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https://slate.com/culture/2018/01/the-reviewers-fallacy-when-critics-arent-critical-enough.html

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When Critics Go Soft, Audiences Pay the Price
Not long ago I picked up To Rise Again at a Decent Hour , a 2014 novel by Joshua Ferris, mainly because of the lavish praise on the cover: "Brilliant"- Washington Post. "A major achievement"- New York Times. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. I read the book. It is proficient.

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Types of critics

Critics are criticized for being offenders of a few specific types:

  • Overintellectual nitpickers.
  • Soft touches who are paid by studios an...

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The Reviewer's Fallacy

We've all have experienced shows that we've read high praise for, then been disappointed by. One of the root causes of the reviewer's fallacy is based on the opinion that 90% of film, literature...

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Undue credit

Critics experience so much bad work that they get accustomed to it.
When they do see originality, or arguably interesting intentions, or technical proficiency, or something that is bad bu...

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The consumers wish list

The wish list differs for different people.

In books, films, and TV, it comes down to a story to which we gratefully suspend our disbelief and allow ourselves to be carried away. I...

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Different views

The set of critics’ and audiences’ interests overlap but are not the same. 

The audience wants to know if they should spend their time and money on it. The critic gets in for free and...

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