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Great knowledge may not be a prerequisite of great criticism. Outsiders (people outside that field or non-experts) can take a fresh look at the book, movie, painting, culture, or any piece of art. Since the outsider is not looking at that piece for long (is not an expert), he/she can reflect on things that go unnoticed by the regular observer. Here are some great thoughts on an outsider’s perspective:
http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/virtues-know-nothing-criticism

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