Monday, April 12, 2010

Quote of the Day

"The notion that the blog culture has rendered critics redundant is ultimately an argument against specialists. And that debate stretches from the world of culture to the nature of journalism itself -- and whether its practitioners, who poke and probe on the public's behalf, have outlived their usefulness."

-- The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz, on the decline of the formerly all-powerful newspaper critic


Steven D Skelton said...

He's just pissed because others get to have a voice as well now.

The barrier to the critics job has been lowered. You don't have to get the job at the newspaper anymore to review film, art, music ect.

Anyone with an interest and internet connection can challenge for readers.
A great example is Chez with his music reviews.

Eric said...

Wait a second... wait, wait, wait.... Doesn't Roger Ebert have one of those "web-log" things of his own on the ARPANET? And I heard he sometimes uses that "The Twitter" that all those crazy computer kids these days use to "Face-Space" on! Why, I wouldn't be surprised if Roger Ebert had dozens of people dialing up his "bulletin board" with their telephone modem machines right now!

Hm, yeah, the cancellation of an old TV show means the end of people caring about intelligent and informed opinions, got it.

Oh, and do you think anyone's going to tell Kurtz that Rotten Tomatoes aggregates professional reviews as part of their fresh/rotten ratings?

CNNfan said...

The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz said, "The notion that the blog culture has rendered critics redundant is ultimately an argument against specialists."

Holy bleep, a journalist who gets it. Yes, it is a notion! The blogosphere is a virtual acculturation, that exists in essence, as a reflection of real objects in the mind, though not in actual fact.

In more practical terms, newspaper critics, in particular CNN's Reliable Sources, are a high quality presentation with reliable audience measurement systems that can be trusted. While the blogosphere, by comparison is optimized by low quality presentation and erroneous or misleading audience measurement.

Michael J. West said...

That is not good news for our society.

(says the professional jazz critic.)

Eric said...

Not sure if you saw this yesterday, but Roger Ebert, unsurprisingly, has finally come forth to demolish the whole thesis that critics are in decline just because newspaper critics are seeing tough times:

Yes, I'm sad that traditional newspapers have come upon hard times, and traditional print venues for film criticism are disappearing.... But I'm feeling good these days. I love movies, and I love writing about them and reading about them. I feel like part of a truly World Wide Web (and what a magical term that is--worthy of science fiction). I know good movies are valued everywhere, and good writing.