For the last fifteen or twenty years the fashion in criticism or appreciation of the arts have been to deny the existence of any valid criteria and to make the 1 words “good” or “bad” irrelevant, immaterial, and inapplicable. There is no such thing, we are told, like a set of standards first acquired through experience and 2 knowledge and late imposed on the subject under discussion. This has been a 3 popular approach, for it relieves the critic of the responsibility of judgment and the public by the necessity of knowledge. It pleases those resentful of disciplines, it 4 flatters the empty-minded by calling him open-minded, it comforts the 5 confused. Under the banner of democracy and the kind of quality which our forefathers did no mean, it says, in effect, “Who are you to tell us what is good or bad?” This is same cry used so long and so effectively by the producers of mass 6 media who insist that it is the public, not they, who decide what it wants to hear 7 and to see, and that for a critic to say that this program is bad and that program is good is pure a reflection of personal taste. Nobody recently has expressed this 8 philosophy most succinctly than Dr. Frank Stanton, the highly intelligent 9 president of CBS television. At a hearing before the Federal Communications Commission, this phrase escaped from him under questioning: “One man’s mediocrity 10 is another man’s good program”.
参考答案： 1 将have改为has。该句的主语 the fashion是单数. 2 将like改为as。such as 是固定搭配. 3 将late改为later。later和上文first对应. 4 将by改为of或者from。 relieve sb of/ from sth 是固定搭配, 意思为 “减轻某人(的负担等)” 5 将him改为them。因为其先行词为 the empty-minded,而 “the+adj/p.p” 表示一类人时,通常表示复数概念. 6 在same前加the。the same 表示 “唯一,独一无二”的概念,因此必须加定冠词. 7 将decide改为decides。该句的主语 the public 表示的是单数概念.,这一点从后面的代词it 可以看得出来. 8 将pure改为purely。在这里purely作状语,修饰谓语动词,因此应使用副词. 9 将most改为more。more than 搭配,引导出比较状语从句. 10 将from去掉。escape在作 “被某人情不自禁地说出来”讲时,是及物动词,而只在作 “逃跑”讲时,才时不及物动词.