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The Future of Journalism?

The list of up-​and-​coming media “stars” has me worried.

Forbes recently pub­lished its annual list of “30 Under 30 in the Media,” which includes a vari­ety of trou­bling selections.

For exam­ple, the mag­a­zine high­lighted Jacob Tobia, who has writ­ten a mem­oir, Sissy, and essays that “speak both to the gen­der non­con­form­ing com­mu­nity” in which he/​she “helps demys­tify the gender/​queer divide.”

Huh? That’s what we need in the United States: non­con­form­ing communities!

Clint Smith, a grad­u­ate stu­dent at Har­vard, has writ­ten for The New Yorker, Atlantic, and The New Repub­lic. “My goal is to use a range of dif­fer­ent medi­ums and gen­res to com­pli­cate our con­cep­tions of his­tory,” he says, “so that we are more fully able to under­stand what has led us to this moment of such pro­found racial and social inequality.”

Huh? Com­pli­ca­tions about con­cep­tions of history?

As dig­i­tal edi­to­r­ial direc­tor of Teen Vogue, Phillip Picardi “intro­duced the website’s polit­i­cal and well­ness cov­er­age, help­ing to shift the brand away from just fash­ion and celebrity and towards themes of gen­der equal­ity and social jus­tice. He was so suc­cess­ful that he took on the same role at Allure, and this year he launched the LGBTQ focused Them, Condé Nast’s first new brand since 2007.”

Huh? Teen Vogue recently decided to elim­i­nate its print edition.

Alexan­dra Petri is a humor writer and the youngest-​ever colum­nist at The Wash­ing­ton Post. “We live in a sur­real, Dali-​esque world where time seems to crawl, everyone’s clocks are melt­ing, and all laws are passed by creepy white bone pelvises stand­ing alone in deserts, and I think we need jokes to get through it,” she says.

Huh? I don’t think that many peo­ple believe the world is sur­real. Sal­vador Dali’s paint­ing is called “The Per­sis­tence of Mem­ory” rather than “Melt­ing Clocks” – a rel­a­tively com­mon mis­take. I always thought it was pretty weird, but I guess a 1931 paint­ing res­onates with those under 30.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_103075” align=“aligncenter” width=“714”] Dali’s 1931 paint­ing “The Per­sis­tence of Memory“[/caption]

Cooper Hefner, the son of Hugh, “recently worked to keep Play­boy rel­e­vant by bring­ing back nudity and fea­tur­ing the first-​ever trans­gen­der play­mate in the magazine’s centerfold.”

Huh? Against the back­drop of a grow­ing num­ber of sex­ual harass­ment cases, I am not sure how these actions pro­vide relevance.

Jazmine Hughes is an asso­ciate edi­tor at The New York Times Mag­a­zine. One of her high­lighted cred­its is edit­ing an inter­view with Cal­i­for­nia crazy Max­ine Walters.

Huh? A good edi­tor would have found a way to toss the inter­view in the cir­cu­lar file, but I guess those under 30 are unfa­mil­iar with that action.

If you want to feel mad or sad or both, here is the entire list:
https://​www​.forbes​.com/​s​i​t​e​s​/​m​a​d​d​i​e​b​e​r​g​/​2017​/​11​/​14​/​30​-​u​n​d​e​r​-​30​-​m​e​d​i​a​-​2018​-​m​e​e​t​-​t​h​e​-​y​o​u​n​g​-​p​e​o​p​l​e​-​d​r​i​v​i​n​g​-​a​n​d​-​d​e​f​i​n​i​n​g​-​c​o​n​t​e​n​t​/​#​21​a​0​d​f​6054b3

Over the years, I have had the oppor­tu­nity to teach a Pulitzer Prize win­ner, a Pulitzer final­ist, and myr­iad indi­vid­u­als who have brought honor to their craft. I am glad that none of them ever made this insipid list.

The list of up-and-coming media “stars” has me worried.

Forbes recently published its annual list of “30 Under 30 in the Media,” which includes a variety of troubling selections.

For example, the magazine highlighted Jacob Tobia, who has written a memoir, Sissy, and essays that “speak both to the gender nonconforming community” in which he/she “helps demystify the gender/queer divide.”

Huh? That’s what we need in the United States: nonconforming communities!

Clint Smith, a graduate student at Harvard, has written for The New Yorker, Atlantic, and The New Republic. “My goal is to use a range of different mediums and genres to complicate our conceptions of history,” he says, “so that we are more fully able to understand what has led us to this moment of such profound racial and social inequality.”

Huh? Complications about conceptions of history?

As digital editorial director of Teen Vogue, Phillip Picardi “introduced the website’s political and wellness coverage, helping to shift the brand away from just fashion and celebrity and towards themes of gender equality and social justice. He was so successful that he took on the same role at Allure, and this year he launched the LGBTQ focused Them, Condé Nast’s first new brand since 2007.”

Huh? Teen Vogue recently decided to eliminate its print edition.

Alexandra Petri is a humor writer and the youngest-ever columnist at The Washington Post. “We live in a surreal, Dali-esque world where time seems to crawl, everyone’s clocks are melting, and all laws are passed by creepy white bone pelvises standing alone in deserts, and I think we need jokes to get through it,” she says.

Huh? I don’t think that many people believe the world is surreal. Salvador Dali’s painting is called “The Persistence of Memory” rather than “Melting Clocks”–a relatively common mistake. I always thought it was pretty weird, but I guess a 1931 painting resonates with those under 30.

Dali’s 1931 painting “The Persistence of Memory”

Cooper Hefner, the son of Hugh, “recently worked to keep Playboy relevant by bringing back nudity and featuring the first-ever transgender playmate in the magazine’s centerfold.”

Huh? Against the backdrop of a growing number of sexual harassment cases, I am not sure how these actions provide relevance.

Jazmine Hughes is an associate editor at The New York Times Magazine. One of her highlighted credits is editing an interview with California crazy Maxine Walters.

Huh? A good editor would have found a way to toss the interview in the circular file, but I guess those under 30 are unfamiliar with that action.

If you want to feel mad or sad or both, here is the entire list:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/maddieberg/2017/11/14/30-under-30-media-2018-meet-the-young-people-driving-and-defining-content/#21a0df6054b3

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to teach a Pulitzer Prize winner, a Pulitzer finalist, and myriad individuals who have brought honor to their craft. I am glad that none of them ever made this insipid list.