# Day 227 (On being a ‘virtual’ critic)

When we were studying for the paper on ‘literary criticism’ during post graduation, our professor’s favourite quote used to be how ‘critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, but they are unable to do it themselves!’ The Dictionary defines criticism as the ‘expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes.’ Perhaps therein lies the problem ~ criticism has always been just a bundle of biases held together, that too mostly negative. Our viewpoints are mostly about ‘perceived’ imperfections, very rarely do we talk about excellence. In fact one can easily say that judgmentalism has been a part of human nature and social discourse forever. People love to hand out their critiques and opinions on current events, on films, on books, on the latest sartorial choices and a host of other such sundry topics, sometimes without even being asked.
The problem is that this was earlier confined to home-gatherings; then came the television- news channels and their commentators; and now with the social media you have billions of heads offering a perspective on issues they sometimes hardly even know anything about. Social media being viral by its very nature, a running thought spreads quickly. And you get the same link on e-mail, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter among others ad infinitum, some may say ad nauseam!!. My issue is that these trending waves generally spread negativity. There is so much good happening around us, only the media never highlights that. Good news is no news for there is nothing to ’sensationalise’ there. By contrast every single bad-event can be endlessly discussed and debated upon. And so you have tiresome negative spirals of ‘trending-topics’ on the web.
Social media has its upsides and downsides, the former far outweighing the latter. Even as we crib about the rising ‘ negativity’ around us, each one of us has to remind ourselves that we too play a role in what defines the next trending wave. At times i do wish we would all pause and reflect for a few seconds before we press ’send’ and let loose our potent thoughts in the virtual world…

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