Ben Eltham: Where everyone’s a [arts] critic

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Ben Eltham reflects on the current state of arts criticism in Australia. He finds that it is headed in the same direction as many other elements of print media – towards the online, the decentralised and the democratic.

“In the new world, armies of bloggers and online critics have diluted that power — but also democratised and decentralised critical culture globally. On the internet, everyone’s a critic — or can at least try. As a result, the old verities are being challenged, and print critics are increasingly finding themselves marginalised in their own publications.”

This trend has seen a flourishing of online arts criticism, but it has also had implications for the people involved in the traditional ‘criticism industry’. These changes also raise questions about the way our society decides what art is valued, and how.

Read the full article on Crikey.com here.

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