So if you review a reviewer he or she just might read your review. And respond!

I don’t review reviewers because, well, they review me. I can’t help but think that if I were to review a reviewer negatively it could come back to haunt me. I can’t imagine a reviewer deliberately bashing me in response, but I think someone might hear me differently if I have handed them negativity to begin with. After all, reviewers are human too. Aren’t they?

But I found it interesting to read the bloggers comments, and then to see that Joshua Kosman, who has his own blog (he only blogs infrequently), response. Both the blogger and the reviewer seemed respectful. I appreciate that.

6 Comments

  1. oh too funny! did you click on the link that inadvertently veers off to talking about his undergarments in the comments?? on meeting him, he seems to have a good sense of humor about things. we talked briefly about the standing room “outing” him on his blog (well, he’s straight). www.thestandingroom.com/blog/2007/07/research.html

    I guess in my case, the worst was when a performer I mentioned briefly, emailed me and personally attacked me. Also bad, was when Cal Performances commented (in the guise of someone else) on an entry where I criticized their pricing policies – I could tell because of their IP address, they actually commented from within Zellerbach Hall. Anyways, when I called them out on it, all comments stopped. :) Nothing too bad, but I try not to be completely dismissive.

    On Kosman’s defense, sometimes I get SICK of hearing imitative crap passed off as modern music (or dance) and if you have to write a review, past late at night, after being fed up

  2. oh too funny! did you click on the link that inadvertently veers off to talking about his undergarments in the comments?? on meeting him, he seems to have a good sense of humor about things. we talked briefly about the standing room “outing” him on his blog (well, he’s straight). www.thestandingroom.com/blog/2007/07/research.html

    I guess in my case, the worst was when a performer I mentioned briefly, emailed me and personally attacked me. Also bad, was when Cal Performances commented (in the guise of someone else) on an entry where I criticized their pricing policies – I could tell because of their IP address, they actually commented from within Zellerbach Hall. Anyways, when I called them out on it, all comments stopped. :) Nothing too bad, but I try not to be completely dismissive but even in negative reviews, to help support the arts by discussing it.

    On Kosman’s defense, sometimes I get SICK of hearing pretentious imitative crap passed off as modern music (or dance) and if you have to write a review past 1 am at night, after being fed up and still fuming, I could see how it could happen.

    Ah the joys of blogging.

  3. Heh … and the joys of double entries. ;-)

    But no, I didn’t click on the link. Guess I’d better, eh? (But which link is it? Hmmm. No time to search right now.)

    So many people still don’t realize posting something online doesn’t make them invisible or anonymous.

    I have a very difficult time with personal attacks. Fortunately I rarely get them, but a few folks have been angry with me and shown it. Sometimes it’s be commenting, but I’ve even had one person come to me after a concert to let me have it. If he dies before I do I’m gonna blog about that one, but not before.

  4. lol whoa, that’s pretty personal! How bad was it for someone to approach you, in person, for having an opinion? I’m sort of glad I don’t post pictures of myself on my blog.

    I took a small dance criticism course as a college student, and our professor (a nationally renown dance critic) warned about critics being too close to the field. As a dance critic, if you know how hard it is to dance and do the things that you do onstage, you could never say anything critical about any of it, because it’s a miracle what they do onstage. I think it’s much different living it, than looking at it, and people need to realize that.

    We’ll all have to get together sometime and share blogging stories. Some other bay area bloggers have some doozies as well…

    sorry about the double comment! :)

  5. The person who talked to me was someone I had met earlier, so it wasn’t that that individual had to figure out who I was or anything. It really was startling though, as I honestly didn’t think what I wrote was at all troubling. Sigh.

    Being a person with a bit of power, that person went on to try to tell me what I should and shouldn’t blog.