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Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Death of Criticism

posted by on May 29 at 11:28 AM

Literally:

Chris Page, who covered local theater for the Tribune from 2003 until early this year, was found dead Monday at his Mesa apartment. He was 29.

Mesa police were called to the apartment Monday morning by friends and co-workers who hadnít seen him since Wednesday. His body was inside, and he apparently committed suicide…

In early May, his position was included in a round of layoffs at the paper.

More bad news: Alan Rich, the LA Weekly classical music critic who just got laid off at age 83, just found out he won’t be getting any severance.

(h/t to commentor sherman.)

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1

Criticism died when we started seeing TV ads that credited glowing reviews to shitty web "critics" like AintItCoolNews [sic].

Posted by Just Sayin' | May 29, 2008 11:12 AM
2

That's what happens when you choose a carrier in a dying industry... Buggy whip manufacturers have been in hard times for a while now...

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | May 29, 2008 11:15 AM
3

Not really, @2.

The more resourceful ones shifted their product lines to cater to the BDSM market back in the 1930's...

Posted by COMTE | May 29, 2008 11:23 AM
4

These stories are sad.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | May 29, 2008 11:45 AM
5

Extravagences like Art must be put aside until America has brought peace to the planet through Militarism. Therefore, there is no point to criticism.

Posted by max solomon | May 29, 2008 12:01 PM
6

@5 Truly, solomon, thou art wise.

The Pax Americana wasn't won through the triumph of our poetry. Those M-16s aren't shooting opening-night bouquets.

Criticism attracts second-guessing and mealy-mouthed hesitation.

Ignorance is Strength.

Posted by natopotato | May 29, 2008 12:19 PM
7

@2,

Yeah, the 83 year old certainly should have foreseen the death of print media when he graduated from college 60 years ago.

Posted by keshmeshi | May 29, 2008 1:13 PM
8

Nice coverage, B.

Hopefully media outlets and their critics can eventually weather the shift online, but the public that doesn't care about the disappearance of qualified criticism will a.) be left with no record for future generations to interpret a work's cultural significance, and b.) have to slog through a whole lot of crap without a map, a result which may ultimately signal the death of theater. It's so much easier to turn on the TV and let it lull you into complacency...

Posted by Wendy R. | May 29, 2008 4:14 PM

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