“It strikes me that many of the surviving critics at metropolitan dailies are bloggers,” Variety‘s Anne Thompson wrote last night. “It may be coincidence, but critic/bloggers are able to make claims for their readership numbers. Bloggers can build measurable fan bases, interact with readers in a more personal way, and demonstrate their strength with online traffic stats.

“Among the more robust critic/bloggers: The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Sean Means, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Carrie Rickey, the Oregonian‘s Shawn Levy and the Boston Globe‘s Ty Burr. And let’s not forget the most aggressive blogger of all: the Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert, who also pays close heed to what’s happening in film journalism.”