“…not many years ago, it was access to information and movement that seemed our greatest luxury; nowadays it’s often freedom from information, the chance to sit still, that feels like the ultimate prize.” Pico Iyer
I can’t seem to simply get good products or service and then take a deep breath and relax about things kept up with. Apparently, it’s necessary to be inundated with rating requests for everything. This “let’s-rate-things” is the new empowerment—no matter how lame or uninformed we are, we at least have a ratings’ voice.
Of course, that’s me rating the raters, though I happen to have a bit of training at being an effective rater and avoiding “rater error”—which does not mean I do not make mistakes. Nonetheless, a mistake is not always the same as ineffectiveness, whether it’s in personal matters, in business, or in ratings. But the newly empowered “Gotcha” crowd, lacking true expertise, scours the landscape for a problem and then triumphantly becomes dismissive about the entire area. And of course that triumphant gotcha is often a cover for the “raters” own lack of discipline and nuance.
It is worth noting that most folks seem to use their rating’s voice judiciously—they are not trying to wreck others. But while checking out business ratings can be helpful, it has to be taken with a grain of salt since a cottage industry of ne’er-do-wells have found a way to infect what could be a good idea.