I understand how he feels. People pour their hearts into creative projects, and snarking (‘snide remarks’) nearly assassinates our desire to keep at it. He says he’s not on the internet or even email because criticism of his ‘prequel’ trilogy of Star Wars films so soured his enjoyment of his accomplishments. Jar Jar Binks is his ‘favorite character’ as a retort to people scoffing.
A head chef last week told me cooking was more of a pleasure before Yelp. People’s criticisms take the edge off our joy. Every semester end, I get complaining email from students, so have to bring out the numbers and %’s on their Scantrons as evidence of how much they really learned and understood.