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A Word About Art Criticism

[This blog originally appeared on Flixist's sister-site Destructoid, it's kind of about video games, but it's still wholly applicable to movies! Original post here: http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/LizRugg/a-word-about-art-criticism-and-video-games-220313.phtml]

What exactly IS art criticism? Can one opinion be ethically lifted above another? Do value judgements even have a place within criticism? Aesthetician Marcia Eaton says that art criticism "invites people to pay attention to special things" and that "critics point to things that can be perceived and at the same time direct our perceptions," but is is really that harmless?

Keeping someone else's thoughts in mind while comparing and contrasting them with your own is where we begin to have one of the most valuable byproducts of all art forms - enlightened discourse.

I would like to end this with a question that I am still curious about: If we have this multifaceted system with which to criticize (see the four criteria Barrett lays out) is there one (or more than one?) that are more important than the others? I.e. Do you think there is a hierarchy within these four ideas? I'd love to know your thoughts and thanks for reading!!!!!!! :D
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About Liz Ruggone of us since 7:09 AM on 03.02.2011

Liz Rugg loves animals, beer, video games, movies, media and the Internet. She lives in Chicago, Illinois where she works at an emergency vet clinic in between writing about movies and playing cute animal games. Someday she will probably be survived by her pet cats; Hailey and Hobbes. Be friends with her because she probably needs some!