Why, then, do critics--at least on some magazines and newspapers--continue to review films that will probably not reach wide audiences? For myself, it is partly because, as a democrat, I believe that the rights of the minority must be respected, including the filmgoing minority. It would be an offense to that minority, whether or not they knew it, to omit reviews, positive or otherwise, of films that are part of contemporary culture and of value to their cultural conspectus.
I think the concept of “minority rights” in arts coverage is a good one, and I wish more publications would take this view. (I also wish The New Republic would observe these rights in the area of dance coverage. Sigh.)