TV Critics Hate Everything I Love

It seems as though every time I log in to the computer, some new hater has posted about how crappy and/or dismal some show was. But not just any show, a show that I absolutely loved. DVRd and re-watched the next day loved. Whether it be Pan Am (RIP), Keeping up with the Kardashians, or a live event like the Oscars, they’re tearing it a new one all across the web. From fake slap to fake song and dance number, these critics watch and conquer virtually every televised event.

Is my taste just that bad? That I love everything the pros are itching to remove from their memories? Or do critics get more web traffic by including drama in their posts? Whatever it may be, it’s a trend I’m growing to hate more and more by the day.

Where’s the Clout?

Other than a fancy title and/or large online following, what allows someone to become a TV “critic”? Is there some type of training course they must pass? Do they have to be involved in upper level acting classes? Must they understand production value from top to bottom? Sure these writers can write, but what are the rest of their TV-judging qualifications? (No we’re not talking fans or bloggers here, but the high up big wigs in newspapers’ or TV stations’ websites.)

Until some type of training system is put into place (or made public), I’ll continue to use the critics as I always have: to take their opinion, and feel the exact opposite.  

By BethaneyWallace

About the author

Bethaney Wallace is a professional writer and co-owner of The Social Robot. Other than blogging, she can be found drinking tea, looking for new DIY projects, and maxing out her library card.

More From BethaneyWallace

Parks and Rec characters' bullying of Jerry Gergich is getting old.
Read More
The Office's Jim has a new job that's caused a long list of awkward TV moments.
Read More
2 Comments
On: Thursday, February 28, 2013
Eric - TV Geek Army "Revered Leader" said:

Very interesting thoughts, Bethaney. 

I think with the advent of the Internet, criticism has been "democratized" of however you want to phrase it, meaning that literally anyone with a web connection can declare themself a "critic." 

Further, you're absolutely right, it's a lot easier to be a "hater" than a lover. And you helped me to realize that a big reason why I launched TV Geek Army was to help celebrate what is great about television today... which is certainly quite a lot. And what's great for someone (or a "critic") will be different for others. 

Which is why I don't mind negative criticism at all as long as it is substantive and well-argued. That's really what is at a premium for criticism overall today. 

 

On: Thursday, February 28, 2013
BethaneyWallace said:

I can buy that. Look forward to more positive posts in the future!

Name:

Email (Will not be used):

Comment:

characters left
 

Featured Articles

Popular Today

 
 

Recent Comments

Parks and Recreation: why is everyone so mean to Jerry?
I just finished the series on Netflix and can not wrap my mind around how he is treated. I never found humor in any of the scenes...
Swamp People, "It's Personal": men at work
Wow, very hard work , 1st they are hooked with a hook in there mouth , 2nd they come along with a shot gun and shoots it in the...
Stitchers: everything changes in the finale, "All In"
I think something is up with Nina--to me, it looked like something just occurred to her and she got up to go do it or find out about...
Stitchers: everything changes in the finale, "All In"
Am I the only one who thinks that something bad is going to happen to Nina based on the brief cut of her during Cameron's closing...
My Last Days: powerful documentary airs on the CW Network
I received a wonderful compliment from Justin Baldoni in regard to this article, he said, "Wow thank you for this beautiful article...
Hoarders: Buried Alive, "Stop Touching My Stuff!": my kind of clean
I have lost people greatly I've had severe depression since 12 I'm 43.luckily for me I was not a harder. This was the first show...
Hoarders: Buried Alive, "Stop Touching My Stuff!": my kind of clean
Poor kid has serious mental health issues!!! Haley needs help!!!
12 Monkeys: The end of the season is a "Memory of Tomorrow" and it'll blow your mind!
At this point, it's not what the writers CAN do with a time-travel story, it's what they will do to make it satisfying and legendary...
12 Monkeys: The end of the season is a "Memory of Tomorrow" and it'll blow your mind!
Cole could definitely use a collection of photos of everyone he's ever met to show to people, that's for sure! I don't know if they...