Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Art in the Mainstream Watch

Another victory for the arts being relevant would be Mike Daisey's newest one man show being called "a smart, vibrant piece of political journalism masquerading as a funny monologue" by Dave Weigel, who is basically the king of Tea Party and libertarian journalism.

When a good journalist looks at an artist and says "that's a good journalist," I think it's a good sign. Now, I haven't seen any of Mike Daisey's work myself, but... if I were him I'd feel pretty pleased.

UPDATE: Sorry, I wanted one more quote from Weigel:

It is not propaganda; you don't leave it pumping your fist and calling for the end of capitalism. You leave it with a better and more honest understanding of capitalism, one that has no comfortable place in politics.

2 comments:

Ian Thal said...

When a good journalist looks at an artist and says "that's a good journalist," I think it's a good sign.

Agreed. Far too often I see artists pimping their talents on behalf of demagoguery, and far too often, when I call them on it, the counter argument I receive is that it is wrong to hold artists to even the most minimal of journalistic standards.

Anonymous said...

Great tips! I always love hearing other peoples' opinions, especially in the ever changing world of journalism and politics. I recently watched an interview with AP Chief White House Correspondent, Ben Feller. I think that this video is a very good compliment to your article and thought you might want to check it out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2mjst0MKT4

Cheers!