Everyone’s A Critic

From Movie Reviews, Book Reviews, views on the various topics found in the forums or simply during the planning or discussion stage of an office project. There is simply no way to please everyone! And all we can ever hope for, is that the majority view is in sync with ours.

Here we are not merely talking about an exchange of ideas or creative thoughts, nor are we on the subject of appreciating the difference of thoughts in others. We are actually talking about dealing with the harsh remarks and judgments by others. Yes I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and that if everyone were to share identical thoughts on every subject then we might as well all be robots. However some opinions can be downright maliciously brutal attacks while others can come from someone that one might consider intellectually challenged and still he/she insists on passing on their ‘invaluable’ judgment.

Yes it can be quite unsettling even upsetting but why let it or let them get to you? Why give them that satisfaction or power over you? If the majority view is in your favor why care what the rest think?! However if the majority view is against you then strip away everything else and deal solely with or ponder over the facts.

Here’s something on Objectivity Vs Subjectivity…..

The difference between these two important ideas is the difference between fact and opinion. Facts are objective and provably true; however, if no clear facts exist about a topic, then a series of balanced opinions needs to be produced to allow the reader to make up his or her mind; opinions are subjective ideas held by individuals and so are always biased. If unbalanced opinions are presented as if they are facts, they act as propaganda or persuasion, e.g. a newspaper headline might state: “Youngsters are the prime cause of trouble in this area”. This is presented as an objective fact but is clearly a subjective opinion.

An objective piece of information, therefore, needs either to be the whole truth and at least be unbiased or balanced, whereas a subjective point of view is biased because it is either not the complete picture or it is merely a viewpoint or expression of feelings.

When studying literature, it is best to be objective when you consider a text’s qualities. Of course, literature read for pleasure should be approached subjectively as this allows you to ‘be there’ with the characters, feeling involved with the plot and so forth. But when you discuss literature for an essay, it is far safer to ‘stand back’ and see it objectively for what it is: no more than an attempt to engage and hold your attention, build trust in its writer, and persuade you to a way of thinking – the writer’s way!

Looked at objectively, a text is no more than a ‘vehicle’ for communicating a persuasive message. This applies to characters and settings, too – all highly compelling and believable ‘vehicles’ for the writer to convince you to think his or her way!

Here’s a tip if you sometimes get confused between the two…..simply break up the word smaller

➡ i.e. Object = thing , Subject = person hence the object deals with things or facts and subject deals with the person, opinions or feelings towards.