In some kind of perverse admissionfrom one of Hollywood’s bigwigs, Jeffrey Katzenberg – otherwise known asMr. CEO of DreamWorks Animation – noted at a Fortune magazine conferencethis summer, “there is this sort of unholy alliance that has existed foreverbetween art and commerce, show andbiz.” Call him an unlikely martyr forthe common folk, or a hegemonic liarintent on building that as a cute facade, what the CEO says is true and visible inevery crevice of capitalism.It’s nothing new. In one corner we havethe Show side of it all; and in the othercorner, the Biz side. As FIMS students, we think we know all too well aboutthat one. We’re expected to resist andsubvert it like a countercultural pack of dogs.But the unfortunate fact of the matterfor many of us will be that the closest we’ll get is some kind of compromise. This is something I learned as an internat
magazine in Vancouver,a position I landed this past summerthrough the FIMS internship program with Susan Weekes. The Show/Biz divide is increasingly visible in journalism. That the
is a fully subsidized entity makes usparticularly privileged, but in the “real world” advertising needs drive editorialmeetings, desperate moves to rebrandailing titles are everyday, what is Local isneglected in favour of what is American,“advertorials” replace real editorials,and the journalist is otherwise pushedunder the rug. The Biz was so overwhelmingly dominant for some at this Vancouverpublishing company that the Editor-in-Chief of one of its major publicationsstepped down from his position as an
act of editorial deance. In fear of
sounding too resistance-is-futile-y I’llsay that there is always something to besaid for these FIMS-like efforts to defy the powers that be. It is in applying ourDerrida, Schiller and Foucault to formsome kind of compromise that we canhave an impact.
You don’t have to wait until you’re a wandering
grad to nd out rst hand
FIMS’ InternshipCoordinator, Susan Weekes, is having information sessions this month
Show/Biz: Striking a Balance
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