The Criticism Matrix

What do people think of this matrix of people who criticize / hate on you?

Check out the link for more of an explanation.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.


4 thoughts on “The Criticism Matrix

  1. What if you are frenemies with an expert in their field and they use their expert powers to criticize your work (if only in an attempt to humiliate you!)? Surely you would still take their criticism into account (assuming the criticism manages to actually be expertish rather than youtubish). And what if your lover is really really bad at giving you advice on your work (totally youtubish!)? It still might be nice to hear their encouragement, but their negative/constructive feedback probably shouldn’t be “taken to heart”. Seems to me that the right side of the matrix is doing most of the work. Clearly it would be better to get competent constructive criticism from someone you love rather than an asshole, but that isn’t grounds for ignoring the criticism of the asshole.

    RE: toddlers as frenemies and why the creator of the matrix is a hater (and probably a lesser rapper)

    I was a fiend before I became a teen
    I melted microphone instead of cones of ice cream
    Music orientated so when hip-hop was originated
    Fitted like pieces of puzzles, complicated
    ‘Cause I grabbed the mic and try to say, ” Yes y’all!”
    They tried to take it, and say that I’m too small
    Cool, ‘Cause I don’t get upset
    I kick a hole in the speaker, pull the plug, then I jet

  2. Yeah, I think I sort of agree with Jarrod. If anything, old-school philosophy lauds the critic-cum-hater. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t this is way we *should* be going about it. But, the fact is, at present criticism seems to be almost synonymous with dog-fighting.

  3. I don’t know about this graphic. In all seriousness, perhaps too much seriousness for this graphic, people you love and who love you can be terribly shitty. They can be bullies, they can be exploitive, and they can be oppressively negative. Much feminist scholarship has worked to deromanticize how great love is. It is entirely compatible with unethical and unjust behavior.

  4. The less of a frenemy one is to oneself, I’m thinking the easier it is to pick out meaningful criticism from the barbs, and useless criticism from the heart, and the most effortless it is to dismiss the obvious trolls.

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