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“When Jonathan Rosenbaum says, “I live on the Internet,” I take him to be claiming citizenship in a community of shared passions and curiosities, free of economic imperatives or disputes. In other words, a utopia. It seems to me that criticism plays a secondary role in the composition and functioning of this community, in which someone in Bangkok can get excited by an Alexei Guerman film and instantly share his or her enthusiasm with someone in Canada. Isn’t this the realization of Jean Baudrillard’s “ecstasy of communication?” There is a compulsion to communicate, visible on any given day of the week in any city around the world as armies of people walk down the street or ride public transportation with cell phones or BlackBerries in hand, chattering, texting, and emailing away.”
-Kent Jones, Film Society of Lincoln Center
Brush up on the issues in this extensive critical symposium on Film Criticism in the Age of the Internet from Cineaste magazine, featuring our own Kent Jones.
Then, come to the panel Film Criticism in Crisis?, part of the New York Film Festival, this Saturday at 1PM. Confirmed participants include Jonathan Rosenbaum, Cahiers du cinéma editor Emmanuel Burdeau, Kent Jones, Jessica Winter of O Magazine, Seung-hoon Jeong, Pascual Espiritu and GreenCine Daily blog editor David Hudson.
What effect is the internet having on film criticism? Use the comments to have your say.