by Jim Murchison
When my children have children there may be no print journalism at all.
What is less clear is the state of print journalism. Back in the 80's, newspapers would come out to see theatre in the schools and some community theatre as well as indie producers. As subscription readership declines and more people read tabloid soundbite news in free publications like The Metro, more and more people rely on online reviewing such as The Charlebois Post provides. The Ottawa Citizen will review major touring productions and concerts but it is less likely to send out and pay critics for locally produced productions.
When my children have children there may be no print journalism at all. I don’t know that of course as I have no crystal ball, but there are many things that at one time were unfathomable that have come to pass. Technology is a wonderful thing that has provided all sorts of convenience and a plethora of information. What it also can do is spread misinformation at a faster rate than was ever possible.
My belief is that as technology continues to evolve, online journals like The Charlebois Post will become more vital and more respected. I am not intimating that it is disrespected now, merely that online information becomes more prevalent and more sought after daily. Some of the blogs are invited to shows because they are almost always going to say something good and some because their writing is very good - whether they like a show or not it will be a thoughtful and informed review.