28 Jul '12, 4pm
Blog post: Criticism
As an industry we often talk of our need for criticism, that the lack of it holds us back, stunting our development, leaving us somewhat immature. Inevitably this leads to emotionally charged conversations and discussions, but these discussions never really see to progress anywhere. I believe it is because we haven’t fully decided what we believe criticism to be. Dual definitions The umbrella word fosters two different but intertwined meanings: it is the expression of disapproval based on perceived flaws or mistakes, and it is also the analysis an judgement of something (typically we might use this meaning when discussing art). Our emotional responses to the idea of criticism will vary according to whichever of the definitions we are referring to, though this is often lost in our discussions The other issue I see is that when we elicit feedback we’re often not clear on wha...