The future of journalism: ‘Oh shit!!’

There’s a scene in The Wire where Omar, a psychopath with a shotgun whose trade is robbing drug dealers, gets into a drug stash house he intends to rob by disguising himself as an old lady in a wheelchair. Once he pulls off his wig and pulls his weapon from under the lap blanket, one of the guards realizes what’s happening and blurts out, “Oh shit!” And Omar gleefully echoes him: “‘Oh shit!!’ Yeah!”

Somehow that’s what came to mind when I saw this announcement of a program at City Arts and Lectures on the future of journalism. Why, just today in the NYT’s media blog came the news that the Newark Star-Ledger is planning on more newsroom employee buyouts-slash-layoffs. I have the feeling the disemployed reporters felt somewhat the same way as the drug dealers felt when they realized they had been tricked by Omar Little. They had the feeling it was coming, they did everything they could to prevent it, and when it came, all they can do is blurt, “Oh shit!”

Right. Anyway, at City Arts and Lectures, “two seasoned journalists and editors will discuss the current state of print journalism, the impact and implications of the shift toward a more digital world, and the future of print media.” Good luck with that!

3 Comments so far

  1. Wes (unregistered) on October 13th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

    Small point, but I’m a Wire freak …

    Omar Little disguises himself as an old MAN, not an old woman to get into the stash house. Specifically, he poses as a veteran in need of illegal drugs for pain mediation. Indeed.


  2. Omar (unregistered) on October 13th, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

    Indeed. Indeed.


  3. Mark Pritchard (markpritchard) on October 14th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm

    Wes, thanks for that. I read him as an old lady, maybe by the way he pitches his voice high when he says “Thank you young man.” But in that picture he looks more like an old man.



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