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Re-Framing The Critic for the 21st Century: Dramaturgy, Advocacy and Engagement

There has been a lot of talk about criticism lately asking what it is, why is it important, what is the difference between “good” criticism and “bad” criticism and who gets to do it, anyway? This is understandable for many, many reasons, not least of which is that the general tone of discourse in our culture is at an extraordinary low while the need for thoughtful criticism is at an all-time high. We live in incredibly complicated times that require examination and circumspection. Yet things have devolved to the point that a political campaign can literally reject truth as a criteria for making allegations and a state political party platform can reject the teaching of values clarification and critical thinking skills in schools; ignorant pugnacity in the pursuit of extremism passes for discourse in the public realm and people communicate their approval through clicking a “like” button. At the same time the traditional  hierarchies for determining the “legitimacy” of critics have begun to fail. Att the risk of endlessly re-stating the obvious, the internet has changed everything and it has mostly demonstrated the truth of two time-honored sentiments:

Source : Culturebot.net


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