“The profession of editorial cartooning isn’t so much dying as it is simply entering a new phase in the the circle of life — the phase where the corpse is eaten by maggots and turned into dirt,” writes Kirk Anderson, a former staffer for the Pioneer Press, in a commentary for Minnesota Public Radio about the future of editorial cartoons.
In it, Anderson chronicles the waning influence of cartoonists due to readers’ ever-increasing entertainment options. He also lays out the reasons he think the profession is in decline:
Editorial cartoons are dying because newspapers are dying, or perhaps “adapting.” Or “entering a new phase in the circle of life.” Some of the damage is self-inflicted. Some newspapers want safe cartoons that won’t bring phone calls from advertisers, and safe cartoons are as fascinating as safe NASCAR.
To the extent we cartoonists oblige, self-censor and draw nonthreatening gag cartoons about swilling beers at the White House, we’re part of the problem and deserve our enforced dirt nap.
[h/t – Daily Cartoonist]