Re: RARA-AVIS: Moral or Immoral?

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 24 Feb 2007

I may be answering a rhetorical question, but...

Terrill Lankford:
> Is criticizing a movie or book that you have not
> actually seen or read:
> A) moral
> B) immoral
> C) amoral
> D) none of the above

The act of criticizing in itself would seem to follow the same pattern morality alone reserves to itself-- judging objectively that which one has not experienced subjectively in order to separate one's self from all that is associated with it...yet the critique itself is neither moral nor immoral, as the narrative voice that is charged with making the critique becomes objectified in the act, & may just as easily be held up as an example of irony as one of earnestness.

MORAL, adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.


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