Today I think there is an opportunity for critics again - and a need. The sheer volume and range of art that we're fed in a culture obsessed with galleries is so vast and confusing that a critic can get stuck in and make a difference. It really is time to stand up for what is good against what is meretricious. And it really is possible to find examples of excellence as well as stupidity. In other words, this is a great time to be a critic - to try to show people what really matters.
There are some valid points in Jone's entry regarding the seeming lack of strong critical voices today. However, the responses from readers bring up a ton of other issues and deserve some time spent on them, as well.