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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Best Comment Yet

Easily our most popular post ever, published way back in June—seven months ago almost to the day. Who would have guessed that it would take until today for it to get its best comment? Number 107, no less! Check it out, and thanks to "The Great Unwashed."

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

8 Comments:

Blogger fivetonsflax said...

I don't see what makes it a great comment. It doesn't follow the "hourglass" rule for persuasive writing. The topic sentences are weak.

;-)

(Actually, I think the comment about "hypocrisy" is quite on point.)

10:44 PM  
Blogger Mick Ryan said...

Thanks for drawing my attention that. I hadn't read the post before and it makes me feel so much better about receiving the occasional dumbass... I mean, insightful critique of my work online.

1:15 AM  
Blogger MJFerron said...

Yes reminds me of the critiques posted at several internet sites I participate at. Sometimes it proves the photo has a weakness and sometimes it proves the critic has a weakness. I've seen phots with little if any apparent flaws and still someone will tear it apart. A boost for their ego I guess.

7:44 AM  
Blogger MJFerron said...

And... maybe it's me but did you ever notice the toughest internet critics, you know the ones with the outstanding command of the English language often can't take a photo to save their lives. Or never have a gallery of their own?? :) Ah maybe it's me. ;0

10:26 AM  
Blogger Ken Tanaka said...

That original post was a real classic that has to be considered among "The Best of the Web - 2006" and may even qualify Mike for a lifetime achievement award.

As the noted commenter observed, part of what makes it so good is that its satirical sword is double-edged. Its fore swing slashes the state of public criticism and limited aesthetic sensibilities. But its back swing scrapes the amalgam of pretense that coats so much of todays most vaunted photographic work.

Soliciting critique from an anonymous public on the Internet is, in my opinion, not productive at all. If you're a professional photographer your clients are your primary audience and critics worth heeding (right or wrong). If you're an amateur YOU are your primary audience. Learn to be an ever better critic of your own work by first getting an ever better grip on what you're trying to capture and convey with that camera.

Taking any aesthetic guidance from "shutterdude498" is pure lunacy, even in the unlikely event that s/he shows any work that you like. (Or any work at all, for that matter.)

11:09 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

Yes, very astute of "The Great Unwashed."

The great problem with Art is that it is only the Craft part of it which has real rules. The Art part of it can shift in a split second from crap to great just with a different perspective, for instance a knowledge of whether the artist knows what he is doing or not.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Tom Gibbons said...

Honestly, you should really examine other ways of creatively and expressively styling a sentence and use the hourglass method mentioned so astutely above frequently often.

Seriously tough, critiquing a person's English use is the best. I've seen too many forums where a bunch of undergrads get together and pick one another's material apart. The sky is the limit, really. Seriously.

4:04 PM  
Blogger dingbat said...

The post is a classic. I don't get the value of The Great Unwashed comment. But somehow I'm not surprised that Eolake liked it.

12:09 PM  

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