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MovieReview:WonderWomanIsaStarTurnforGalGadot

Twitterpredictablyandrightlylostitsmindoverthemoreslobbery?

bits。

Today,thesamemanwroteapseudoapologyforsomelinesinthereview。

Firstofall,histitleisinaccurate—“AWordAboutMyWonderWomanReview”ismisleading;therearehundredsifnotaboutathousandofthem。

Second,theapologyreads,as,well,verydefensive?

“I’msorrythatitwasn’tmoreclearthatthislinewasmeantasapproving,”issortoflike“I’msorryyoumisinterpretedmymeaning,”whichisnotanapologybutasassydissonyourpowersofdiscernment。

AWordAboutMyWonderWomanReview

Ifyouhavetogothrough,linebyline,anddefendyourreview,maybejustadmittoyourselfthatitwasn’tyourbest,giveitsevenseconds,andmoveon。

Maybedon’tdoubledownonyourGod-givenrightasafilmcritictodislikeafilm。

(Sure,butthatwasneveranyone’spoint!

)Ifyouhavetodefendyourtweetbygettingintoyourmentionsandclarifyingtoeachpersonindividuallywhatyoureallymeant,thensomethingisprobablywrongandyoushouldstepaway。

LiketheBritishSecretSevice:“Nevercomplain,neverexplain,neverapologize。

”(Therearesomecircumstanceswhereapologiesarewelcome,butIdon’treallyconsidereitheroftheseexamplesofdefensivehole-diggingasanapology。

)

It’salmostlikesomeoneshouldhaveseenthiscoming。

Aneditor,perhaps?

Gray-hairedmediapeoplewilltellyouaboutthispositionthatusedtoexistinsomeplacescalledthe“topeditor。

”Topeditingisstilldone,ofcourse,butit’smorelikepeerreview。

“Hey,couldyoureadthis?

”Itrequireshumility,andmoreimportantlytrust。

WhatI’mthinkingofwouldbesortoflikethat,exceptwhatI’mafterhereisnottopeditingforcontentorreadabilityoroverallpolish,buteditingforthecourtofpublicopinion。

I’mnotexactlysayingaTwittereditor,becausethereareotherplacespeoplegetmadonline(Facebook,thecomments)。

ButyeahkindofaTwitter?

editor。

Lastweek,theNewYorkTimesannounceditwasgettingridofitsPublicEditorpositionaswellasofferingbuyoutsprimarilytoeditors。

Asaneditor,thatmakesmeworry,becauseeditorsareinthemostcrucialposition:betweenyouandyourwordsandtherestofthepublicreadingthemandmaybenotunderstandingthem。

WhileIagreethatwedon’treallyneedpeople(poorly)cleaningupmessesafterthefact(andthusthemselvescreatingmoreofamess),IfeelstronglythatgettingridofthepeoplewhohelppreventmessesinthefirstplaceisNOTthewaytogo。

Unlessofcourseyourcopyeditorsareoverpaid,which,somehowI?

doubt。

Somaybeagoodjobinnewcrazyonlinemediaworldwouldbethis:apre?

mptivepubliceditor。

Someonetoreadapiecespecificallywithaneyetowardhowotherswillreact。

Shouldn’tthisbeeveryone’sjob?

Isitalreadysomeone’sjob?

Doesn’titalreadyjustkindofhappendefacto?

Maybe,yes,butunreliablyso。

IwonderwhetheranyoneatNewYorksaidanythingtoanyoneabouttheEdelsteinreview。

(IwonderwhyEdelsteindidn’tnamethefemalecolleaguewhodebriefeditwith?

him。

)

Sometimesthoseinternalreaderswhodohappentocatchsomethingandwhosevoicesmattermostdon’tfeelempoweredtostanduptotheolderestablishedwhitemanwithalongcareerandmanyaccolades。

Prettyoften,thepersonwhomightreadsomethingandhaveconcernswillbeanassistant,asocialmediaeditor,orayoungerpersonofcolor。

Shouldn’ttherebesomeonetheycan?

warn?

IknowDeanBaquetandotherheadsofpublicationsneedmoreeditorialjobslikeaholeintheirheads,butjusthearmeout:apre?

mptivepubliceditorcouldhaveseenthiscomingamileaway。

She’dbelikeapre-publicationMargaretSullivan,andshehasadeepunderstandingoftheundercurrentsofpopularopinionsonline。

She’sprobablyyoung,whichmeansshe’sprobablycheap!

Andyes,she’salmostdefinitelya?