The tightening of editorial budgets at newspapers and magazines has created something of a crisis in cultural criticism. How, in the digital age, can critics successfully expand into new media to ensure healthy critical discussion survives? And what role do blogs, podcasts, forums and social media play in this new landscape? Australian writer and critic Alison Croggon; writer, editor and critic Rebecca Harkins-Cross; and Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris sit down with SBS and ABC RN host Marc Fennell to debate the future of cultural criticism.
Alison Croggon (Australian)
Alison Croggon is the award-winning author of the fantasy series The Books of Pellinor, which have sold half a million copies worldwide. Her other novels include: The River and the Book and Black Spring; and the science fiction dystopian novel Fleshers, which she co-wrote with her husband Daniel Keene.
Rebecca Harkins-Cross (Australian)
Rebecca Harkins-Cross is an award-winning non-fiction writer and cultural critic. Based in Melbourne, her work has been published widely in Australia and internationally, appearing in the pages of Meanjin, the Saturday Paper, The Age, The Australian, Lithub and Art: Das Kunstmagazin, and recently anthologised in The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two. She is currently the film columnist for The Lifted Brow and is working on her debut essay collection, about the history of fear in Australian cinema.
Wesley Morris (International)
Wesley Morris is a critic-at-large at the New York Times and a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, where he writes about popular culture and hosts the podcast Still Processing, with Jenna Wortham. For three years, he was a staff writer at Grantland, where he wrote about movies, television, and the role of style in professional sports, and co-hosted the podcast Do You Like Prince Movies, with Alex Pappademas. Before that, he spent 11 years as a film critic at the Boston Globe, where he won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Marc Fennell (Australian)
Marc Fennell is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, critic and the host of SBS VICELAND’s nightly news show The Feed. In a career spanning the BBC, Network Ten, Foxtel and the ABC, Marc has interviewed everyone from Julian Assange to Tom Cruise. Marc also hosts ABC Radio’s technology programme Download This Show and is the Creative Director of the not-for-profit Media Diversity Australia.