Fishy - newspapers behind it?
If you look at the craigslist blog for April, and see all the distortions printed by the New York Times about craigslist, I really begin to wonder if it isn't the newspaper industry that is at least partly behind this smearing campaign against craigslist. Because we know that craigslist has cost the newspaper industry a fair amount of money in classified advertising revenue over the last few years.
Someone at Baylor posted a comment on the blog that their study of CL's switch from "erotic services" to "adult services" (as compelled by the marauding AG's like Blumenthal) revealed that the change actually only had a temporary effect on CL's "erotic" posting volume (posters eventually found ways to code their messages in different ways), but prior to the resurgence in posts on CL, it resulted in a huge up-tick in business for other "adult services" advertising vehicles beyond craigslist. (ie the Village Voice's "back page", which is actually home to much more blatant prostitution advertising than CL nowadays)
Apparently now many crusaders are trying to get them to shut down ALL personals ads entirely.
Well I think the following blog comment there pretty much sums it up:
I am boycotting Craigslist for their role in this. I am boycotting San Francisco, for hosting Craigslist, California for funding San Francisco and America for being funded by San Francisco. I am boycotting The Internet for carrying your evil-laden messages.