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September 29th, 2009

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08:36 am - idle query
Hullo, hullo, I wave at you as I dash by...

But I also have a question for you all. (It's prompted by this post on the Dr Vino wine-blog, which further references Mike Steingarten's overview of a current kerfuffle amongst wine critics. I found this fascinating, since my next Big Project will feature a wine-critic hero...)

One of the points of argument is that because of the Internet (which would include expert bloggers, discussion boards, private blogs, and the equivalent of Trip Advisor in several fields), 'official' critics are on their way out; the idea is that it goes beyond wine into areas like food, film, etc etc.

Do you read 'official' critics -- in any field, be it food and restaurants, clothes, film, stage, music, fiction, even wine?

Do you read Internet critics in any field? If so, do you read bloggers (expert or amateur), discussion boards, or the online ratings?

Do you write your own criticism?

I didn't make this a poll, because although I put these as yes/no questions, I suspect it's all more complicated. I'm just curious.... :-)

May your day be sunshiny and filled with rave reviews!

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Date:September 29th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
I should have clarified my terms, alack! But you're right about the blurry line.

Mike Steingarten's Slate story was about wine journalists/editors like Robert Parker, but even there Steingarten noted that eminent wine journalists like Jancis Robinson have webpages on which there are discussion boards.

Garance Dore, fashion blogger, illustrator, and amour of The Sartorialist ;-), just posted about how Dolce and Gabbana held four front-row seats for fashion bloggers (including her and the Sartorialist).

My own experience is that I'm reading fewer and fewer comments on blogs-not-on-livejournal and giving up on discussion boards almost entirely, because of noise-to-signal ratio. But I would definitely believe my experience is not representative. ;-)

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