For a long time, I have been an advocate for sharing opinions freely and with honestly. Sadly, honest critique can hurt people you care about and offend others. It seems that finding a balance between honesty and attack is where true critical thought and feedback lives.
Unfortunately being truly unfiltered with your feedback in business or academia can create conflicts with employers, clients, and colleagues. While being too harsh in other areas of life can make you a cruel critic and let’s be honest: friendless.
However, over a pint with a friend or peer a portion of the experience to hearing feedback such as
“You do look fat in those jeans”
“Your product is crap”
were decidedly softened because of the informal environment and sensibilities that had been lubricated with libations.
So… what is the point you ask?
I was recently assigned a critical comment on a paper for my MA. It was the act of reading content critically and writing a paper as a critic that I was reminded of a project that had never even gotten off the page.
A few years ago I was having dinner (well…beer and nachos) with some friends who were equally passionate about sharing opinions and ideas without worrying about all of the ramifications. Over drinks we decided we were each able to be the most constructive without being hurtful when we were out for a drink in a safe environment. We decided to create a project that was lost to the path of good intentions until now.
So in the interest of stretching my own boundaries and taking on another project that my professional, scholarly, and personal lives may not love I offer you the first podcast from Critically Drinking.
Remember: I am an amateur in this space and have lots to learn, but it is my own Minimum Viable Product. If you need to rip it to shreds at least offer to buy me a drink first.