There’s quite an interesting thread currently going on at the TOS boards regarding Andrew’s Rant of Disappointment at the way negative comments are aired on the internet, specifically regarding series VII and VIII and the DVDs.
This has set me off thinking about the way negative reviews are handled by the fan sites and also the way some people bemoan these negative opinion pieces. Of course, Andrew has every right to challenge pointlessly negative and unfounded comments, like the ones he cited in his post, but the inherent disquiet from other, ‘pro VII and VIII’, fans over other fans bearing negative opinions (especially on VII and VIII) is worrying to me.
I’ve commented on the board myself, talking about my own attitude towards reviewing and expressing negative comments, but the thread worries me greatly as a heck of a lot of people seem to be under the impression that if they’ve got something positive to say about a show then they have the moral high ground to just shrug off negative reviewers and even to suggest that their conclusions require “less intelligence” to arrive at than positive ones or that ww do it to fill our “otherwise vacant lives”. It is often suggested that negative reviews shouldn’t try to speak for everyone else or present opinion as fact, while at the same time we’re being told to accept their opinion on the matters, ignore what we don’t like and just generally stop our foul whining. Is that right? Or is that totally flying in the face of proper discussion? I may be taking this a little too much to heart, but it does seem to be an incredibly frustrating attitude, to me.
So, how do you think negative comments are handled in the Red Dwarf fan site community? Are places like Ganymede and Titan, Garbage World and The White Hole too harsh and to bitter with some of their pieces? Or is it fare and just to be openly honest and frank about your opinions whether they be positive, negative or indifferent?
*I realise that once the thread on the WebBoard falls off the edge, and is deleted, this post will have no real citing point, so I’ll try and save the thread properly at some point.