- Gene Seymour: News of film critic Roger Ebert's death lamented across Internet
- He says in many ways blogs owe existence to example set by Ebert, critic co-host Siskel
- He says they changed view of what a critic does, made it less formidable
- Seymour: Ebert's approach was openhearted enough to assess all manner of cinema
Explore more about the fascinating world of the late film critic Roger Ebert in an encore presentation of the CNN Film "Life Itself," Friday, January 9, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. Gene Seymour is a film critic who has written about music, movies and culture for The New York Times, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post. This editorial was written shortly after Ebert's death in 2013.
(CNN)Roger Ebert's death, coming so soon after he announced he was curtailing his movie-reviewing schedule because of recurring cancer, is being greeted—especially across the Internet--with widespread shock, and the kind of grief one feels when one loses a longtime neighbor, a trusted friend, a beloved teacher whose lessons may not have had an immediate impact but became more meaningful with time.