Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Clark Kent (Superman) to quit Daily Planet

Concern over the current state of journalism and traditional news organizations has hit the comic books.
  The latest issue of Superman 13 (from DC Comics) has mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) getting into a heated argument with his editor, Perry White, and Lois Lane, who's now a TV news producer, over the lack of serious news.
Kent is summoned to the office of Perry White, the Planet's publisher, and given a dressing down for his lack of stories.
When Kent complains that it has been a "slow news week" he is told, by Lois Lane, now a television producer, that it is a poor excuse, prompting him to begin a rant about the state of modern journalism which ends with him quitting the paper.
"Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about – I don't know – news?" he asks.
His question prompts White to respond with a devastating critique of newspaper journalism: "Times are changing and print is a dying medium.
"I don't like it but the only hope we have of delivering any news at all is to give the people what they want to read and God help me if a front-page story about some reality star gets them to pick up a paper and maybe stumble on some real news " the publisher continues.
After a second heated discussion with Morgan Edge, the paper's owner, Kent quits.
The current writer says Kent's more likely to start a blog than look for a job at another of Metropolis's media outlets.
A spokesman for DC comics confirmed the departure: "This is not the first time in DC Comics history that Clark Kent has left the Planet, and this time the resignation reflects present-day issues – the balance of journalism vs. entertainment, the role of new media, the rise of the citizen journalist, etc."

Source -  Superman quits the Daily Planet - over the state of journalism,  the Telegraph

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