Roger Ebert was one of the titans of the so-called “dinosaur” media. He wrote a newspaper column about films, he wrote books about films, and had a television show on the same subject. That’s about as old school as it gets.
So, I was delighted when I discovered his Twitter feed and found him to be one of the most consistently interesting and entertaining writers in the “140 character or less” category. Likewise, his blog was consistently fascinating. He wasn’t an “old media” star or a “new media” star. He was a man who had interesting, thoughtful opinions and had the ability to express them in a way that took advantage of whatever media he happened to be using.
I didn’t always agree with his opinions, but I respected them and he was always my go-to critic when I wanted to know something about a film. I’ll miss him.