April 10, 2016

American Idol and the Evolution of Criticism

American Idol foreshadowed today’s social media-driven society, where fans have the power to mobilize and impact the pop-culture landscape. It also offers a striking case study for how then-nascent Internet culture narrowed the distance between fans and critics. This shift, combined with critics’ increasing willingness to take popular entertainment seriously, has led to an age of criticism that’s far more democratic than it was even a decade ago.

 

Fans now look to critics to be conversationalists and listeners

 

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