"Let them go and listen for themselves": the rise and rise of the citizen critic

Beatrice Jetto

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This paper looks at issues of authority in the music blogosphere with particular focus on the main differences between the authority of traditional music critics and the authority of citizen critics. The relationship between music blogs and the music industry is also analysed with a consideration of how such a relationship might have an impact on a blog’s authority. The paper will argue that, despite the general belief that music blogs operate under parameters of independence from the music industry, in fact, over the last few years, they have developed a solid reliance on the music industry to the point of compromising their authority. The paper is based on thirty-one semi-structured interviews conducted with Australian music bloggers between May 2009 and April 2010.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-152
Number of pages6
JournalSituating popular musics : IASPM 16th International Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference - Grahamstonw, South Africa
Duration: 27 Jun 20111 Jul 2011

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  • music criticism
  • blogging
  • web 2.0 environments
  • cultural intermediaries
  • music industry
  • citizen journalism


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