|Off-Broadway plays like Detroit at Playwright Horizons |
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Credit: Jeremy Daniel
The email explains the AP clients feel the service's resources could be better used elsewhere and they have to listen to the people who pay the bills. That's the real answer--Money. AP is making less money because of the Internet, so they have to cut something. As Pippin says, "In economic hard times, the arts are the first thing to go."
This shrinking coverage of so-called "niche culture" is ironic. With the advent of the Internet and its infinite amount of space, it would seem logical that there would be more arts coverage, not less. But huge corporations have bought up so much media that they are looking at their bottom line. (Just like I thought there would be more theater on TV thanks to cable, but there's much less. A&E and Bravo used to be focused on the fine arts, but now they are all about Duck Dynasties, Storage Wars, and Real Housewives The explicitly arts-oriented Ovation did not adapt and has withered away.)
Dance, opera, Playwright Horizons, Second Stage, MCC, The New Group, Manhattan Theatre Club, soon all those will only be written about by unpaid bloggers.
Tonight I'm going to see a rebroadcast of the Met's Carmen in HD at a small independent theater in Hudson, NY. Every time I go to these broadcasts, I'm the youngest person in the audience and I'm in my 50s. With AP's decision, the greying and marginalizing of the arts will continue.