In the L.A. Times, Richard Schickel discovers the Blogosphere. I used to really enjoy Schickel when he wrote movie reviews for Time magazine 30 years ago (including the article behind one of my favorite Time covers for obvious reasons; note the poster in my den). But with a reaction that’s much like my Bing Crosby-worshiping father hearing Led Zeppelin for the first time, Schickel does not like the successors to his genre.
But then, no one in a legacy industry likes to come face to face with his successors.
Update: Not surprisingly, “Dirty Harry” of the heavily trafficked group film criticism blog Libertas takes umbrage with the screedy Schickel. I’m kind of surprised that apparently, no one at Blogcritics has yet posted anything about Schickel’s rant, as Eric Olsen’s pioneering site did much to create a salon for Blogospheric criticism from perspectives much more diverse than the monolithic LA Times.
To be fair to Schickel, the ability to instantly self-publish does not immediately make someone H.L. Mencken, of course. There