I wasn't going to post today, but I've been thinking about a post I read on Jody Hedlund's blog titled "Is Our Culture become too Critical and Open?" She is a writer, but raises many good points about criticism on the internet.
I have seen reviews from readers that are absolutely vitriolic and ignorant about the subject matter they purport to be critiquing. (And can somebody tell me why so many reutable newspapers allow anonymous comments?)
If you are going to give a critique of any creative work I think you should have a strong basic knowledge of your subject. Calling the creator names and worse does nothing to further the strength of the work. On the other hand, "It's so nice; I really like is a lot.", gives nothing either.
It is possible to be honest without being mean. Many years ago a group of potters used to get together once a week. We got into a mode of giving honest crits without being nasty about it. At the same time statements like, "It's so nice; I really like it a lot.", without any backup were not acceptable either. That two or three years were invaluable in teaching me to be open to options and to thoughtfully defend what I was doing. Alas the group gradually stopped meeting due to other things happening in our lives, but when I returned to university to finally finish my degree I had an invaluable tool because I had been through it all.
So, my question is "Where do you go, when you are working on an idea and need input?" Friends, fellow potters, the internet? I stay away from anything where people can post anonymously because I think there is too much of the ego driven fourteen year old boy out there, who thinks he knows what he is talking about, but doesn't. Not all those fourteen year old boys are fourteen year old boys...it's my catch-all label after having worked with early teens.
I'm going to post this over on Mud Colony, but may return with more thoughts. Click on the link to see what is happening in the world of clay.
The rain has finally stopped; we've had over two inches in the last four days. It's still cloudy, but windy; supposedly we will have sun by tomorrow. I need to dry out a bit. I have pots that I threw on Tuesday that are still too wet to trim.
Remember those who have given so much for the USA on this Memorial Day and enjoy the rest of the week end.
As always, thanks for stopping by.......*s*