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Russ Smith: I really don't see any future for print weeklies. My oldest son is 16. He is in a band and plays in clubs around town. He's also a filmmaker. So he is an artsy kind of kid, and his interest is such that 25 years ago he would be the type to pick up a City Paper the day it came out. He never picks it up. He spends a lot of time waiting for a leak of the new Animal Collective release or something, but he doesn't pick up a City Paper. He says: "Dad, it's cool that you started it and everything, but what does it mean to me? These guys are out of touch." You lose that audience, and forget it.

Stephen Lowman is a news aide at The Post. He can be reached at


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