Tuesday night we had a chance to write on the white board our “Top 5” in film, literature, music and in art. It was quite interesting activity to see everyone’s top favorite and least favorite of each subject. Some were similar and of course some were not. Soon enough we began to discuss our opinions on what was on the board. As we discuss we shared, A. O. Scott review in New York Times, that we get out opinion from personal taste. But where do we get it? It simply starts off as a conversation. It’s the collaboration with someone else then it evolves as a dialog. It is a fundamental social act, and a much as we thought (well at least I did) it is not an individual act. For instance, when we think about who is reading our blog we are thinking of who we are engaging with, that’s how it functions.
Discussing the “Top 5” in music, we were discussing if we were evaluating the music or the artist. The certain standards that appeal to us and why. In one of the levels of taste is how the upbringing of it as we were growing up. It proves that it is not something that comes from within us but the product of the outside. Our parents, older siblings or friends influenced their favorite music or books with us. Because it is more meaningful if you can share that. It is a way to share the experience and it is sharing a piece of yourself to the other person. That is criticism is all about to share the dialog and that gives that work meaning. Even if you don’t agree or like it, it is important to know. You feel connected to that person and/or to the work.