Wednesday 25 April 2018

State of today's journalism is Superman's new Kryptonite

Mark Hughes New York

FOR more than 70 years Superman has fought off a host of enemies who have tried and failed to beat him.

Yet the Man of Steel has finally been worn down. But it's not Lex Luther who has defeated Clark Kent, it's the state of modern journalism.

In 'Superman 13', just published by DC Comics, Clark Kent quits the newspaper for which he has worked since 1938. Scott Lobdell, the man who wrote the script, says he is now likely to become a blogger.

Kent is summoned to the office of Perry White, the publisher of the 'Daily Planet', and given a dressing down for his lack of stories. When Kent complains that it has been a "slow news week" he is told it is a poor excuse.

This prompts a rant on the state of modern journalism ending with him quitting the paper.

"Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about news?" asks Kent.

White responds: "Times are changing. 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 and God help me if a front-page story about some reality star gets them to pick up a paper and stumble on some real news." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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