Jan 7, 2012
J. Hoberman Laid Off From The Village Voice
Once the news of Hoberman's layoff reached the internet, there was a tremendous response from fans and fellow journalists alike- and the sentiment was not dissimilar to that as if they were writing an obituary. In one sense, that may be true, as his departure signals yet another casualty in the death knell of newspaper film criticism- a tradition that fades fast in the age of conglomerate media and advertising buyouts, and the continuing migration to the world wide web for news and information. However, one end begets a new beginning- if another press doesn't hire him, at least Hoberman can have more time to fill shelves with more scholarly book-length studies on films and the societies which made them. In one way or another, we'll still have J. Hoberman and be the better for it.