Literary Relevance of the Question
First, we started by being interested in those two corpora’s authors’ writing style. Before analysing their ideas, we wanted to understand the way they structured their writings. Even though the notion of “style” is difficult to define, it is, yet, as much as at the very core of criticism activity than it is in nowadays’ debates between paper reviews versus digital reviews.
While newspapers’ authors blame bloggers for their lack of seriousness, these ones claim their right to write in a different way. On the page “About Exeunt”, the magazine summarises very well stylistic stakes that are implied by those new forms of digital critics:
Exeunt believes in making beautifully written, experimental, fierce and longform writing about theatre available for free.
However, for Michael Bellington, who is a long-standing critic working for The Guardian, a blog is more an “informal letter” than a true critique. Danielle Tarento, director of the Chocolate Menier Factory theatre in London, states loud and clear that those bloggers are not “genuine writers”:
They do not have the intellectual background or historical background or time to know what they are writing about.