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Quit with the ratings, seriously

Permalink 08/05/09 at 07:00:33 am, by Ed, 208 words   English (US)
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Critiques, critics, scores, raters, ratings, and reviews are overrated. No, not overrated, completely unnecessary and stupid. Whatever it is you're looking at, it is never, ever representative of the actual person, place, or thing (or mineral!) it critiques, scores, rates, or reviews. Why?

Because people, en masse, is a douchebag.

Let me expand.

When you stay at a 5-Star hotel, you're buying a name. When you go to a movie with two thumbs up, you're basing your movie-going choices on two guys who you've never met and live in another state with a probability of 95.6% if you live in the USA, otherwise it's more like 99.8%. And when you're looking up reviews on a product online, keep in mind that a majority of the people who leave reviews are the people who didn't like it, or, like I said, the people who leave reviews on line is a douchebag.

I use the singular because you'd never admit to it on your own, it's only when large groups of surly people get together that they become a douchebag. After all, that's how democracy got started, right? Well, that sort of seems like a douche move, doesn't it? At least, it probably seemed like it at the time to the British.


Comment from: LCS [Visitor]
I have agreed with what you just wrote for...ever.....
08/18/09 @ 19:31
Comment from: Joe [Visitor] · http://joemarty.mediacoop.org
True, but what about this: http://www.findmyed.com/mirrormask.php
Don't tell me that's not valid - I base ALL my important movie-watching decisions on this list...
Just saying - also, speaking of that: I think "magra zarking fahrbot" would be more appropriate... :)
08/20/09 @ 07:16

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