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Art Criticism & Social Media - The Brooklyn Rail

Art Criticism & Social Media - The Brooklyn Rail | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
While art criticism languishes in the doldrums, I get my information on who to watch, what to read, must see shows, and related matters from Twitter and Facebook. These two networking services, which I consult throughout the day on my iPad and my iPhone5, have become indispensable sources of information for a variety of reasons.
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From the Brooklyn Rail: Criticism of all art — books, shows, movies, music — is better on social media because writers have no choice but to get to the point. 

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Sample tweet from J. Escobedo Shepherd

Sample tweet from J. Escobedo Shepherd | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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Music writer and critic J. Escobedo Shepherd, who writes for Rookie Magazine and contributes to Spin and Rolling Stone, reviews an album in a tweet. It isn't detailed or contextualized, but it is personal, emotional and quite convincing. I didn't have to read an entire review — this tweet alone persuades me to check out the album.

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Seitz: There Has Never Been a Better Time for TV Criticism

Seitz: There Has Never Been a Better Time for TV Criticism | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
If you appreciate good TV, this is a fantastic time to be alive. If you appreciate good writing about TV, ditto.
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Matt Zoller Seitz thinks that television criticism is at an all-time high and that a social-media-focused culture supports experimentation and expansion in the criticism genre.

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Sample tweet from Emily Nussbaum

Sample tweet from Emily Nussbaum | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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Another ace tweet from New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum. She breaks down an idea about Netflix's House of Cards into a bite-sized nugget of a review, sparking discussion and debate with her audience.

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The golden age of movie critics | Roger Ebert's Journal | Roger Ebert

The golden age of movie critics | Roger Ebert's Journal | Roger Ebert | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

This is a golden age for film criticism. Never before have more critics written more or better words for more readers about more films. But already you are ahead of me, and know this is because of the Internet."

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In a blog post from 2010, Roger Ebert argues that the Internet is creating more opportunities for film criticism than it is extinguishing. Anyone can be a critic now, and that's not a bad thing.

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Music Criticism in a Social Media World

Music Criticism in a Social Media World | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

"As much as I respect and enjoy the craft of long form music writing, the quickly digestable online nuggets of music criticism are what I gravitate to more often these days."

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Social-media music criticism might not replace full-length reviews, but it definitely fulfills a different need.

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Music Criticism Goes Digital | Chorus America

Music Criticism Goes Digital | Chorus America | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

"With the decline of print and the rise of digital media, the role of music criticism has changed. Veteran journalists share their thoughts on what the new landscape means for critics – and choruses."

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Not just pop music: An interesting take on the same debate — art criticism shifting from print to digital platforms — from an interesting source: Chorus America, an advocacy group for choral music. 

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How Music Critics Adapt to the Social Media Landscape - LockerGnome

"Thanks to the World Wide Internet and the approximately eighty zillion streaming music services that live there, you can check out pretty much any new song or album by any band or musician in the world the very precious second that it’s released. In 2012, do you really need jaded music critics to tell you what “infectious” new pop song you should or shouldn’t like?"

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An article from 2012 reflecting on the state of music criticism in an Internet-driven culture. This take was also spurred from the (at the time) recent Spin venture, @SPINReviews.

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Sample tweet from Emily Nussbaum

Sample tweet from Emily Nussbaum | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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A succinct thought from New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum. This critique might not be worth expanding into a long-form article, so really, it's the perfect kind of thing to address on Twitter. 

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Twitter Music Reviews: Criticism As Haiku

Twitter Music Reviews: Criticism As Haiku | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

"You're not necessarily going to make a grand statement... But at the same time, I like to think — I hope — that it's a little bit like haiku. I don't think anything should necessarily replace an extremely well-thought-out long-form opinion from somebody who listens to thousands and thousands of records. I'm always going to be interested in those people's opinions. But, at the same time, I want to know what my friends think, as well."

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NPR's Morning Edition tackled the topic of mini-reviews on Twitter way back in 2009. Click through for some good examples of tweet-length music reviews as well as samples of the music they're reviewing. Do they capture or critique the song properly? 

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Sample tweet from Matt Zoller Seitz

Sample tweet from Matt Zoller Seitz | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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An example of a brief but effective and funny review from Matt Zoller Seitz, the editor-in-chief of rogerebert.com. MSZ's Twitter feed is full of tweets like this one.

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CBS Tests Twitter Rules By Placing Film Critic's Tweet In An Ad

CBS Tests Twitter Rules By Placing Film Critic's Tweet In An Ad | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
Can your tweet become an ad? Film critic A.O. Scott's comment on a soundtrack did.
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CBS FIlms bought a full-page ad in The New York Times to display A.O. Scott's tweet about Inside Llewyn Davis. Is that smart marketing or a publicity stunt? Is it ethical to run a tweet from a critic as an ad in the same newspaper for which he works? Is it even legal?

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Tweet from @SPINReviews

Tweet from @SPINReviews | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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Spin Magazine started writing tweet-length album reviews last year, most of which did not link to full-length reviews. The tweets contained the artist name, album name, a score from 0 to 10 and the critic's initials. Spin hasn't updated the Twitter feed, @SPINReviews, since October. 

