The trouble with Salem
[A]s long as the lumbering Salem monopoly controls the Christian music press, what Christians read about God’s music will be just as bad as the websites in the Salem network look.
For now, the Salem monopoly’s presence is here to keep Christian music’s quality in the toilet. I’m not saying they shouldn’t go after every dime they can make in Christian music media, just that someone should stay around to keep it real. Here’s hoping a few good artists—and good writers—outlast the dynasty.
The whole thing is here.
The writing has never been very good at the SN, but that has more to do with the cultural differences between conservative Christianity in the southern tradition than it does with who’s owned it. Certainly the SN has drifted appreciably toward the Salem aesthetic in the past few years, especially the new website, but many of those changes improved the situation.
Of course you could argue persuasively that that says more about what we started with than the quality of what we’ve got now. But the main thing to take away from the SN’s evolution as part of Salem, I think, is that the differences between southern and the rest of the Christian music world seem to have insulated the Singing News from the more intense Saleminization techniques that a product or property from CCM would have experienced. Plus, the SN just isn’t that big a part of the Salem pie, when it gets right down to it, so there’s not a huge payoff to do more than tinker.Email this Post