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by Jerome Weeks 3 May 2010

In case you’re interested: I’m continually adding links to new reviews of the Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick to our own feature coverage — at the end of Olin Chism’s review and Bill Zeeble’s news report (four music blogs were listed in just the last two hours). Wanna know what easily is the most widely read/reprinted review? […]

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In case you’re interested: I’m continually adding links to new reviews of the Dallas Opera’s Moby-Dick to our own feature coverage — at the end of Olin Chism’s review and Bill Zeeble’s news report (four music blogs were listed in just the last two hours).

Wanna know what easily is the most widely read/reprinted review? No, not the New York Times’ or the Dallas Morning News’. We knew, of course, that outlets everywhere pick up news items by the Associated Press; in fact, AP reports are pretty much the primary default source, the digital equivalent of oxygen when it comes to padding out many ‘news’ websites. Everyone uses it.

But opera reviews?

Yet if you type up a Google search for “Jake Heggie whale of a hit Moby-Dick” — which is more or less the headline for Ronald Blum’s AP review — you’ll get more than 300,000 hits. Naturally, tons and tons of those are duplicates and aggregators and some aren’t even Blum’s review, and you have to wonder why anti-war and stand-up comedy websites are using classical music reviews for filler.

Still, if you scroll down and just start counting the names of newspapers and TV stations and eliminate all those items that aren’t Blum’s review, well … if you’re lazy (or time-constrained) like me, you may quit after hitting 70 or so.

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