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« on: November 30, 2008, 08:51:49 AM »

Ebert sounds a warning:
http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/11/death_to_film_critics_long_liv.html

I'm more sanguine myself. The role will be taken up by bloggers. In fact, once he grows up and stops wasting his parent's tuition money, Groggy will probably become the new (net-based) Ebert. He'd do well, though, to follow his forerunner's advice; or at least enjoy it for the considerable entertainment value it provides:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/10/eberts_little_rule_book.html

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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2008, 06:43:06 PM »

This is a great article, and I agree with most of it. However, I think this is as much a condition of the decline of print journalism in general. Won't say death, mind you - I don't think the news media will ever go away entirely, but when any douchebag with an opinion can own a blog, the level of critical discussion is lowered significantly.

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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2008, 07:20:52 PM »

Yea it is a great article, nice find.

I'd hate to be a critic today, it seems the majority of films are dumbed down to the lowest common denominator and targeted to 10 to 18 year olds, on top of that it seems as if there is a quicker turnover of actors. New talent replaces old talent log before the old talent ever gets old. At least that is the preception I get.  There is not the old staying power that was provided by the studio system and its stable of actors. The kids that the films are targeted to don't give a rat's ass about the past. They are living in the here and now what came before is irrelevant.

If there is no past, what are you critiquing it against, and the target audience won't care anyway.

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