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Opinion | The Dominance of the White Male Critic
July 5, 2019 | The New York Times |By Elizabeth Méndez Berry and Chi-hui Yang. Ms. Méndez Berry and Mr. Yang started a program to amplify the work of critics of color.
aesthetics  art  artists  art_reviews  blind_spots  criticism  culture  cultural_criticism  cultural_interpretation  curation  engaged_citizenry  opinions  opinion_makers  TIFF  white-saviors  white_men 
july 2019 by jerryking
Heed the human factor before judging leaders' achievements | Evernote Web
14 January/15 January 2017 | Financial Times | Gillian Tett.

Pointing out mistakes is a legitimate part of healthy journalism and civic debate. But as blaming and fingerpointing start to mount, it's worth remembering that people tend to freeze in a crisis, especially when there is a shortage of information. Hindsight is a wonderful thing for an econometric model or history book, but it downplays the human factor. There is a danger in criticizing others' decisions until you've walked in their shoes.
Gillian_Tett  human_factor  empathy  mistakes  human_errors  criticism  blaming_fingerpointing  hindsight  crisis  information_gaps  immobilize  paralyze  psychology  stress_response 
january 2017 by jerryking
Our Police Union Problem -
MAY 2, 2015| NYT | Ross Douthat.

Criticism of public sector unions has not always extended to the police, a group conservatives are often loath to criticize.
police  unions  public_sector  conservatism  criticism  police_unions 
may 2015 by jerryking
Great Thoughts, and Woolly Ones -
Nov. 7, 2002 | WSJ | By Mark Miller.

The 19th-century essayist Walter Bagehot took a contrarian's view of high culture. "The essence of civilization," he wrote, "is dullness." Indeed, civilization is "only an elaborate invention . . . for abolishing the fierce passions, the unchastened enjoyments . . . the excitements of a barbarous age, and to substitute for them indoor pleasures, placid feelings, and rational amusements."

As an advertisement for the pleasures of the mind, Bagehot's judgment may not be likely to win many converts, but it suggests why we still need that somewhat outdated life form known as the critic. Mere reviewers can keep the arts (and book) pages supplied with copy. But they can have little effect on the quality of our minds or our culture, as a trip to any neighborhood multiplex will make clear. We rely on the true critic to cultivate our intelligence, refine our tastes and show us the way to higher pleasures.
art_reviews  constructive_criticism  criticism  review  Walter_Bagehot  curation 
december 2013 by jerryking
Deja Vu -
May 21, 2007 | WSJ | Cynthia Crossen

The toughest part of inventing isn't solving problems. It's figuring out which problems are worth the effort...If you made a list of the 2,100 inventions you thought were needed, you would also be painting a profile of yourself. "Invention is really a systematic form of criticism," Mr. Yates wrote, and people tend to criticize the things that annoy them in their daily lives. Mr. Yates, for example, seems to have found most commonplace devices excessively noisy....While Mr. Yates recorded most of his 2,100 inventions in no particular order, he did make a top-10 list that proves he wasn't a trivial thinker. His top-three needed inventions all concerned energy -- a way to transform energy into power with less waste, a more efficient way to store energy and better light bulbs.

Mr. Yates, a self-taught engineer, inventor and technical writer, tried to nudge other inventors in the right direction with his book, "2100 Needed Inventions." Published by Wilfred Funk Inc., Mr. Yates's book was a list of ways people could alleviate certain nuisances and defects of life and get rich for their trouble. "We often see clever and simple devices for sale which cause us to chastise ourselves with some such remark as, 'Why I could have thought of that years ago and made a lot of money with it!' Certainly you could have -- but you didn't."
critical_thinking  criticism  discernment  frictions  inventions  inventiveness  inventors  negative_space  pain_points  personal_enrichment  problem_solving  systematic_approaches  unarticulated_desires  worthiness  worthwhile_problems 
june 2012 by jerryking
'The Artificial White Man': Battling Gangstas and Hussies
January 16, 2005 | NYT | By EMILY EAKIN who reviews a book by Stanley Crouch. THE ARTIFICIAL WHITE MAN
Essays on Authenticity.
By Stanley Crouch.
244 pp. Basic Civitas Books. $24.

Couch bemoans the mindless elevation by whites and blacks alike of urban street mores -- what he calls ''the bottom'' -- to the epitome of cool and worries about the implications for a struggling black population: ''This redefinition of black authenticity all the way downward . . . is a new kind of American decadence excused by many Negroes because of the money it makes for a handful of black polluters, onstage and offstage,'' he complains. ''The crudest, most irresponsible vision of materialism is fused to a naive sense of how far one can go in the world even if illiterate and unskilled.''...In a similar vein, he laments the idolization of badly behaving N.B.A. superstars and the spread of anti-intellectualism (''the greatest crisis that has ever faced the black community is the present disengagement from the world of education'').
cultural_criticism  criticism  book_reviews  thug_code  African-Americans  authenticity  hip_hop  MTV  BET  anti-intellectualism  superstars 
january 2012 by jerryking
How to Review a Manuscript: A "Down-to-Earth" Approach
June 2004 | Academic Psychiatry | Laura Weiss Roberts, M.D.,
M.A., John Coverdale, M.D., F.R.A.N.Z.C.P., Kristin Edenharder, B.A. and
Alan Louie, M.D
howto  book_reviews  criticism  review  constructive_criticism 
september 2010 by jerryking
Beyond Mintzberg
March 2, 2010 | Financial Post Magazine | by Mark Anderson.
Managers Are Made, Not Born. But Can An MBA Program Teach A Person To
Be A Good One? That Debate Will Probably Never Be Resolved. But It
Drives The Evolution Of Management Education
business_schools  criticism  MBAs  constructive_criticism 
march 2010 by jerryking
TV Sports Commentary and How to Fix It -
SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By SKIP ROZIN.
Sports talk should reveal the secret world of athletes and not bore
viewers with the obvious. Since television gives us all the action,
commentators are most valuable when they provide information that fans
cannot discern for themselves. We want more than a tedious dissection of
the previous play, canned facts from press releases or trivia about an
athlete's childhood. Television commentary should open the door to the
secrets from which fans are usually barred. If it can't do more than
tell me what's on the screen, shut it down and let viewers enjoy the
pretty color pictures.
sports  television  Communicating_&_Connecting  interpretative  commentators  criticism  constructive_criticism  sportscasting  athletes_&_athletics 
september 2009 by jerryking

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