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. 

Central research questions

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.


External researchers

Unni From, AU
Troels Østergaard, DMJX
Erik Svendsen, RUC
Aske Kammer, SDU
Steffen Moestrup

Researchers from MCC

Helle Kannik HaastrupAssociate professor +45 353-28361E-mail
Nete Nørgaard KristensenProfessor +45 353-29361E-mail