Reviewing on Good Authority

Here’s a question:

Do you worry about your accomplishments as a chef when you taste food for the first time and find that it is not to your liking?

Do you recount your experiences in NASCAR when some crazy driver cuts you off and you make a note of how badly their actual skills are?

Or how about your (W)NBA expertise when you watch a player miss badly – and repeatedly – and your conclusion is that they aren’t all that good?

Do you look at your master carpentry credentials when you take note of a stairway or deck or a door that is falling apart before your very eyes?

Of course you do not.

So then, why is this kind of question tolerated when talking about film-making, novel writing, TV shows, or comic books?

Here’s a newsflash:  You do not have to be an “authority” to do anything.

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3 Responses to Reviewing on Good Authority

  1. Pingback: Reviewing Authority | Space Ramblings

  2. James says:

    Dr. Samuel Johnson wrote:
    “You may abuse a tragedy, though you cannot write one. You may scold a carpenter who has made you a bad table, though you cannot make a table. It is not your trade to make tables.”

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