Everyone’s a Critic

April 29th, 2007 by Hans Bjordahl :: see related comic

So the good news: Mr. Cranky (a site I co-founded and help run) got mentioned in the New York Times recently.

The bad news: It got mentioned as an example of what’s wrong with discourse in America.

Oh well. Mr. Cranky dishes it out. He can take it. And putting aside for the moment that Mr. Cranky is intended to parody criticism as much as the actual movies he’s criticizing (Mr. Cranky hates everything and rates movies on a one-bomb to four-bomb scale), I think it begs a valid question. Has discourse in America devolved to dangerous lows and is the Internet somehow to blame?

5 Responses to “Everyone’s a Critic”
Krishna Kumar wrote:

>>is the Internet somehow to blame?

Obviously you have never heard talk radio. :-)

Ellen wrote:

Sorry to add insult to injury, but you said you (or at least Mr. Cranky) can take it.

See “http://begthequestion.info/cards/”.

Mr. T wrote:

It’s not the information that is the problem it is how people internalize and utilize the information. Should we dare make someone actually think before responding to something or perhaps even trust them to take something tongue and cheek. I give the NYT three bombs on this one.

Hans wrote:

An entire Web site dedicated to battling a minor, common linguistic misusage?

I love it. I’m buying a t-shirt.

Sam wrote:

Criticising things is easy and you rarely go wrong with criticism.
On the other hand, if you recommend something you can go wrong. People who did not like what you were recommending will come back at you, like its your fault.

So recommending, or doing things in a better way, is risky and hard work compared to criticism, therefore most people rather criticise instead of recommend. It’s easier.

But written well it’s fun to read, too ;)

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