Nick Neyland takes space in Culture Now to consider the future of the music writer. In passing, he also suggests that the days of Lion Rock and Raggle-Taggle flat-pack genre creation are at an end:
The creation of new micro-genres has certainly waned since the music press was drained of its power, although it could be argued that it was relatively easy to corral a group of likeminded writers to push new concepts onto the music world back then. A small batch of tastemakers, experiencing relatively minor competition from other outlets, could dream up daft concepts over a few beers at lunchtime and then easily foist them onto a large group of avid readers (how else to explain the ill-fated Romo revival of the mid 1990s?). A vast quantity of writers, all competing with hundreds of other music websites and publications, are going to find it much harder to coalesce ideas about genre and other grandiose concepts.