Post-Industrial Cultural Criticism

As I have advertised in an earlier blog post, my research article on post-industrial cultural criticism (i.e., amateurs who review arts and culture online) was published in the prestigious journal Journalism Practice. It is part of a special issue on “Cultural Journalism and Cultural Critique in the Media”, which is edited by Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Unni From, and that special issue has just been published in its entirety. There is a lot of interesting articles in it, and I do recommend it.

For those interested in my work, here is the abstract of my article “Post-Industrial Cultural Criticism. The everyday amateur expert and the online cultural public sphere“:

Integrating perspectives from research into cultural and post-industrial journalism, this article presents a pilot study of websites with reviews of arts and culture conducted by amateurs. Such websites constitute a popular space for cultural criticism, and one that challenges traditional hierarchies within journalism. The article maps which Danish websites conduct arts and culture reviews, asks what features these websites have that facilitate public discourse, and measures the actual discussion on the websites. While academic diagnoses of the state of the online public sphere have generally been discouraging, this article argues that this is partly due to a strong focus on politics rather than on culture and illustrates how the cultural public sphere of online reviews constitutes a heterogeneous space for a public discussion about arts and culture. Furthermore, it shows that some amateur reviewers have highly specialized knowledge of culture and, on that basis, argues that the emergence of this type of critic might represent a qualitative strengthening of cultural criticism.

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