META: The Problem of Subjectivity

Martin phippsmartin at
Wed Mar 12 22:11:38 PDT 2008

On Mar 13, 11:59 am, Tom Russell <milos_par... at> wrote:
> On Mar 12, 2:50 pm, Andrew Burton <tuglyrai... at> wrote:
> > No criticism is objective; even the criticism of spelling errors is
> > subjective, given that some people criticize them and others do not.
> > That said, I think the better question is, "What does it take for
> > something to be considered objective criticism?"  And my answer to that,
> > "A complete disconnect from reality."
> I agree 100%.
> A review, a criticism, a dissection, or a discussion is not just about
> the work being discussed, but also about the person doing the
> discussion; any piece of critical writing worth its ink is an opinion
> piece and thus highly personal and subjective.
> I don't even try to be anything except subjective in my own reviews,
> nor have I ever claimed to do otherwise.

I have a problem with reviews that have nothing to do with the story
being reviewed and everything to do with the character of the person
writing the review.


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