I have worked with theatre myself and when it comes to expressions I can easily say that you need constructive critisism to be able to create on stage.If the director of the play would start to chew you out completely and tear u up as an actress you would not be able to finish your role in the play. The director would have to get some other actress for the part. Artists are usually more sensitive than other people That is why they can create. It is a process that only can happen under the right circcumstances. A positive enviroment is very helpful. You need to feel respected for your craft so you can feel somewhat secure on your feet while trying to create a character.
Yes, that makes perfect sense when we are talking about the creative act. But I'm just talking about how an audience experiences art, what it means for everyone who encounters it once the artist releases it to them. I cannot imagine sitting with Dylan (just that, first of all) and telling him what I do and don't like about his songs as he's making them. He'll make what he wants to make (I also imagine that is a problem for Dylan, who feels qualified to tell him a song should go like this or that?...and whether someone like Lanois should or shouldn't is another conversation. To do that is collaboration, though. And Dylan must have thought so, at least a little, to work with him twice). Now, once Dylan is done and gives it to us to listen to, then I can talk about, think about, work through what it means for me, how I like it or don't. And, as evidenced by this forum, we can do that collectively (with some hiccups).
I would never spend my time doing that with the work of a person I didn't think was doing something thought-provoking -- that is, making art. Britney Spears' work means nothing to me, I'm afraid. So, I don't go to Britney fora to discuss her work. Nor do I go there is talk trash about her.
I don't want to only be a consumer of products, only show my "fandom" by voting with my pocket book. That is a severely diminished relationship to things. And, Ontherun, I'm not saying you are making this latter point. That one is for Goombay (so, one last thought, I guess. #4).