It doesnt matter if there is so much to cover if the reader doesnt pick up the paper for that reason.
Well, for better or for worse, the main reason anyone picks up any alt-weekly any more is to read Dan's column. So does that mean the rest of the paper should be printed on toilet paper?
I must be a dinosaur but I still read newspapers and I still choose what movies to see based on what critics say about it. There is so much out there to see now and frankly very little free time to see the movies, so I appreciate the help in prioritizing what to see in the theater. I admit it makes me feel good to both agree with a critic "yeah, right on" and disagree "that boob didn't know what he was talking about Bruce Willis is still totally hot." I don't care if the critics switch to online media but please, don't eliminate their voices. And some yahoo's blog in Iowa is NOT the same as a well thought out review.
Who reads a print edition when the internet is so much handier and it doesn't dirty your fingers? The only thing I miss about reading the print editions of The Village Voice and The Stranger are the adds (seriously). Try to figure out how to put all your rock club ads into the web edition.
I don't miss the adds, I miss the subtracts and the multiplies.
I almost never go to a movie without checking reviews first.
I used to read the reviews in the local paper, primarily because that was all that was easily accessible. That helps, to a degree, but only if my movie tastes coincide with the reviewer's, or if I can decode the reviewer's bias and decide if it's my thing or not.
With the internet, it's so much easier. I can read dozens of reviews quickly and easily. I can pick reviewers who's tastes match mine to some degree, without regard to where they are from or what newspaper they write for (or if they write for any paper at all). With sites like Rottentomatoes.com, you can get a broad consensus of what a lot of reviewers think of a movie.
Who needs newspaper reviewers?
Who needs a critic when you can have...an enormous penis!!!
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