The troubles of evaluating

Essay by Tsz Chung TongCollege, UndergraduateF, November 1996

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When we are trying to evaluate art, how do we know it is good or not? We usually fit our personal feelings to the good or bad decision. If the drawing is in my taste, I say it is good. If it is not my taste, I dislike it and give it a negative comment. Everyone's thinking is different. Thus we may receive hundred or thousand different kinds of opinion toward one event or object. It is important for us to know that every opinion is independent and is not absolute. After reading the article, I realized there is no absolute good or bad. Comment, literarily defined, is opinion given briefly in speech or writing about an event. It is a form of personal feedback. The feedback, however, can be based on a personal experience or knowledge.

Experience and knowledge can only increase in amount. Experience is personal and independent.

Everyone has different experience, no matter what the experience is: learning experience, sexual experience, entertaining experience or love experience. Experience is based on a person's life. Does that mean an older human has greater personal experience? Theoretically, it is. We see that we usually find an adult's suggestion is much more ideal than a child's. When we are judging with our experience, we are actually doing comparison. We are asking ourselves several questions. Is it better than what I had seen before? Is it creative? Can it be better? Is it professional?

However, not all of our experience is good. There are bad memories. Our judgement is therefore wrong. Thus, we have to aware that our opinion does not have a mean of absolute. It is also important to determine with another factor, knowledge.

Knowledge is from experience. It can be gained through experience. It can be gained...