1 January 2021

New book: Rethinking Cultural Criticism: New Voices in the Digital Age

Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and co-editors Unni From (University of Aarhus) and Helle Kannik Haastrup (University of Copenhagen) publish the international edited book Rethinking Cultural Criticism: New Voices in the Digital Age with Palgrave MacMillan. 

This edited volume examines cultural criticism in the digital age. It provides new insights into how critical authority and expertise in a cultural context are being reconfigured /in/ digital media and /by means of/ digital media, as the boundaries of cultural criticism and who may perform as a cultural critic are redefined or even dissolved.

The book applies cross-media and cross-disciplinary perspectives to advance cultural criticism as a wide-ranging and multi-facetted object of study in the 21st century. Presenting a broad collection of case studies, including global cases such as the Golden Globe, the Intellectual Dark Web, YouTube, Rotten Tomatoes and Artsy and particular national contexts such as Britain, the Czech Republic, Denmark and the Netherlands, the book showcases the many theoretical and methodological approaches that may serve as useful frameworks for studying new critical voices in the digital age.

It will be of interest to media, communication and journalism scholars as well as scholars from a range of aesthetic disciplines.

Table of content

Introduction: Rethinking Cultural Criticism – New Voices in the Digital Age / Nete Nørgaard Kristensen, Unni From, Helle Kannik Haastrup, pp. 1-15

Public Intellectuals on New Platforms: Constructing Critical Authority in a Digital Media Culture /Mikkel Bækby Johansen, pp. 17-42

The Use of Wine as a Performance of a Style of Being: A Methodological Proposal to the Study of Persona-Driven Cultural Criticism / Steffen Moestrup, pp. 43-65

Fans, Fun and Homophobia: Mischievous Criticism on the Czecho-Slovak Film Database / Ondřej Pavlík, pp. 67-89 

When Golden Globes and Stars Align: The Awards Show as a Platform for Cultural Criticism / Helle Kannik Haastrup, pp. 91-112

The Dual Strategic Persona: Emotional Connection, Algorithms and the Transformation of Contemporary Online Reviews / P. David Marshall, pp 113-135 

How Has the Role of Newspaper-Based TV Critics Been Redefined in a Digital Media Landscape? / Paul Rixon, pp. 137-161

Digital Media in the Visual Art World: A Renewed Relationship with the Market / Guillaume Sirois, pp. 163-184

Young Voice, New Qualities? Children Reviewers as Vernacular Reviewers of Cultural Products / Maarit Jaakkola, pp. 185-208

The Survival of the Critic: Audiences’ Use of Cultural Information and Cultural Reviews in Legacy Media / Nete Nørgaard Kristensen & Unni From, pp. 209-233

Where to Look Next for a Shot of Culture? Repertoires of Cultural Information Production and Consumption on the Internet / Marc Verboord, Rian Koreman & Susanne Janssen, pp. 235-259