Film Criticism in the Digital Age

November 28, 2020
Film Criticism in the Digital Age

Over the past decade, as digital media has expanded and printoutlets have declined, pundits have bemoaned a “crisis ofcriticism” and mourned the “death of the critic.” Now thatwell-paying jobs in film criticism have largely evaporated, whileblogs, message boards, and social media have given new meaning tothe saying that “everyone’s a critic,” urgent questions haveemerged about the status and purpose of film criticism in thetwenty-first century.  In Film Criticism in the Digital Age, ten scholarsfrom across the globe come together to consider whether we arewitnessing the extinction of serious film criticism or seeing thestart of its rebirth in a new form. Drawing from a wide variety ofcase studies and methodological perspectives, the book’scontributors find many signs of the film critic’s declining clout,but they also locate surprising examples of how critics—whethermoonlighting bloggers or salaried writers—have been able tointervene in current popular discourse about arts and culture. In addition to collecting a plethora of scholarlyperspectives, Film Criticism in the Digital Age includesstatements from key bloggers and print critics, like Armond Whiteand Nick James. Neither an uncritical celebration of digitalculture nor a jeremiad against it, this anthology offers acomprehensive look at the challenges and possibilities that theInternet brings to the evaluation, promotion, and explanation ofartistic works.