Show Advocates & Television Critics, And None Of The Above

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March 12th, 2012

Fox's @maskedscheduler has tweeted a few observations over the past months about the changing role of television critics quote

@maskedscheduler I ponder: Is the TELEVISION CRITIC an obsolete concept + have we entered the age of the SHOW ADVOCATE? Would make interesting dissertation.

And another

@poniewozik SMASH starts in 5 minutes.. Watch it, unless you hate theater and dreams and the NBC legacy and Iowa and rainbows

@masked scheduler @poniewozik That's a freakn' scary tweet and supports my theory of the rise of the show advocate and the demise of the critic.

I neither read nor care about television critics, but as an internet publisher that shift makes sense to me.

The day of TV critics speaking to their captive local newspaper audiences are long gone. Metropolitan dailies have substantially cut back on them and they've mostly shifted to the internet.

But like many other information markets, the internet has a *lot* of TV critics and you're not just preaching to your captive local market. Plus, unlike the previously comfy world of newspapers, you're measured every, single, day on what you bring to the bottom line, so in search of traffic the former critics have become show advocates in many cases which presumably nets outsized traffic from fans of the shows they advocate.

All good as far as I'm concerned. Everybody has their own business model that they need to make work.

On the other hand, I'm unapologetically in this for the fun, and the money, not the "art." I watch almost no television, and I'd like to think that allows me to do what I do without any particular show bias.

For some fun in the comments, let's continue a discussion that got started in another thread last week.

I watch two broadcast primetime series (other than football) during the 2011-12 season.

Can frequent readers of the site name them?

I won't jump into the comments until someone gets *both* correct.

 

 
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