Quotes of quotes of quotes of quotes, 3/3

Thomas Doherty unknowingly justifies the existence of CineMadison (thanks Tom):

Moreover, purely as a media forum for cinematic analysis, the widescreen Net blows away the printed page, offering unlimited space for analysis, links to like-minded sites, and photo “captures” and streaming clips for illustration. The bloggers get the info out first and fast, the readership bookmarks its own comfort zones, and critic and reader begin a two-way conversation that collapses the distinction between interlocutors. The print-bound critics are lumbering dinosaurs grousing about their own extinction. Survival of the fittest, gramps.

The rest of the article deserves a look as well.

Those who know me have doubtlessly heard me complain that film criticism seems well on its way to losing its status as a paid profession and becoming a full-blown hobby.  But there’s also a contradiction here that I haven’t quite worked out yet: I tend to think that art is greatly disadvantaged by its commercial obligations; I also tend to think that art criticism is itself a form of art; as an aspiring art critic, I’d like to get paid for what I do; getting paid would entail participating in or at least cooperating with the commercial side of art. To recap: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 2. Oy vey.


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