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"Rotten Tomatoes" in the field of popular cultural production

Shepherd, Tamara (2009) "Rotten Tomatoes" in the field of popular cultural production. Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 18 (2). pp. 26-44. ISSN 0847-5911

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Abstract

RottenTomatoes.com is a film review site that aggregates reviews from various journalistic and non-professional sources, offering a comprehensive resource for casual users as well as an online community of film buffs. This paper considers how Rotten Tomatoes functions as an example of online film criticism within the context of a field of popular cultural production. Rotten Tomatoes is situated within the enterprise of film criticism, as well as the global networks of media conglomerates. I argue that the commercial underpinnings of online film criticism results in the renegotiation of traditional critical functions as well as popular involvement in film communities. Rotten Tomatoes provides a case study of how popular discourses operate in contemporary culture industries that are marked by convergence.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.filmstudies.ca/journal/cjfs/
Additional Information: © 2009 Canadian Journal of Film Studies
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 15:34
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 09:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/59452

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