The Kardashians, Casey Anthony, and Jersey Shore- are all products of America’s favorite past time: being entertained. To an outsider, the obsession with drama might be called unintelligent, a waste of time, or simply self deprecating- but in our culture- it is the norm. Due to conglomeration, and a lack of public interest, major news corporations are steeping down to the public’s fascination with scandals and drama. Surrounded by all the craziness- a person may wonder if quality, hard hitting journalism is dead, or close to it.
If thousands of artists all around the world are making beautiful pieces, but the only art anyone pays attention to is bad- is art dying? No, art is not dying. As long as the need to express oneself is alive and well, so is art. Journalism is the same way. Although the vast majority of people are not reading quality journalism, it is still being produced. The pursuit for the truth is here and isn’t going away anytime soon. That’s why when interesting, relevant, investigative journalism reaches the public- it gets more of a response than the normal news the public sees. People still want candor- so the pursuit for the truth is still on. The desire of people to read journalism or view art, isn’t what’s keeping them “alive.” The desire of the artist or the journalist to continue on with their craft is.
Journalism is still here and being rapidly produced. So it makes you wonder, what’s really dying, journalism or the public?