Stop Press for June 13th

June 14, 2007

1 Comment

  1. How is it possible to claim that ‘professional’ critics know what they’re talking about, while bloggers are merely expressing an opinion? Do professional critics not also express an opinion? Do some bloggers not also know what they’re talking about?

    Many bloggers who review online are experts in their own field. Many bloggers who review online also publish criticism and reviews in print copy. You can’t sell all the reviews you’d like to write, and sometimes a reviewer might want to take a more informal or discursive look at a book than would be possible under the constraint of limited column space in a newspaper or magazine. It’s also a useful way to keep working during a dry patch, to keep your name current.

    It’s a non-argument, really. The internet is growing more powerful every day and those not yet on board are terrified of what these changes in reading patterns may mean for their jobs. That’s what all this ‘we’re better than bloggers’ nonsense is about.

    Jane Holland
    (poet, critic & obsessive blogger)

    Comment by Jane Holland — June 21, 2007 @ 11:14 am

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