the next paper issue of prairie dog.  Who knows? In the meantime, share your opinions in the comments after this post. And if you haven’t and want to, you can read my original (and bitchy) post on Verb here.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth will never, ever pass up a chance to make a Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo pun.

12 thoughts on “Verb Has Arrived”

  1. Any original material or just re-treads of well-worn local issues? Plaza, Refinery, Stadium, etc. There’s another annoying trend out there, too, called “press-release journalism” whereby a journalist gets all their story ideas off a fax machine. Ghastly.

  2. There are two types of “alternative” – alternative form, such as Web, and alternative content, such as the Prairie Dog, for the most part. I guess by dint of its weekly status, Verb falls into the alternative form category, and by dint of its focus on entertainment, the alternative content category. I highly doubt we’re going to see any alternative social or political viewpoints presented, however, given its overall ambition to serve as a vehicle for mainstream business advertising.

    My over-arching concern remains: waste. PLEASE RECYCLE YOUR SPENT, THOROUGHLY READ COPIES OF VERB!

  3. I picked up my first copy, opened it and caught a nasty wiff of nastiness. The paper stinks like chemical.

  4. It should be called VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals) Yar har har!! Mine’s still sitting in the car – I should have cracked the windows. Guess I’m not all that eager to take a peak inside. Eventually.

  5. It’s not bad, and the writing is fine. I appreciate that it seems to have no slant at all. It’s slantless, but enchantless. Maybe that’s not so keen for an “alternative” but I would like to see this AMac guy writing for PostMedia. I like his style, in that, here’s the facts.

  6. Um … why is one of the tags for this story “Cute Plants”? Just wondering.

    Haven’t picked up a Verb yet so I can’t comment on its writing or content.

    If CJME calls it “alternative” that puts it somewhat left of ultra-right, doesn’t it?

  7. it’s like the douche bag version of the prairie dog…..oh wait, nevermind, the prairie dog is the douche bag version of the prairie dog.

  8. FYI – the majority of the Verb racks on campus are empty as most copies have been picked up. I know this because they were full last Friday when the paper appeared… while the stacks of The Dog, left untouched, rival that of The Carillon.

  9. CJSW,(similar to CJTR), Calgary , had a great music program called
    ” Alternative To What “..circa 1992 ish.

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