A Critic And A Manager Go Head To Head On Music Journalism in 2014

Earlier this week @Caitlin_Welsh and I had a few things to say to each other on Facebook over the current state of music journalism and some of the criticism artists are throwing at journos. It’s a pretty controversial debate going on at the moment with Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Hayley Mary all getting their noses bent out of shape at critics, and critics firing back in equal measure. Personally, I feel like artists aren’t representing themselves that well in the debate, and I also think some shitty tricks are being used to make them sound like they don’t know what they’re talking about (one trick, recently used by Everett True, is to quote someone verbatim, including their “ums” and “ahs” and “likes”, the net result in this case was Mary coming off as ditsy, which she is anything but (to be fair, True did end this article conceding that Mary made some good points, but not before doing his best to make her sound stupid)).

Welsh happens to be one of the best critics in the country, so I felt OK complaining to her about the dreadful quality of music criticism artists have to deal with. Our discussion got turned in to an article on Faster Louder. You can also see our original discussion below.


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2 comments: On A Critic And A Manager Go Head To Head On Music Journalism in 2014

  • I am really fucking confused as to where all these “ums” and “ahs” and “likes” that I’m supposed to have credited Hayley with saying are. Clink on the link supplied, dear reader. Click on the link. I credit Hayley with intelligence, more than Mr Connolly is crediting you with here, certainly.

    Am I missing something – perhaps some hidden text that only Mr Connolly is privy to, perhaps? – or is bare-faced lying part of a manager’s brief these days, knowing that no one ever bothers to verify their sources on the Internet?

  • Hey Everett,

    This is the bit of I was referring to:

    “I just think there is too much hatred in the world to have a job that is based on writing off what other people try and do, unless that person is in a serious position of power. I don’t mind when people criticise politicians, or like the army or something.”

    Specifically: “I don’t mind when people criticise politicians, or like, the army or something”.

    To be fair you were quoting someone else, so technically it was their trick, you just reused it. Fear not though friend, you’re aren’t alone, I see this technique being used often. It’s lie using “[sic]” a hundred times in an article.

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