The issue seems to be twofold: one portion of the panel (and the audience) wants to see order restored, Bob Pincus returned to his desk at the U-T, and a continuation of fulltime arts coverage in the daily paper. This sentiment was echoed by Sandy Dijkstra, Hugh Davies, and Bob Pincus especially. Generally, this portion of the panel were strong proponents of print media maintaining a firm place in the community, rather than having more of a web-based critical presence. Hugh Davies: "The prospect of having the anarchy of a blog determining what is great art and what is hype is very troublesome." Angela Carone (and, to some degree, Jeff Light) was more of the mind that online critical journalism needs to be embraced as a viable source of information. "I think the future of arts journalism is online. The time for San Diego to strike is now."
Where do you stand, San Diego? Is there a place for online arts criticism? Or should we make every attempt to maintain the print media version? As Sandy Dijkstra opined, San Diego is "either in or we're out" of the arts conversation. Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments field of this post - we'd love to hear what you have to say.
The full video of the forum can be seen on the Warwick's Facebook page, in 20 minute installments.
For more info on the issue, check out some of the following resources:
- 2009 Arts & Culture Economic and Community Impact Report (from Dalouge Smith's "Dog Days" ArtsJournal blog)
- John Seed's piece on the Huffington Post
- Piece from the LA Times blog, Culture Monster
- OurTwitter feed from the event.
- The Reinstate Robert Pincus at the Union-Tribune Facebook page.
- The Campaign to Reinstate Bob Pincus blog.