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Subj: I guess I'd argue for a closer examination of my words...you shorthanded my comments.
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 02:37:05 pm EST
Reply Subj: *sigh*
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:44:31 pm EST
First, I assure you, Tom, I can't be flamed by you. The lack of importance I assign to your opinion acts as something of a flame retardant.
Anyway...What I said:
"Something, I think, has been lost in the constant flow of Internet commentary: the ability to read the comic as a reader and NOT a reactionary reviewer who wants to treat each issue as though it were a novel or as if they are a creator."
To further clarify I said: "Most comics are better judged by arcs or in sets...as many criticisms shouldn't be leveled on the basis of one issue. The reviewer falls prey to this and then basically admits it."
I modified "reactionary" with a lot of context, all of which you disgarded for the satisfaction of saying that I sounded like a idiot.
I thought it was clear that the based on my comments, that the "reaction" I was criticizing was the over analyzation of particular plot points as though the comic is a complete story.
The reviewer criticizes the story for the details that he believes make Parker seem like a loser because he doesn't want Parker to always seem like a loser...the reviewer then admits that he really can't make that criticism yet. (Why didn't he just delete it, then?)
My reaction to the comic and my post was specifically geared at saying how I FELT reading this particular comic and the fact that the greater uncertainty made things fresh. Thats really not a reactionary parsing of plot points. Regardless what happens next issue, that won't change how I felt about reading this issue.
However, new revelations absolutely could change the reviewers assessment of specific plot elements that make him afraid that Peter will ALWAYS seem like a loser...As he himself admits, its too early to say.
And you can ALWAYS be worried about whether the presence of a plot point means that plot point will be overused in the future. Its that kind of "commentary" that I'm really questioning. Does it improve our enjoyment of comics? Is it effective and meaningful?
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, when I lamented that "something has been lost," I never said that I haven't lost "it" as well.
People who have lost innocence, aren't hypocritical if they lament the loss of society's innocence.
I was talking about the whole community of those who engage in comic commentary.
You assumed I was saying I NEVER do it and that I am above it.
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