Three quick links to close out the day’s posts:
- “A brush, like a computer, is merely a tool.” David Hockney tells The Times Online. Unrelated, but also mentioned– the 71 year old artist is a chain smoker. Via: C-Monster.
- Speaking of stories that never see an end on this blog, Artworld Salon’s AndrÃ¡s SzÃ¡ntÃ³ discusses the future of arts journalism. The writer provides a very thorough account of the issues in a mere 3,000 words (even for those of us in the profession, it’s a little work to get through). One point on the section SzÃ¡ntÃ³ describes as “Beyond the tipping point”: The writer mentions how media mogul Rupert Murdock intends to start charging for online content, noting that this hadn’t worked before. While this is true, two years ago many newspapers weren’t building their web presence, nor were users so accustomed to spending on the Internet. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that a for-pay model at The New York Times or the Wall Street Journal would find greater success this time around. Underdeveloped websites and blogs however will not be able to expect the same; the scale is simply too small.
- Interestingly, AndrÃ¡s SzÃ¡ntÃ³ gives credence to all those newspapers complaining about bloggers stealing their content, by republishing his entire piece on the future of journalism for the Art Newspaper at the Artworld Salon website. Poor form.
- Related: Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwood thinks verbatim quoting on the web isn’t parasitic, though of course he’s only talking about a paragraph or so at a time. He compares the practice to the close re-articulation of published materials by print journalists.