META: The Problem of Subjectivity
martinphipps2 at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 13 16:01:49 PDT 2008
On Mar 14, 6:19 am, Andrew Burton <tuglyrai... at aol.com> wrote:
> 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.
Except that if a review truly is "100% subjective" then it isn't about
the stories being reviewed at all but about how the reviewer felt when
he was writing the review. I've suggested in the past that a bad
review may have more to do with a reviewer's personal problems then
the story written but it would appear as though such a suggestion may
be considered insulting by the reviewer. And yet it seems to me that
if a reviewer admits that his reviews are "100% subjective" then he
should give up any pretense of objectivity, accuracy or
More information about the racc