Bill Marx, Theatre Critic and Arts Editor for WBUR sent off his final editorial last week. Unlike Ed Seigel, (former Globe Critic,) who talked more about the state of his Boston Theatre beat, Bill Marx used his column space to address the state of the larger universe of Arts Journalism:
WBUR's decision to end original online arts coverage and focus on arts news and features tailored for broadcast runs counter to the strategy of most major news outlets, from NPR to the "New York Times" and the BBC, which are embracing the web's tremendous potential for interactivity and community via web-exclusive content, blogs, stories, reviews, and podcasts. WBUR is lurching backwards into the future -- I wish it luck.
I wish Mr. Marx luck as well. My contention with some of his views will no doubt be familar to the long-time readers of this blog, but I will miss the development that was proceeding with the WBUR Arts page. If you are interested, or if you wish to leave a personal comment, you can check in on Bill's personal blog.
And if anybody wants to know what the dystopian future Mr. Marx is outlining looks like, look no further than the TV Guide-like, capsulized, cliche-ridden reviews of two recent plays in the Boston Herald. Here. (Which I outlined already.) and Here.
Borrowing from Michael Lewis's great book, I would say, "Don't look now,... the future just happened."