The Survival of the Critic: Audiences’ Use of Cultural Information and Cultural Reviews in Legacy Media

  • Nete Nørgaard KristensenEmail author
  • Unni From


This chapter examines how people engage across media with a combination of what is often referred to as cultural journalism, cultural criticism and information about culture beyond the domain of journalism and criticism. We focus on the Danish context as an interesting case in point considering the subsidy measures implemented to support the production and circulation of art, culture and cultural information in society. Based on a national survey of a representative sample of the Danish population, the study shows that people are quite interested in information about culture and use a variety of media platforms and sources to access such information, including their own personal network. The study also shows that people still find legacy media and their critics highly trustworthy and consider the review an important cultural genre, despite the many new types of critical arts- and culture-related discourses circulating across platforms. These findings contribute to especially cultural journalism studies, which have taken very little interest in the audience perspective but also to audience studies, which have shown no particular interest in people’s use of cultural information.


Audience research Cultural criticism Cultural journalism Media use Media trust 



The study was funded by Dagpressens Fond (data collection) and Independent Research Fund Denmark, DFF-grant 4180-00082.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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