META: The Problem of Subjectivity

Andrew Burton tuglyraisin at
Thu Mar 13 15:19:53 PDT 2008

Martin Phipps wrote:
> My "thesis statement" is that purely subjective criticism is
> completely useless and, as tem2 points out, potentially insulting.
> Somebody says they don't like my story.  So?  They go on and on about
> not liking it.  Okay.  Does the person have anything constructive to
> say?  Apparently not.

I disagree.  I've had my stories called "banal" and my characters 
"tin-eared" by a professional comic book writer, criticisms I accept 
proudly.  Sometimes knowing that someone thinks your doing something 
wrong is the best indicator that you're doing things right.

Andrew Burton
tuglyraisin at - A Guide to Esoteric Technology in Paragon City - Take a guess. ;)

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