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By David Poland

Welcome, Luddites!

So now the two biggest internet bashers in entertainment journalism, Patrick Goldstein and Peter Bart, are bloggers. All I can say is

7 Responses to “Welcome, Luddites!”

  1. Crow T Robot says:

    If you can tap dance around embargoes,
    when you’re told not to that night by screening honchos,
    If you can pick the Oscars eight months out
    while everyone’s calling you an obnoxious lout,
    If you can win a word war with a adolescent geek
    who gets under your skin by calling you “homo-freak,”
    If you scoff at weekend box office numbers on one day
    but have charts and graphs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday…
    Then yours is the Internet and everything that’s in it,
    And, which is more, you’ll be a Blogger, my son!

  2. That is genius. Crow, if you wrote that, you too, are genius.

  3. David Poland says:

    Genius… maybe. But his words are, in effect, doing exactly what he is smacking at. Dumbing it all down.

  4. jeffmcm says:

    I’d say his form and content are in agreement with each other.

  5. LexG says:

    I asked this at Elsewhere too to no avail, it’s only mildly related:
    Did Newsweek officially cut movie reviews and Ansen down to ONLINE ONLY? I get the magazine, and if there’s been more than three film reviews in there in the last six months, I’ve surely just missed it. It’s like they cut out the “Cinema” section altogether. So I go to their site today, and lo and behold, Ansen’s been reviewing shit all along, just none of it makes the page. Was there an official reasoning for this?
    On topic:
    I like Goldstein, btw, and wish that old grump Turan were hep enough to start a blog. Imagine that- a TURAN BLOG, where one could respond in a comments section about his every tired, grumpy, bored, squeamish, old-school, unsurprising, A-list-sucking-up, self-copying review.
    Anyway, Goldstein’s “comments” section is indeed too vague and generic, and won’t attract a lot of sensible industry voices or witty regulars… just the hoi polloi in the most faceless, IMDB/Yahoo kinda way.

  6. tholl-yung says:

    Gee Lex, you don’t normally sleep at the wheel. You don’t need to actually retain this info, you can google it: ansen newsweek buyout — you could even do it without “buyout” since that requires info. I like you Lex. Dave really hits some jazzy notes here. Wondering if he’ll do a piece on exhibitors… those ShoWest guys… those hanger on-ers… those fat cats.

  7. T. Holly says:

    Didn’t mean to confuse you; I don’t know where yung comes from.

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