”The Belief That Criticism Is Inherently All-Encompassing”

Matt Taylor

Häromdagen landade Europeiska rymdorganisationens rymdsond Philae på kometen ”67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko”. Ett stort steg, får en anta, för europeisk rymdfart.

En brittisk fysiker som hette Matt Taylor som hade jobbat med projektet gav intervjuer iförd en skrikig mjukporrskjorta med lättklädda kvinnor på. Chris Plante och Arielle Duhaime-RossThe Verge sågade hans skjorta under rubriken ”I Don’t Care If You Landed a Spacecraft on a Comet, Your Shirt is Sexist and Ostracizing”.

Som så ofta när det handlar om sexism lät läsarstormen inte vänta på sig.

Idag svarar Chris Plante under rubriken ”Why I’m Most Critical of the Things I Love”, med underryckaren ”Criticism Doesn’t Mean We Hate Something – In Fact, It’s the Opposite”. Några stycken slår verkligen huvudet på spiken:

There is one type of reply to the piece that most concerns me and that I want to dissect. It’s the belief that criticism is inherently all-encompassing, that disliking part of something means a critic dislikes the whole. And worse, that if someone or something receives negative criticism, it is spoiled for the remainder of history.

These are some of the accusations I’ve received: I hate science, I hate progress, I hate men, and that now no one will remember this space landing. None of this is true.

Though I wrote a critical piece about Taylor’s shirt, I am not excluded from appreciating Taylor as a scientist, or the Philae landing as a profound act of human intelligence. Nor does it mean the landing is forever tarnished by what I wrote, along with incredible support of my colleague Arielle Duhaime-Ross. Writers can be egotists, but no one is crazy enough to think an op-ed is bigger than this decade-long experiment in space.

The hope of a critic is that their work inspires readers to have conversations …

… As humans, we criticize because we care deeply about things.

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