And because it's a subjective opinion, just because a person disagrees with you doesn't mean that he or she is incorrect.
Last edited by evangeline; 05-12-2009 at 10:34 AM.
So... did any men get "street parades"? I'd like to know about any gender inequity in fan-response. Well, be careful about this comparison though - Sarah Hughes won the OLYMPICS. How about Kimmie after '06 Worlds, did she get much fanfare, and how did Evan's fanfare (if any) compare?
Poster A: Lysacek is great!
Poster B: Lysacek stinks.
Poster A: You are an idiot.
Poster B's post is unhelpful and contributes nothing of value to the discussion. But at least it is on topic, the topic being Lysacek.
But Poster A's retort is at fault, too, becuse the subject of his sentence is "you," not Lysacek.
But it is often hard to split hairs this way. For some reason, I think it is 100% better to say. "What you just said about Lysacek is stupid," than to say, "You are stupid for saying that about Lysacek."
My two cents on the criticism issue: I think it's great to have positive posts and reports about specific skaters. But this does not mean that there's no room for opposing views. If people want to have a discussion about any skater that's 100% positive, they should go to a fan site dedicated to that skater/ice dance team/pair. On a general figure skating forum like GS, we can't all be expected to like/dislike the same skaters. And GS is generally nowhere near as snarky as other forums, so I don't see what the big deal is.
Full disclosure: I'm lukewarm regarding Lysacek. I seriously doubt he has better technique than everyone skating right now, let alone over the past 20-something years. But he deserved to win Worlds and I'm sure he's fun to see at shows - he is a very good performer.
I'm for the guy who works hard. Winning is a combination of being the best at the time. You may skate great in the short and not in the long. You could win because you placed the best not winning either because the better skaters flubbed the short and/or the long. Being the World Champion (you must admit) is a pretty great achievement. Being the 2009 World Champion for the U.S. is something that makes me proud and excited about figure skating. It is a good thing to be excited about anything these days. My daughter and our family has been involved in skating now for 26 years. Up and down I still think it has been all worth it. I appreciate a good jump and great flow. I like artistry and meaning choreography. It takes us away from all the other things in life; good and bad. Good shows remind us of why we love skating. Flow and lift are good things; rotation is inspiring. Evan Lysacek is one of those champions who I like. He was generous to the local skaters with the little time we had with him in Rockford.
And I ask again - what has Evan done for American Skating fans? His win has not made NBC rethink their schedule for next year or beyond.
I'm American - die hard patriotic - but I didn't swell with more pride because an American won. I was excited for my FAVORITE to win. Country doesn't matter (nor should it, IMHO, a COUNTRY does not make one great.)
Look, be happy for Evan, be happy that your favourite won, but acting like he did some great service to all Americans? A little much...
I am Canadian and I die a little everytime Patrick Chan wins something. I root for people, not countries, and quite frankly, I completely don't get the mindset of those who root country first. But to each his/her own, I guess..
I have been a fan of Evan Lysacek since I saw his skating from Junior Worlds, and I´m extremely glad for his win at 2009 Worlds. He is an American skater and I did not become a fan because of that, but because his skating very much pleased my eye at Junior Worlds (and still does). To me a skater´s country has never been a reason to become a fan of any athlete. LOL, on the other hand I have to admit that in past (long, long time ago), I became a fan of some athletes in spite of their country....
Last edited by Jaana; 05-13-2009 at 01:54 AM.
Everyone should feel to express their opinion be it "gushy" or otherwise. and be mindful that though not everyone agrees with every one else, it's OK to agree to disagree. Vent if you will, but do it kindly!
For me, it's not the criticism that matters, but as you say, the WAY it's phrased. Constructive criticism is helpful and welcome. Kindness is always best, imo!
Destructive criticism for it's own sake is exactly that - destructive and furthermore, depressing. Who needs that in this day and age? There's enough of that in the "real" world. It's nice to be able to enjoy each other and share thoughts and ideas on something we all have in common - our love of figure skating and those who do it so well.