I just finished watching yesterday’s Chicago Tonight where there was yet another discussion about the state of media in our fair city and everywhere else.
I watch and/or attend these discussions every time, because I keep hoping someone will, on the spot, come up with a brilliant solution to the whole mess. Then they’ll hire me and my fellow unemployed and underemployed journalists to do some gutsy investigative reporting. Then we’ll figure out how to do said reporting in a manner that would make every literate man, woman and child read it and act on it. Then, corruption will be stamped out forever, everyone will be an educated citizen, there will be peace in the Middle East and unicorns will prance in the streets.
Alas, none of that has happened so far.
After watching this latest installement of “What the f*ck is going on with media and journalism?!!” I’m wondering about just one thing. What I’m wondering is: should I be reassured or perturbed by folks who currently have pretty cushy jobs & salaries saying the same thing the rest of us are constantly thinking: I hope someone will pay me to keep writing. What should I feel? Relief or mortification?
It’s a tough call to make.