Hurrah for Adele Geras, who writes the article, “The literary universe is bigger in the blogosphere.” This part is a real gem:
“But why should we believe the blogger?” comes the cry. “Who are they
and how are they qualified to tell us what to read?” The answer is: you
should believe them and trust them in exactly the same way you would a
critic in a newspaper or literary journal. There will be some you
admire and some you think are stupid. Some bloggers write well and some
badly and so do some literary critics.
That’s right! We blog reviewers can be trusted just as much as print reviewers, in fact many of us are print reviewers too. And bloggers just like print reviewers have varying tastes to take into account. There are reviewers (both print and online) who I listen to no matter what. There are others that I read, but with a large salt shaker at hand.