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Conflict of Interest Critical Fallacy 9: But it's a moral constraint due to the underlying pressure imposed by the industry to voluntarily influence and limit the freedom of expression of the press and the total liberty of opinion of critics. I heard "conflict of interest" is not as much an issue frowned upon in the USA as it is in France or in Europe.
And this mentality reflects the practice of journalism too. What kind of independence can we expect from critics who are hired by a journal owned by a media-conglomerate including Movie Studios interests? These media superstructures control the life of a movie from beginning to end, from production to distribution to advertising outlets and even its criticism.
The audience might have the illusion to pick from a wide range of choice, to listen to the advice from diverse sides. But in the end the reason we hear and see the promotion for a movie everywhere is rather because of the favouritism of a single head than because it has been endorsed by several independent minds.
We live in a media landscape segmented by the exclusive catalogue of a handful of tycoons. A film is nursed, shaped up, funded, bind by contract, cast, produced, edited, advertised, criticised, screened, then re-broadcast on TV, re-sold on DVD, appreciated in a book It's reasonable to mistrust the amount of artistic input in this heavy industrial machine.
Examples of media conglomerates: Disney Cinema, TV, telecommunication, Radio: Where is the independent journalism? Which cinema publication or broadcasting program isn't in bed with Studio or TV interests? It's too close to all the pressure of the editors, of the film industry, and you know that kind of tendency in film criticism in the mass media to give a service, to give it points, to say "yes, see it" or "no, don't see it.
Negociations can also become tricky when curating a retrospective, or compiling a DVD collection, or broadcasting a series on TV, as movies may belong to different companies who might veto their participation to annoy competitors.
Ye Kill the Fun: Why not let the market do its work, let the audience have its fun and occupy ourselves with the arcana — the art — we critics ostensibly prefer? But the deeper answer is that our love of movies is sometimes expressed as a mistrust of the people who make and sell them, and even of the people who see them.
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There is also the psychological pressure, the "off the record" confidences, the risk to jeopardize a long friendship, a mutual respect, a moral debt, loyalty to peers, editors, directors, stars, cover deals, junket favours, private screening access: We have it every day.
We have also the opposite. We have some distributors coming to some critics and asking, "What do you think of that film? This happens as well, and I think this is extending the influence of the critic. That slippery slide is usually inaugurated, in the film magazine business, by one thing: The moment you allow advertising onto a site, you have bought into compromise.
Can you be truly critical, any longer, of those distributors, exhibitors or publishers who are helping to subsidise your site? This is one of the most socially and politically responsible things that a publication can do: It is easy to be idealistic about this, but idealism often corrodes quickly in a difficult material world.
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“The Film Critic of Tomorrow, Today,” J Hoberman [PDF] Picking up the threads of Arnheim’s basic argument, Village Voice senior critic J.
Hoberman maintains in this essay that movie criticism has been poisoned by the apotheosis of film as commercial product. Film critic Melissa Anderson has joined The Film Society Of Lincoln Center's Richard Pena and Kent Jones and critics Scott Foundas and J Hoberman on the selection committee to choose the New York.