06/18/2006: "Will You Still Need Me, Will you Still Feed Me, When I'm 36?"
So, our daily newspaper used to publish a weekly arts and entertainment magazine called “This Week” it would come out every Thursday and highlight activities going on for the weekend and upcoming week. I’ve had paintings featured on the cover twice and the arts coverage has always been excellent.
This past Thursday there was a new publication called the Hooligan (leisure section), which is replacing “This Week”…it was launched with a note from one of the paper’s editor saying that this new publication was an attempt to reach out to the 18-35 demographic, and was not written to appeal to old people…they will no longer feature images of art etc. on the cover, and other out-dated events for the elderly such as ballet, opera and the symphony, will be scaled back or featured elsewhere in the regular newspaper.
The Arts and Culture section only had a story on World Cup Soccer …uh, OK...(btw, the guy sitting in the middle in that photo is our own Rob Roys! Go USA!)
Now, while I understand their need to appeal to a younger audience, I think they could have done it without alienating us old fogies (having turned 36 I’m no longer of the hallowed “young” demographic). I actually think it's great they are going to cover local bands and have a beer column etc...I think my real problem is with the editorial. They could have just said changes were made to be inclusive to readers of all ages, and that not all articles will appeal to everyone. As it is, I feel as though my fellow seniors and I are being kicked unceremoniously to the curb. Et tu Juneau Empire? Et tu?
In other news, this is a self-portrait I did this afternoon based on a photo I took several months ago. It's not finished but I think it's an ok start. Greg mentioned trying a self-portait some months back, truth is, I haven't done one in 10 years. Here's a question, how many of you (artists) out there regularly do self-portraits? If so, care to share?