Monday, May 13, 2013

Criticisms Of Criticism: "Everybody's a Critic..."

It’s safe to say that most people have heard the phrase “Everybody’s a critic...” at some point in their lives. But what does this phrase actually mean?
Some people have used this phrase to ward off criticism that contradicts their own feelings and opinions on anything. But there is another way of looking at it in a more positive light.
Everybody who buys a movie, a book, a painting - they’re all critics. We all hold an opinion about something. It makes that phrase true, even if it is used to brush off criticism. Customers and all movie-goers are critics, because it’s their money to spend and our voice to be heard.
We speak out, not for it’s own sake, but to hope that the next thing that comes along is better.
Everyone of us is a critic because we have our own opinions and feelings about any number of things. Not everyone needs to have a published piece of criticism to make them a critic. All they need is to watch, read, listen or even taste something and have a feelings about it.
Does that mean that people who have opposing opinions to your own feelings should be disregarded or tossed aside? No. Their opinions are still just as valid as anyone else. 
One important thing to always remember when it comes to opinions that contradict your own is to still respect and understand where they’re coming from, realizing that they’ve done nothing wrong in saying their feelings. If someone has the opposite opinion of yours, hear them out. See what makes them think that way, and maybe you’ll end up looking at that piece of art in a new light.

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