Ah me. It's nice to live in an age alongside people who dig trashing new technologies and modes of communication. Recently, the literary journal n+1 went on an anti-blog reviewer tirade of a particularly curmudgeonly bent. The piece takes issue with the fact that now any old joe on the street can criticize whatsoever they chose to. Names are not named (more's the pity) but it brings up some worthy points. Does an increase in critics cheapen the notion of criticism itself or democratize it? The question here is whether or not criticism as an art is in danger particularly when we're still dealing from the repercussions that came when, "argument in the academies gave way to 'respect'". One might point out that this self-same "respect" is alive and well in the blogosphere. Is there something to be said for out-and-out unapologetic fire and verve? For bloggers that tell the truth even when it isn't nicey nicey? Or is that just an excuse to be rude?
This all applies to the kidlit reviewers out there. Which is to say, it's a slightly rehashed version of the eternal Should a Blogger Post Negative Reviews question that keep popping up.
Thanks to Jen Robinson for the link.