Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/12/the_art_of_the_critic.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/12/the_art_of_the_critic.html en-gb 30 Thu 18 Sep 2014 02:43:59 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/12/the_art_of_the_critic.html feeing http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/paulinemclean/2010/12/the_art_of_the_critic.html?page=0#comment0 A well thought out piece, thank you.I agree that due to the internet there are more amateur reviews out there, but is that a bad thing? I once owned/edited a thriving music site where "fans" of a particular music genre could freely post their gig and album reviews.The site received rave comments from many artists and there is no doubt it helped put bums on seats as well as increase album sales, however fans being fans the more they wrote they over accentuated the positive to the extent that the negative ceased to exist.Sycophancy eventually ruled so I shut the site down. The moral of my tale? Yes there are too many amateur reviewers out there, but we are stuck with them, it's up to the individual to have the intellect to separate the considered review from the mountain of garbage written.That said can a “professional journo really be all knowing and understanding of the multifarious music and performing arts so as to be fit to comprehensively critique them? Fri 31 Dec 2010 02:42:41 GMT+1