For the last fifteen or twenty years the fashion in criticism or appreciation of the arts have been to deny the existence of any valid criteria and to make the __1__
words “good” or “bad” irrelevant, immaterial, and inapplicable. There is no such thing, we are told, like a set of standards first acquired through experience and __2__
knowledge and late imposed on the subject under discussion. This has been a __3__
popular approach, for it relieves the critic of the responsibility of judgment and the
public by the necessity of knowledge. It pleases those resentful of disciplines, it __4__
flatters the empty-minded by calling him open-minded, it comforts the __5__
confused. Under the banner of democracy and the kind of quality which our
forefathers did no mean, it says, in effect, “Who are you to tell us what is good
or bad?” This is same cry used so long and so effectively by the producers of mass __6__
media who insist that it is the public, not they, who decide what it wants to hear __7__
and to see, and that for a critic to say that this program is bad and that program
is good is pure a reflection of personal taste. Nobody recently has expressed this __8__
philosophy most succinctly than Dr. Frank Stanton, the highly intelligent __9__
president of CBS television. At a hearing before the Federal Communications
Commission, this phrase escaped from him under questioning: “One man’s mediocrity __10__
is another man’s good program”.
该句的主语 the fashion是单数.
such as 是固定搭配.
relieve sb of/ from sth 是固定搭配, 意思为 “减轻某人(的负担等)”
因为其先行词为 the empty-minded,而 “the+adj/p.p” 表示一类人时,通常表示复数概念.
the same 表示 “唯一,独一无二”的概念,因此必须加定冠词.
该句的主语 the public 表示的是单数概念.,这一点从后面的代词it 可以看得出来.
more than 搭配,引导出比较状语从句.
escape在作 “被某人情不自禁地说出来”讲时,是及物动词,而只在作 “逃跑”讲时,才时不及物动词.