GoalFor this assignment, you will become the critic of a work of art or consumer
GoalFor this assignment, you will become the critic of a work of art or consumer product. The critical review you write will combine personal reaction, detailed description, and original analysis, and will make some kind of argument about the piece’s worth or lack thereof. (In other words, would you recommend it to the general public or not?) Subject Matter: You may review anything EXCEPT a movie, book, or CD. You could choose to review a provocative exhibit in one of the campus art galleries, a theater/dance performance, piece of architecture, television show, concert, music video, or restaurant. If you want to, feel free to get creative and review something more unusual, like a pair of running shoes, a car, or a breakfast cereal. No matter what you choose, remember that you must include sophisticated, in-depth analysis of the work, and you must demonstrate your capacity to use critical language. Suggested Process: Select two to four areas of critical assessment for the work you’re reviewing, such as reliability and appearance for a car review or set design and acting for a theater performance review. Analyze these elements in-depth, specifically describing what you think is good or bad, original or boring, flashy or blasé, about each of them. Focus on critiquingyour work or product instead of just summarizing or describing it. Remember to always use specific details, and to try adding some of your own unique voice or even humor to the review to give it color! Besides closely studying the work/product you’re reviewing, any outside research for this assignment is unnecessary. This is all your opinion, and that’s OK – as long as you back it up with insightful analysis and description. Your goal in the review is to make some kind of recommendation either for or against the work/product. Think of the recommendation as your argument or thesis statement – it must be backed up with specific reasons why you would or would not recommend the work/product to someone else. Your recommendation doesn’t have to stop at a simple “yes” or “no,” either. For example, the new Thai restaurant in town may be a great place to try – but only if you love spicy food, or the latest comic book movie adaptation may be great, but only if you’re already familiar with the source material.It may help to use a published review as a model to help you in writing your own review. In class, we will read and discuss a few published reviews. If you want to find more, try using the local newspaper, searching the Internet, or asking the reference librarian for help. Remember: NO plagiarism – simply look for examples of critical writing as inspiration! SpecificationsThe essay should be between three and four double-spaced pages (12-point Times New Roman Font, with one-inch margins on all sides). No outside research is required or allowed—this should come entirely from your own analysis.