A sign that the Reviewer’s Fallacy is in effect is copious attention to acting and cinematography (in a movie) or the quality of sentences (in a novel). … When a reviewer goes on about a brilliant performance, or cleverly transgressive lyrics, I think of Paul Reiser’s bit about a friend who shows him a picture of his extraordinarily ugly baby. Reiser finds there is nothing he can say except, “Nice wallet!”

One of the things that caused me to lose interest in perspectives shared on other social media services was the relentless “Amen corner” of posts exhibiting exactly this kind of thing. Micro.blog is a welcome opportunity to refresh these critcal inputs.

On the Reviewer’s Fallacy, by Ben Yagoda @ Slate