The Times of India looks at the decline of editorial cartooning with a provocative headline: "In age of memes, political cartoons die a silent death."
"Sadly, political cartoons are no longer considered a powerful section of a newspaper or magazine... Madhan, a Chennai-based senior political cartoonist admits to the decline in demand for political cartoons 'to some extent.' The situation, he says, is perhaps caused by unwillingness of modern-day editors to give adequate space to cartoons."
"Admitting that today we have fewer artists who make impactful cartoons compared to the past era, Madan attributes the falling popularity of cartoons to the Internet and the ease with which memes can be created and disseminated today. 'Everyone can be a cartoonist. The only reason that used to prevent people from being cartoonists was the inability to draw. With the advent of the Internet, these disabilities have been removed,' Madhan says."
Read the whole thing here.
(Curiously enough, this piece reads like the situation that created the AAEC. In 1954, an article in the Saturday Review about the "death of political cartoons" so enraged a small group of cartoonists, they set out to form an association and prove the Review wrong. 60+ years later, the Association of American Editorial Cartoons is still kicking. Maybe the Indian cartoonists will soon form their own AAEC? —Ed.)