Being asked for feedback on something that is absolute rubbish

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

I think you can compliment the techincal aspects of the movies, if possible, rather than the material. You could tell him that it seems like he covered it from every angle, or that the transitions, music, or lighting were well-chosen. Or even that it was interesting. Even if you think it’s all hogwash, I bet some of it was interesting.

Hopefully you can come up with something! I’m a bad liar, too.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What instantly come to mind are two of my friends that separately asked me to go through their master theses. One about lobbying policies in Israel and the other on urban planning in formerly rural areas… They were incredibly boring to read for a start, and long, but they were also written without a red thread to follow and with minimal flow. Initially I just tried to come up with a few helpful comments, but soon realized they would be toast if I didn’t do more – so I actually re-wrote both in part. Took me ages, but they were both very grateful and, I’m a little ashamed to say this, I used examples from both for the class I used to teach in scientific writing… so I guess I didn’t slug through it for no gain at all!

Now, in your case – does the videos come with comments? Because if they do I would just read through them and then try to come up with a few things to say based on that.  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

iarebridezilla:  I doubt the government will be after you for one view on YouTube. If you start searching more… maybe?  Lol. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

iarebridezilla:  so are you sayning the illuminati’s not real?! my life is a lie.

 

ok ok for realsies: why not just tell him thanks for sending you the links for the videos (or telling you about them, or mind-delivering you the address. however he got you the info), and tell him you think it’s interesting that he’s so intersted in that. then counter his interest with something you’re into (or not into). 

“hey mr. custodian! thanks for the info on those 2 videos; it was cool to see something you’re so interested in. if you ever get bored, you should check out this cat video i like. it’s a cat! dressed as a shark! on a roomba!” 

then avoid talking about it as much as possible if it isn’t something you feel good giving feedback about. i’m the same way. when my friends are like, omg y’all i read this book it was awesome holy shit you need to buy it you, need to read it, you need to ingest it, because it’s THAT good!!! then i read it and my only response is, “uh, this is on a 4th grade reading level.” but they demand to know my thoughts (besides, “you should read adult level literature…” i really have none) so i have to improvise and do something like complement them on reading or recommend other stuff they might like, etc.

i feel your pain. may the force be with you.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

iarebridezilla: First of all, I’ll echo your “Oh god”, I can only imagine how frustrating it must have been to have to do that over and over again! In my case, we all had Swedish as our first language – but the papers were written in English and at that point in time I had already lived in Canada for a few years so I guess they figured I could help “a little”. Totally fair, and I was happy to help out with that part, what I found so chocking was their inability to create a flow that made sense. Great for doing so much research, but nobody will bother to go through it if it’s just a big mishmash of facts with no structure! You should be able to achieve that even if you don’t write in your first language!

Oh, and I found out that you can sell almost anything to a group as long as it’s better than the original material. I’ve done that many times!

MrsHalpert: I love that cat, and I want to get a roomba just to see how our kitties would react!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

iarebridezilla:  illuminati cliffs notes…have you read the davinci code? does that count?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

iarebridezilla:  I don’t have advice, but I feel your pain! I once had a supervisor in a very small office pushing this movie on me that I KNOW I didn’t want to watch. Well, she brought it in for me, I took it home, and wanted to gouge my eyes out for 2 hours!! I will never get that.time.back.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I would whisper to him, “Hey, if the Illuminati is real, why did they let you make/share that video?” 

Oh, logic. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

iarebridezilla: Well, they were (and still are!) very good friends of mine – so I just couldn’t let them hang. Had it been someone else, no way. It’s a little like Niagara Falls, after having to go there 8 times (or is it 9 now?) I’m like “Nope, never doing it again”, but if one of these girls would brave her fear of long flights I would still drag my ass out there and go “Yupp, that’s a lot of water… want to walk five meter to the right and see if it’s just as much over there?”. 🙂 You suffer for the ones you love!

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