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New Escapist Column! On Critics as Curators in the Era of Peak Content…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. Given Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about the reduction of film and television to “content”, it seemed like an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of navigating this new era – and the increased relevance of critics in this context.

There is a lot of entertainment out there. Despite the explosion in streaming services, a lot of it is harder to access – or at least harder to stumble across unless an audience member is actively looking for it. Film criticism seems to be stuck in a constant crisis of purpose and identity, but the truth is that critics are arguably more important now than ever. In an era with so much media out there, it is useful to have critics who understand the medium, its history and the breadth of possibilities that it offers.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

 

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