Critique of critics
Posted by gkb on December 07, 1997 at 22:21:54:
In response to Would you believe it?, written by Constanza on December 05, 1997 at 15:14:42
Generally speaking, most newspaper critics lack the depth of education and training to perform a true critique of artistic products. They believe the only way to critique is to harshly criticize because they are insecure about how to assess the cultural worth and impact of an artwork. It is always much safer to pan something that is popular because one can sniff up one's nose and pretend to be more learned and sophisticated--ever so superior to the 'common' folks. It is far harder to actually re-read the book, compare the script to the author's original intentions and to find the meaning in the work that is resonating with the modern audience. You see, that would require using one's brain instead of shooting off one's mouth. And often, works that feature a strong woman are sneered at out of a kind of reflex machismo--sort of shooting off at the mouth from the hip, if you don't mind the bizarre anatomy of that analogy!
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