I have often wondered why some people can only criticize and not praise others or offer moral support. Then I realised that many derive joy from deriding others and belittling their efforts. I’m not referring to professional critics here but individuals who aren’t experts in the field they are criticizing.
Individuals referred to as Professional Critics take it upon themselves to ensure that artists, writers, musicians, sportsmen etc come out with the best of the best in their respective fields. What differentiates these critics from others is the fact that they have well-grounded knowledge of the field in which they spew out their critical words and statements.
Actors and actress give their best, Hotels provide the best services they can, writers and poets produce magnificent works due to reviews and constructive criticisms.
However, most people are not professional critics. They usually lack knowledge about what they criticize – they say or write what they feel without concrete reasons other than their level of reasoning and emotion most times. Instead of criticizing, they ridicule. Professional Critics usually state the reasons for their criticism which whoever is concerned, would consider as pointers for improvement.
This site is blessed with wonderful writers and invaluable readers. However, from time to time I’ve read certain comments on different articles by readers that are insulting, sometimes baseless and offer no pointers for improvement. These ‘critics’ fail to pass their message across but only ridicule the work.
I understand that readers expect more from their writers but the fact is not everyone can be at their very best all the time although there are exceptions. This is why ‘healthy criticism’ or ‘feedback’ is absolutely necessary. What many fail to understand is the impact of healthy criticism – it goes a very long way in helping the writer, musician etc.
The fact is everyone is guilty of this – including ME. We criticize our musicians, role models, actors and actresses, sportsmen and women, writers etc without considering the effort and time they put into their work.
I’m not against freedom of speech. Not all. However, there is always a limit to every right. Anytime you want to criticize someone or something, ask yourself “Can I do what he/she has done?” if you honestly believe you can, then proffer ‘healthy criticism’ and don’t ridicule the work or it’s author.
Critics and Criticism have engendered the production of great works of art, novels, movies, paintings, poetry etc. but what strikes me is the fact that people rarely know or remember the names of Critics, however, those criticized rarely forget. Indirectly, critics serve as some sort of PR agents to those they criticize as they draw the attention of others to what has been produced or published or offered.
Before you comment on this or if you ever do, consider if your comment is a form of healthy criticism to encourage and improve or if it’s insulting to ridicule, before you push the enter button.
Thank you for reading.