Could you amplify on that concept. We frequently get comments about photos, such as 'Great shot', 'Nice shot', 'I like that', 'Well done!' etc.
Would you infer from such comments that the people making the comments have good taste? Or would you infer that such people are sometimes trying to please and curry favour, or make friends. In other words, basically being hypocritical.
My own view is that any comment is only useful if it's an honest comment, without bias and favour. It's even more useful if it's accompanied with some rational reason supporting the opinion.
The point that I'm making is that just stating an opinion does not provide any useful information, other that what you as one individual happen to think. As I wrote, it tells more about you than about the photographer (artist) or the work.
Saying "Nice shot
" or similar is no different than saying "I hate it
." Frankly, why should I, or anyone for that matter care what you think?
If one wants to provide useful criticism that makes me care then starting a discussion about the nature of the subject, the composition, the presentation and so forth has value. The creator of the image and others are still just left with what you
think, but at least they have an indication of your thought process, which may be of interest or value.
When we read a proper book or movie review we learn something about both the subject and the reviewer. Casual commentary doesn't have to rise to the standard of a formal review, but it should do more than just opine. Also, insulting the creator of the work just isn't a good may to win friends and influence people.