From Ivory Tower to Twitter: Rethinking the Cultural Critic in Contemporary Media Culture
FITT is a large, three-year (2015-2018) research project funded by the Danish Research Council for Independent Research: Culture and Communication (FKK). The main research group involves six scholars from four Danish Universities and the Danish School of Media and Journalism.
FITT investigates the state of the cultural public sphere and its critical discussions, at a time when media institutional and technological developments have enabled advanced public participation, while intellectual authority and enlightenment are also being challenged. These circumstances call for a theoretical rethinking of the cultural critic within a cross-mediated framework and for empirical analyses of how the authority and legitimacy of the cultural critic is becoming increasingly heterogeneous in the media.
FITT scrutinizes the democratic potentials and challenges of this heterogeneity by proposing and testing a new typology of four key types of ‘heterogeneous cultural critics’:
1) The intellectual cultural critic
2) The professional cultural journalist
3) The media-made arbiter of taste
4) The everyday amateur expert
– and their interplay since the mid-2000s across a selection of cultural fields and media platforms. The subprojects include:
- Intellectuals in the media
- "Cultural critics conquering Twitter – intellectual battlefield, institutional branding, and arena for (self)promotion" by Unni From and Nete Nørgaard Kristensen
- "The professional ideology of arts and culture reviewers – and amateurs’ relationship to it" by Aske Kammer
- "Music Journalism in the Era of the Second Digital Revolution" by Troels Østergaard
- "Experiments, experiences and new hosts - an investigation of contemporary cultural criticism in the media with a special focus on Radio24syv" by Steffen Moestrup
The project is hosted at University of Copenhagen, Department of Media, Cognition and Communication and headed by associate professor Nete Nørgaard Kristensen.