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August 20, 2007

Hinterland Diary

John Stoehr

A new critical consensus? . . .

The democratization of criticism -- as in the Amazon system of readers' evaluating books -- is a messy affair, as democracy must be. But the solution to the problems of criticism in the present are best not discovered in the musty basements of nostalgia and sentiment for the cultural criticism of a half-century gone. Rather the solution is to recognize, as John Dewey did almost a century ago, that the problems of democracy demand more democracy (against the corporatization of culture), less nostalgia for a golden age that never was, and a spirit of openness to what is new and invigorating in our culture.

From "The Democratization of Cultural Criticism" by George Cotkin for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Posted by John Stoehr at August 20, 2007 3:32 AM