In a strange twist of events Jonathan Jones has written an article responding to the criticism he faces on the web. He doesn’t mention any blogs in particular, however I’d like to imagine he had mine in mind.
Jones recognises criticism is not longer the simple imposition and acceptance of one person’s thoughts. The days when the art writer could dress opinion as fact are gone, they face a better informed and more vociferous readership due to the ease of communication afforded by the Internet. What is needed now is for critics and writers to assess themselves and the institutions they stand for. Only then can the high walls of art be broken down. Jones claims to share a similar goal, criticising the experts who ring-fence art despite the existence of the web and other technologies which mean art is less exclusive, less sacred, and more meaningful than ever before. About this, he is not wrong.