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Blogging, Tweeting & Geotagging: Can modern technology change Theatre Criticism for the better?
Transcript of Blogging, Tweeting & Geotagging: Can modern technology change Theatre Criticism for the better?
Over the past several decades, advances in technology, decreases in readership, and changes in the public’s tastes have wrought major shifts in the way theatre criticism is written, delivered, and read. The digital world -
from Twitter to Geotagging, offers ever-expanding possibilities to how we view theatre criticism. This presentation examines the role of modern technology and social media as a means of improving theatre criticism. Criticism
However, one relatively neglected aspect of the conversation, is how criticism might fully explore and exploit the growing possibilities that the digital era offers. Discussions about the future of theatre criticism seem to be never ending.
It is a debate that continues to impassion bloggers and annoy the elitist 'Dead White Men'. Imagine how much richer a piece of criticism might be with the addition of images, video, audio, and geotagging.
Myriad possibilities are there, but it seems we're slow to adopt them. Experimental forms including Pinterest allow a new forum for discussion.
Twitter has opened up instant discussion, allowing theatregoers to share their thoughts from the moment they step out of the auditorium.
A rich and ever-increasing variety of digital formats including YouTube and Vimeo offers the opportunity of video responses as an act of criticism. Blogging In 2007, veteran Guardian theatre critic Lyn Gardner pronounced on a Guardian–hosted blog that blogging has saved theater critics from extinction. ' the blogosphere is opening up criticism and giving us newspaper critics a necessary kick up the bum. . . . I can think of increasing numbers of bloggers who are writing thoughtfully and inspiring a genuine dialogue about the issues that matter in the theatre.
(Lyn Gardner, 2007) It is increasingly evident that the Internet is now the home of some of today’s most interesting criticism, much of which has been unable to find a home in traditional journalism.
This is due to the flexibility allowed by online criticism, where page space is not an issue and responses can go further than words. Bibliography Conclusion Questions but where are the answers? The problem is that Lyn Gardener, Michael Billington, Fintan O’Toole and other leading critics all have a rich understanding of theatre trends, theatre history and indeed the quality of theatre.
Precisely because they spend so much time at the theatre. Social Media Bibliography Billington, Michael. 2002. One Night Stands: A critics view of modern British theatre. September 2002. London, Nick Hern Books
Billington, Michael. 2007. Who needs reviews? Guardian: Arts blog Stage, September 17, 2007.
Fricker, Karen. 2008. Blogging and Criticism. Guardian: Arts blog - Stage, November 28, 2008. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2008/nov/28/blogging-critics
Gardner, Lyn. 2007. Blogging saved critics from extinction. Guardian: Arts blog Stage, September 18, 2007. http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2007/sep/18/bloggingsavedcritics
Lowe, Catherine, 2012. Technology and Criticism. Guardian: Arts blog - Stage, Thursday 17 May 2012 http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2012/may/17/technology-new-frontiers-theatre-criticism?INTCMP=SRCH
Robinson, James, 2010. UK Newspaper Circulation Declines. Guardian: Media, Thursday 17 June, 2010 http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jun/17/newspaper-circulation-oecd-report