On Wednesday I blogged about the survey I asked you guys to take to help me finish my research paper, titled The Value of Film Criticism in Comparison to the Decline of Print and the Rise of Online Publishing. I mentioned sharing the research if it was of interest to anyone in the comments section. I was surprised by how many of you said you’d like to read it! It sounds like we have a lot of part-time research analysts in the house!

If you’d like to read my paper, right click on this link to save it to your desktop.

The research data is somewhat skewed because it cultivates the opinions of online respondents only. I acknowledge that in the paper and cite the need to speak with people who are more fond of traditional media to get a true cross-section of opinion.

The paper itself is a brief outline of the problem facing print critics, followed by some research examples gathered from previous paper and concluded with an examination of chunks of data gathered from the survey. Only the more interesting or surprising tidbits. The full survey results have been tacked on to the end of the paper.

I chose the subject as a means to identify the value opinion leaders placed on film criticism with the hope that I could somehow leverage the information to benefit Theater Hopper. In the end, I think I ended up giving comfort to the enemy by identifying the ease with which print critics could bring their talents to an online environment.

I guess if I was going to take away a positive for myself, I appear to be doing things right or at least servicing a need for film fans online. So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

I took the day off from work Tuesday to write this paper. 9 pages and 3,000+ words. I’m surprised I was able to put something like that together on such short notice, but kind of ashamed that I waited until the last minute to do it. Just the same, I’m proud of the paper and I’m happy that there are those of you who are interested in reading it.