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‘If You Don’t Like It, Make Your Own’ Is a Terrible Argument, But A Great Idea

Make your own.
Make your own.

As someone who makes a living writing and editing for the internet, I've gathered quite a collection of terrible arguments from online commentators, ranging from the perennially awful, 'I don't care about this so you shouldn't either,' to the specifically ignorant, 'How would you feel if they made Black Panther white?' But there's one common argument that combines dull wit with frothy anger to such exhausting effect that it deserves special attention; 'If you don't like it, make your own.'

I write about comics, so I'm especially aware of how often the argument is made in response to comics criticism. But I know that it's also used in all other creative fields, from film-making to video game design, and it's an argument without merit in any field. There is the kernel of a good idea behind it; the comic form is open to anyone who wants to make a contribution. But that doesn't mean you have to make comics rather than criticize. If you don't like what you see, there are several good reasons to say so.

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A 1966 Newspaper Predicts a Future Where People Find Meaning In Batman


With so many magazines, newspapers and books from the past archived online, it can often be fun to go back and check out their predictions for the future and see how they stacked up against what actually happened...

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