Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Does Critical Thinking Require Being Critical?

One of the things that I have noticed about myself is that I almost always give people the benefit of the doubt and realize that I there are two sides to every story. I also tend to look at the positive no matter what...

I am following a Linked In discussion group and one of the questions was about the movie Kung Fu Panda 2. I had written a simple blog post about some things I gleaned from the movie. I was upbeat and positive.

It seems though, that it is almost a necessity in the blog world, to find the negative and point that out if one is to be a critical thinker. Now that we all have access to everyone's opinions, it is important not to be too positive or enthusiastic about anything or people will think that we aren't thinking it through. A book can't have a five star rating or we're not credible reviewers.

Because of technology everyone now has the opportunity to write in a very public place (the internet) where the whole word has access to our thoughts. If more credibility is given to those who can find the negative in everything, does this mean we will becoming increasingly more negative?

Well, I'm not buying into it. I'm going to continue to find and write about the positive whenever I can. There's enough negativity around us.


Suzy said...

Amen to that! I wish we all too Pollyanna as our model for the day a little more frequently. I don't even know what they could have found negative about the movie (and happy in my ignorance).

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Kelley said...

Amen to that! I try to be the same way :)