I just read that blogging is hurting critics. In Atlanta anyway. I have to say at first blush that seems great! On the other hand, NOT hiring art/music critics isn't good for the industry as a whole. I think critics tend to get a bad rap, but that doesn't mean they aren't useful.
I hate when critics do the blanket "it was lovely" review. Can understand why they would do that, especially in a small community (your boss's wife is the soloist in the Christmas cantata kinda thing), but educated discussion of a performance doesn't need to be "bad/good". However, I don't played in a group that regularly gets reviewed, so my comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
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