- 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
(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.