Indie reviewers and the “loss” of cultural authority

Yesterday I was going through publishing industry research that I’ve collected over the years, and came across this interview with four New York editors published in 2009 on the website Poets & Writers. About halfway through the interview, “[t]he end of cultural authority” came up as one of the most pressing problems facing the industry. The increasing authority of blogs and indie reviewers and online friends’ recommendations over that of a professional reviewer was cited as calamitous. Yet the calamity was not over the loss of cultural critique, of a Read More …