How is film criticism evolving in the digital age? How does its practice compare now to the past? How is the Internet shaping critical film discourse? Are things changing for better or worse? And is it okay to begin a blog post with a series of rhetorical questions?
You could write a book trying to answer these questions (except maybe the last one), but for now this will have to suffice: an hourlong coversation between five working film critics and journalists that took place last week in New York City as part of the Digital Hollywood Summit. Organized and moderated by Indiewire's Eric Kohn, the panel was entitled "Criticwire: Writers and Journalists Reinvent the Art of Film Criticism for the Digital Age" and featured Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly, Richard Brody from The New Yorker, Jenni Miller from Hollywood.com and many more websites, and yours truly from the website you're reading right now so it's not particularly necessary for me to name it.
The folks at the Digital Hollywood Summit were nice enough to record the conversation and pass it along, and we're pleased to present the entire panel for your listening pleasure. It was a really interesting and illuminating discussion — and one that featured some very different points of view on where the profession is going and what that means. Amongst the topics covered: writing for print versus digital, the shifting nature of deadlines, whether social media is helping or hurting criticism, and a debate about whether any movie is "critic-proof." Enjoy: