It's often a sad thing to hear about death, and yesterday many people heard the sad news that famous movie critic, Roger Ebert, had passed away. I don't have a lot to say about the matter, though I still remember when his partner, Gene Siskel, died years ago. They had a good team dynamic going on back in the old days, and after Siskel's death I don't feel that Ebert was ever the same.
Critics are a dime a dozen, and in this modern era of instant videos and highspeed internet, I think the age of the "professional" critic is fading. There isn't so much demand for the opinions of a few high-profile reviewers, not when everyone can read amateur reviews from many different people regarding any new flick in the theaters. I don't see the critics fading away drastically like the stagecoach painters or kerosene street-lamp lighters did a hundred years ago, but I doubt you'll see universally renowned critics dominating the scene as Siskel & Ebert did. Everyone's got an opinion, and modern media gives everyone a voice in that regard.
Farewell, Roger Ebert. Now, let us all enjoy a good movie in his honor.