The above tweet takes a statement (“go deeper”) and asserts that a meaning the statement could potentially connote, is in fact the meaning it usually connotes. This trick works cuz advice to “go deeper” is necessarily vague. The person who advises “go deeper” doesn’t actually know what they think the person who is receiving their advice should do. All they have is a sense that the creative work being discussed isn’t fully discovered.
I personally don’t care if feedback is helpful. If someone takes the time to read something I’ve written and then respond with thoughts, I’m appreciative*. Here’s what I’m into with writing groups… when people have meaningful and fun and honest conversations. If the imperative of “only say helpful things” takes priority over having fun and being honest then, well, things don’t go well. This is why college writing workshops are so notoriously shitty. They graft the “all thought must be instrumentalized” logic of academia onto something that works better as a social “hey we’re all humans let’s have good times fun with feelings” undertaking.
Furthermore, it just sucks to think of your piece of writing as a thing that other people have a responsibility to process and improve. The dominant “it’s all about me” approach to writing workshops sucks. Putting one’s own creative development on the backburner and focusing your energies on “what’s the best way for me to help make this community I’m in as dope as possible”… that’s the good shit. Cuz ultimately it’s weird to expect people to say things that improve your writing. It’s your writing. It’s on you to work it and make it better. If someone can help with that, that’s great, but if they can’t, that’s fine too.
As for spectacle, I’m not sure what the critique is? Art engages with fucked up shit. The making of lot of my favorite art was probably—to some extent—difficult for the maker. I’ve had incredibly positive experiences making art that was difficult for me to make. Of course it’s bad to make someone feel shitty about their art cuz it isn’t sufficiently titillating, but I don’t buy that the advice “go deeper” inherently possesses this shitty secret meaning.
*I think it goes without saying but if someone says things that are insulting or cruel I am not appreciative and nor should anyone be.