""If writing this book has confirmed anything at all, it's that criticism without risk to the critic has no value whatsoever – that an opinion is only worth as much as its author has to lose: their good name; their reputation; their audience; their job.""

Mark Kermode.


I think there are some good points there but not sure I entirely agree. I do think good blogging and good criticism is strengthened when the writer in question puts their name to it, but only to a certain extent. I totally understand why some prefer anonymity, especially given recent blogging events. A lot of great bloggers did their work anonymously, notably Belle de Jour to name but one. What do you think?