Monday, May 4, 2009
Nostalgia for print
I saw "State of Play" last night and was pleasantly surprised with how good it was. Ever since I saw "The Insider," Russell Crowe has been one of my all-time favorite actors. Add in the fact that the movie was shot here, in DC, and that he lived above Heller's, well...you can't get much better than that.
Being that Crowe played a newspaper man, his character often lamented about the rise of online journalism and the death of the traditional journalistic craft. Of course he had to take a few swipes at bloggers. In his mind, these online wordsmiths don't adhere to the time-honored process of reporting. Instead, they're impatient and hungry for fame - the two things that lead to poor journalism.
My feelings on the loss of print newspapers will have to wait for another day, but what I will say is that I believe that the more citizen journalists we have, the better it will make our news. Sure, Crowe's suspicions of bloggers are rooted in some truths, but in reality, with more people pursuing the same story, the true journalistic prodigies will rise to the top. They'll have to or else someone will solve the puzzle before them.
This painting represents the artist's nostalgia for paper media objects. I thought it was fitting for this discussion. Take a moment to read her feelings about the dying habit of holding news in our hands. It's worth reflection.