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On “Objective” Reviews and the Importance of Being Earnest

"Let me tell you why your opinions are objectively wrong, good sir."

“Let me tell you why your opinions are objectively wrong, good sir.”

An appeal to objectivity is something that everyone has probably encountered at some stage. The word tends to get bandied around in art criticism when someone voices an unpopular opinion, usually a negative one. It’s silly, because you wouldn’t think there’s any objectivity to be found in something as nebulous as art, but it’s still a popular way of thinking (especially with the TrueAnime crowd).

Objectivity is a dangerous word.

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