[NetBehaviour] Bad review[s]

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Wed Sep 16 03:42:09 CEST 2015

On 15/09/15 09:43 AM, Paul Hertz wrote:
> Nevertheless, I am astounded that the moldy fig style of journalism
> still persists, where the critic's opinion is the subject matter of the
> critique. I suppose it's more entertaining than opening the work up to
> the reader's judgement.

I made a deal with myself very early on in my Furtherfield reviewing
career to never write a negative review*. This came about as a result of
an experience in a gallery where a video projection piece I'd dismissed
and was about to walk away from entertained some young children who ran
up to it so much that I gave it another try and got much more from it.

It can be more work to stick with art (or writing) until you find
*something* in it. But a lazy critic is not a good critic, and their
criticism is not good criticism.

Grab a Counterparty address and I'll send you some critical approval ;-) -


* - This means that in theory I would have to turn down or not write
some reviews, but I cannot remember that every actually happening. It's
also why no-one should ever ask me to write a review of "Infinite Jest".

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