What's to become of us? I'm hearing ominous things, and storm clouds are gathering. They are telling us our skills aren't needed anymore, that in a webocracy, every one's a critic. Book publications are suffering and missing their publication deadlines. Others are folding like a tent in a lashing wind (hear that giant sucking sound? It's all of those servers processing arm-chair bloviating from all points of the compass.) We're all really feeling the heat, especially in a recessionary environment. After all, when gas is four bucks, and we can't afford to go to the movies or buy a book, who cares what a critic has to say about these things?
Much ink has already been spilled on this subject, but I guess I just want to say: It still matters to have an informed opinion and get paid to set it down. Doesn't it?