Anthony Dias Blue, editor of online wine publication The Tasting Panel, unloads on people like me:
And who are these bloggers anyway and, more important, what is their motivation? It would be comforting to find that they are altruistic wine lovers who see their purpose as bringing insight and valuable information to like-minded consumers. But the image that presents itself is of bitter, carping gadflies who, as they stare into their computer screens and contemplate their dreary day jobs, let their resentment and sense of personal failure take shape as vicious attacks on the established critical media.
I’m thinking of getting a t-shirt made with “bitter, carping gadfly” across the front. I mean, once I get over my resentment and sense of personal failure.
Back in my Hollywood days, I had an actor friend who TV critic Tom Shales called “homely and boorish.” The show he worked for gave him a production jacket with “Homely and Boorish” embroidered on the chest where everyone else had their name. I thought that showed a lot of aplomb.
The Tasting Panel is, by the way, a pretty nice magazine.