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March 5, 2010

Get Fuzzy Love

Already there's worry here that the assembled writers and critics are going to do too much griping, out loud, about the state of arts journalism. It's a legitimate concern. Thankfully, others out there in the big world are thinking about some of the "issues." This very week, coincidentally (or maybe not!?, let's ask George Bernard Shaw's ghost), the comic known as Get Fuzzy has been mulling what "expertise" means as it relates to reviewing.

Click here for Monday's strip.

Further variations on the theme have continued all week -- check out Thursday's skewering of the varied numerical rating systems used by reviewers of movies, restaurants, etc. Get Fuzzy says plenty about our line of work, the myriad ways criticism can seem capricious or meanspirited or random, and on and on.

That, it could be argued, was enough "service journalism" for a four-panel strip. But that's not all: Naturally comics.com provides a way to rate the work. So, in one of those delicious ironies that make the Internet such a happy place, we have an endlessly repeating feedback loop: Click to rate cartoonist Darby Conley's commentaries on rating systems and Internet "opinion." Let your voice be heard! By all means, opine! Help make these comics more relevant to your life!

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