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A Children’s Treasury of Negative Reviews

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A few days ago, Slate ran an essay called about the epidemic of nice online book reviews, about how online critics are too gentle and never have anything bad to say about books. It raises a few interesting points: Tumblr’s culture of inclusiveness and friendliness – a culture best documented by the awesome mind behind Tumblr Dot Txt –  and NPR’s reluctance to run negative reviews.

It’s an interesting read and it made me think a little bit about my own work as a freelance critic, which I’ll get to in a bit. But it also overlooked how there’s still tons of negative reviews online, in some cases far more negative than anything I’ve seen in print. Here’s a few of my favorites. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by M.

August 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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