Another old piece of work that was just resting in my drafts. I spent 2 to 3 weeks blanking on an essay. When I started, something made me angry and I can’t remember what. Also, I was going to start with something irate but changed my mind. Like I said in another entry, my manner should be positive.
So, here’s a short version.
If there’s something valuable to know, is that you can place an idea down, and a moment later, you can channel a different thought process. Changes are inevitable; not getting it the first time is inevitable.
Writing and Opinion
Do not allow anyone to say that opinion doesn’t matter.
It does not have to do with one being allowed to have their own point of view, but rather, it should be known where such talking points derive from and how it can be utilized. Writing should have smooth transition and clarity. Then again, people can make a living by spreading false information and triggering flames of emotions. They also make a living by using insulting language and degrading people.
The Internet is overflowing with information, and how ones’ thoughts are pushed onto another by anger. Opinions are inspired by questions. Opinion makes the gears moving, and creates the information.
Criticism, interpretation, search strategies, and knowing that it isn’t all tentative. Saying that an opinion “doesn’t matter” is a dastardly, foolish thing to say when you must design proposals and ideas for a cause. For a company. They are created to enlighten and persuade.
But what is a foolish opinion? And isn’t the term “opinion” the opposite of fact?
What is the point of the following:
- TV Ratings
- Newspaper Editorial.
- Law and Judicial Power
- Crime Investigation (Police Procedural)
Here are the current definitions for “opinion”. From Webster’s New World, Merriam, Wiktionary and Dictionary.com:
Webster’s New World
1a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium.
2a : belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge a person of rigid opinions. b : a generally held view news programs that shape public opinion
3a : a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert My doctor says that I need an operation, but I’m going to get a second opinion.b : the formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based The article discusses the recent Supreme Court opinion.
In Thorndike-Barnhart’s Junior Dictionary, “opinion” means “what one thinks; belief not so strong as knowledge”; judgement; impression; estimate”.
Please understand that anyone, including myself, could relay false information and wordy accounts, giving off the impression that he/she is an intellect. Everyone should think for themselves.
According to all definitions including from Thorndike-Barnhart, opinion can be flexible. It can either be a biased, subjective thought or a critical, well-thought out conclusion. They can be with merit.
Cause and effect are put into mind.
Opinion should be used with responsibility. Also, opinion should have a strong conviction, and prepared for controversy and retraction if necessary. Enlighten and persuade – even if you’re nuts.
Here’s some of my most scathing opinions, either well thought out or done in haste:
- Illustrator/Screenwriter histories + artists with “anime-style” work
- A director’s interpretation? (Arslan) Also…
- The pros of “Heroic Legend of Arslan” (TV series; SPOILERS)
- Doggie had a Q&A and forgot (Part 1)
- Doggie isn’t scared. Just a human being #ElectionDay #WhatTheFluff
Now of course I can do follow-ups or withdraw some things that I said.
The Arslan ones are not just mine but from the opinions of others and my limited theater experience (and I enjoy the series). Also, some sharp listening. I refute the idea that the highest popularity is where the best talent lies 100%. Because when it comes to popularity, people can act with a thoughtless passion (and through use of the above-mentioned “foolish opinion”). If you watch Arslan, try and look back and see if you have a different insight from before. The rest is pretty basic.
From The Atlantic Article “Why People Watch Movies and Shows Over and Over”:
“The dynamic linkages between one’s past, present, and future experiences through the re-consumption of an object allow existential understanding,” Russell and Levy write. “Reengaging with the same object, even just once, allows a reworking of experiences as consumers consider their own particular enjoyments and understandings of choices they have made.” This isn’t mere nostalgia or therapy. It’s pop culture as palimpsest—an old memory, overlaid with new perspective.
Now, I’ll keep what I all said in mind.
When it comes down to it, everyone is ignorant in something.
Information/knowledge is fantastic. Learn what you can on your own and from others.