Does negative publicity amp up a critic’s status?
When I began going on press trips, I would listen to the extroverts of the group talk about their publications, encounters with celebrity chefs, hosted stays, etc.. Does this make them better writers than the others? Or is the mere act of amplifying their work a way of magnifying status among peers?
I’ve observed food critics that have taken the opposite approach. Switching off from the normal “on” position of positive self-publicity, he enters into battle mode and publicly attacks a restaurant (nee chef) in the media. Does having an axe to grind in an open forum award him more clout? Or in some way reward arrogant behavior? You tell me.