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Is social media beginning to undermine film criticism? | Independent Arts Blogs

Is social media beginning to undermine film criticism? | Independent Arts Blogs | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
For those who appreciate good cinema, the opinion of discerning film critics is of the utmost importance.
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An interesting take from The Independent: Movie marketers using tweets in posters or commercials for films such as Argo and The Impossible is not progressive or cool — it's cherry-picking the most favorable "reviews" to present the illusion of consensus. 

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New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: 'Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking'

New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum: 'Social watching just sounds like wishful thinking' | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

"I’m always struggling with [live-tweeting new episodes of TV shows]. I will not tweet while watching Breaking Bad or Mad Men— they’re highly visual shows that require a level of concentration. I’m interested in sitcoms, and I don’t feel like it harms the experience to live tweet them."

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Emily Nussbaum, one of my favorite critics, answers some questions from The Verge about Twitter etiquette for TV critics, the experience of watching something while simultaneously following along on social media and the current state of TV criticism.

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Do Film Critics Tweet Too Much?

Do Film Critics Tweet Too Much? | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
Dana Stevens and Will Leitch discuss whether critics are plagiarizing themselves or giving the milk away for free by instantly tweeting their reactions to movies.
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Criticwire breaks down the Tribeca-hosted discussion between two film critics about several issues surrounding film critics' use of social media. Among them, and at the forefront of this article: Does tweeting your reaction deter the audience from reading your review?  Is that necessarily bad?

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Music Critic of the Year: @Discographies

"A puckering wit and more than 20,000 followers - those are the only facts we know about the Twitter account @Discographies, where the author summarizes the entire catalogue of a renowned singer or band in 140 characters or fewer. Enlivening a less than stellar era of music criticism, @Discographies has devised a new structure that combines the Internet hallmark of snark with the pre-Internet prerequisite of expertise."

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In a telling sign (or gesture?) regarding the leveling of the critical playing field, the Village Voice gave its Music Critic of the Year title to an anonymous Twitter account in 2010. 

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Are social media killing film criticism? - CNN.com

Are social media killing film criticism? - CNN.com | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it

"Everybody's a critic. No, really."

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CNN has a new take on the debate: Social media reviews aren't replacing formal film reviews; they're circumventing them. If the critics hate a movie that still has positive Internet buzz, audiences might ignore the critics in favor of their friends.

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Sample tweet from Sasha Frere-Jones

Sample tweet from Sasha Frere-Jones | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
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Sasha Frere-Jones is a pop music critic at The New Yorker.

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Is the age of the critic over?

Is the age of the critic over? | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
Critics reflect on how social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and myDigg, fit into the perennial debate on cultural elitism
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The Guardian investigates the shifting criticism landscape: Do the ordained critics lose their authority when anyone and everyone can offer opinions from the same platform? Are their opinions more worthy than anyone else's?

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The Followables: 10 Music Critics You Should Follow on Twitter

The Followables: 10 Music Critics You Should Follow on Twitter | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
The world of Twitter can be hard to navigate. We know that you're already following us @flavorpill, but we decided it would be fun (and possibly helpful) if we rounded up some of our other Twitter ...
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Flavorwire's favorite music critics on Twitter. Unsurprisingly, @1000TimesYes is at the top of the list.

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The Criticwire Survey: Critics and Twitter

The Criticwire Survey: Critics and Twitter | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
Should critics tweet after screenings? Or are they giving away their reviews for free?
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A wide range of film critics respond to the Criticwire weekly survey question: Do you tweet your reaction to a film after a screening? Results are varied and, in some cases, totally polarized.

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Spin Is Moving Album Reviews to Twitter. Are 140-Character Reviews Worthwhile?

Spin Is Moving Album Reviews to Twitter. Are 140-Character Reviews Worthwhile? | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
After a few days of teasing “something big,” Spin has announced that it’s moving a major chunk of its album reviews over to Twitter. The 26-year-old music magazine plans to review more than 1,500 albums this year in the form of single 140-character tweets—while continuing to post about 20 longform reviews each month on...
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A Slate.com write-up from January 2012 about Spin's new venture: Composing album reviews solely for Twitter. As I mentioned earlier, @SPINReviews hasn't tweeted since October. I wonder why?

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How Twitter users became the film industry's favourite critics

How Twitter users became the film industry's favourite critics | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
Movie PRs are increasingly avoiding quotes from critics in favour of lines from filmgoers
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Why rely on quotes from critics when you can pick and choose the most favorable reviews from the common viewer? Some movie marketers are doing just that.

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emilynussbaum (emilynussbaum) on Twitter

emilynussbaum (emilynussbaum) on Twitter | Review & Criticism on Social Media | Scoop.it
The latest from emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum). TV Critic for The New Yorker. Approval Matrix Creatrix. WHTVC
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An all-around fabulous Twitter feed from The New Yorker's TV critic. Nussbaum live-tweets new episodes, asks for input from fans and offers in-depth insights into TV trends. A great follow, IMO.

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