Pining For… Substance

Delightfully Maladjusted

Journalism has gone to the east side, and it’s boring there.

http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/feature/how-succeed-journalism-when-you-cant-afford-internship

Great article and absolutely true. And how ridiculous that the very people we rely on to bring us information and stories about “the people” are (of late) a handful of elitist types who have had the privilege of being able to afford to follow their passions (read: go to j-school, work *several* unpaid internships at the “best” companies, and focus on their writing career without distractions such as rent and food) into a writing profession. Although, I am realizing that the once noble profession of journalism is not so great anymore, so what am I missing. It seems as though the ones who do get a say in the content they produce cannot make a living doing freelance here and there, and the ones who are lucky enough to have full-time positions for major outlets do not have much say in the content–and much of what I read is so formulaic that an automated aggregate could have punched it out, oh wait they already do.

Pshhhhh, journalism you are not cool anymore!  Now instead of conjuring up a mental image of the fist of power, the power of the people– when I think of you,  all I see is the sweater-around-the shoulders-loafer-wearing-khaki-shorts-80’s-real-estate-developer-bad-guy-hasbeen. You will get no more fist pumps from me.

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