Bloggers vs. Professional Critics

Filed as News on November 28, 2006 11:15 am

If you’ve ever wondered what professional critics think of bloggers, you should tune into this excellent article at The Guardian The Observer (but reprinted at The Guardian). It opens up with a lengthy article about the apparent necessity of professional critics for book reviews, and catalogues a recent controversy between a particular English author and some negative reviews she got on Amazon. After that, however, it does go into some very interesting thoughts from professionals within the theater, music and film communities about their opinions about critics and bloggers.

After you read it you can’t help but think that some of these opinions tend to be rather elite-ish in their tone, and I certainly haven’t looked into whether or not, for example, the London theatre scene has any sort of blogging following at all. But, much like gawker-izing of techculture, and the perezhiltonizing of pop culture, I think its only a matter of time before blogging hits more erudite past times. Its good to see that some of the individuals in the post recognize this truth — but they don’t all need to succumb to the insecurity of it all — after all, all they need to do is join the blogging crowd and develop their own audience online.

And I would argue that as professional critics, they’d have a built in following — and a higher chance at built in success.


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  1. By Robert Bruce posted on November 28, 2006 at 11:50 am
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    A great theatre blog….

    Maybe Andrew over there can weigh in on some of his correspondence with London Theatre folks.

  2. By John Evans (SYNTAGMA) posted on November 28, 2006 at 11:59 am
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    The article is in The Observer, Tony. But, yes, it’s a good read and soooo true. And I run a couple of book blogs which she almost certainly looked at. :-(

  3. By Tony Hung posted on November 28, 2006 at 12:09 pm
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    Heh heh …

    Thanks John. Now what was Thord saying about proofreading … ? :)


  4. By Aaron B. Hockley posted on November 28, 2006 at 12:56 pm
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    I don’t think it matters whether one is a “professional” or a “blogger” (can’t someone be both?).

    What matters is whether or not they can write a good review. For example, I’ve discovered that my attempts to write reviews are quite crappy. Hence, I don’t pretend that I’m good at it, and don’t write reviews.

    Reviews are just like anything else on a blog… there’s some gems, and there’s some crap.

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