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When Is Something ‘Objectively Bad’?

And also something or other about this movie.

And also something or other about this movie.

 

Something I’ve been thinking about recently is what we mean when we say that something is ‘bad’ or ‘good’.

For a piece of art in particular, we tend to see ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as concepts that are universally agreed upon.  When someone admits to liking a film, book, still image or Television show that is largely considered ‘bad’, we all tend to operate under the idea that liking said things are ok, so long as it’s lack of quality is still acknowledged.

I am just as guilty as anyone of calling a work ‘bad’ or ‘good’, but the question remains; Are there universal, definitive standards by which a work can be judged?

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