Comments tell all

It was quite frustrating to see the huge differences in how people leave their comments on products they bought from B2C sites such as JD.com or Amazon. Take books, for instance; most of the comments on JD.com were words mentioning the quality of the printing, the price they got, or how fast the delivery was. I don’t recall anyone talked about how they liked the book or questions related to the reading itself. On the contrary, most of Amazon’s comments (not to mention the goodread.com, which is dedicated as a reader’s club) were focused on the critic of the book or debate (sometimes quite heated, though). I wonder why this is the case…until I recall classic “self-deprecating” messages on many Chinese camera fan forums, people left remarks on German-made cameras with repeated exclamation but only a few words, “German flavor (德味, Dewei),” “Poisonous (毒, Addicted),” guess there is still a long way to go for us to understand not only how to enjoy art, literature, music, etc., but also how to express and discuss with others.

On a side note, I re-started reading SF novels after reading (again) the three-body problem trilogy. Hats off to Liu Cixin. You are a hero!

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