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.