Critics or bloggers?

I love books.  I really do.  But sometimes I wonder about some of the book crowd.  Take Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the chair of the judges of this year’s Man Booker Prize.  He’s afraid that too many of us mere readers are judging books.  Imagine it folks… readers who  value their own opinions enough to share them in book reviews and put them out on the web for other readers!

Stothard argues that “If the mass of unargued opinion chokes off literary critics … then literature will be the lesser for it,”.  He even suggests that our unwashed opinions might actually threaten literature of the future.  Of course he probably isn’t talking about kid’s books… I mean are kid’s books even considered literature in Mr. Stohard’s circles!

What do you think?  Are bloggers (many of whom are authors, librarians and teachers) contributing to the demise of literature?

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