Since its release on November 30, ChatGPT has been talking a lot about the future of artificial intelligence and the possibility that it has the potential to wipe out entire job markets – in software development, copywriting, service customer, etc ChatGPT is a language model created by OpenAI, an AI research and deployment company, that answers users’ questions and performs written tasks in a conversational way. ChatGPT can write essays, computer programs, research proposals, legal contracts, cover letters, and more, but can they write art reviews on the same level as our beloved art writers at The Crimson? I asked ChatGPT to write reviews of some of the most popular arts (film, music, TV, books, and theater) that The Crimson Arts has reviewed in the past. Here is what he replied:
User: “Write a short review of Pixar’s ‘Soul’.”
ChatGPT: “‘Soul’ is a beautifully crafted and emotionally powerful film from Pixar that explores the meaning of life. The animation is stunning and the film tackles deep themes about finding and pursuing passions, relationships and self-discovery. The voice acting is superb and the score is excellent.Overall, this is a must-have for Pixar fans and anyone looking for a heartwarming and meaningful cinematic experience.
Read our original review of “Soul” here.
User: “Write a short review of Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ album.”
ChatGPT: “Ariana Grande’s ‘Positions’ album is a diverse showcase of her vocal range and artistic growth, featuring a range of genres from pop and R&B to hip hop and Latin music. are introspective and personal, tackling themes of love, heartbreak and self-discovery with honesty and vulnerability.The production is top-notch, with a mix of live instruments and electronic beats giving each track a and a unique vibe.It’s a must for fans of pop and R&B music.
Read our original review of “Positions” here.
User: “Write a short review of the TV series ‘Tiger King’.”
ChatGPT: “’Tiger King’ is a wild and bizarre true-crime documentary series that follows the life of eccentric big cat enthusiast Joe Exotic and his tumultuous relationship with animal rights activist Carole Baskin. The series is filled with outrageous and unbelievable moments, including polygamous marriages, drug use, and even murder allegations. It’s a must-have for fans of true crime documentaries and anyone looking for a wild and unpredictable viewing experience, just be prepared for some truly shocking and unsettling moments.
Read our original review of “Tiger King” here.
User: “Write a short review of Barack Obama’s ‘A Promised Land’.”
ChatGPT: “‘A Promised Land’ is former President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated memoir and is a deeply personal and candid reflection on his life and political career, covering everything from his childhood and early career to his time in the White House. Obama writes with honesty and vulnerability, conveying the immense weight and responsibility that comes with being the leader of the free world, and offers insight into one of the most important presidencies in recent history. It’s a must-read for anyone interested in politics, history, or just wants to get to know Barack Obama on a deeper level.
Read our original review of “A Promised Land” here.
User: “Write a short review of the musical ‘Hamilton.'”
ChatGPT: “’Hamilton’ is a groundbreaking musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton through a mix of hip hop, R&B and traditional showtunes. The score is infectious and catchy, and the cast is top-notch, with brilliant performances from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry. The scenography and set design are equally impressive, with clever and creative use of projections and multimedia elements. It’s a must-have for musical theater fans and anyone looking for a fresh and innovative take on historical events.
Read our five-year retrospective on “Hamilton” here.
At first glance, ChatGPT’s answers are amazing. The model has incredible knowledge of different art forms and can describe them convincingly in prose. However, if one were to compare these responses to those of our Crimson Arts reviewers (link above), the limitations of using ChatGPT to rate art would become apparent.
If I didn’t know better, I’d think every piece of art is a “must-see, must-listen, must-watch or must-read”. In fact, ChatGPT reviews are totally lacking in any kind of negative review. While I don’t doubt the excellence of the selected artworks, I’m still a little skeptical of rave reviews without any criticism. ChatGPT’s reviews are also superficial, dare I say soulless, compared to those of our art editors. That is, art staff writers have personal experiences that allow them to contextualize art and analyze it more critically than an artificial intelligence language model, which is simply fed information from external sources. – not to mention the fact that ChatGPT is only trained on data until 2021. .
At this point, I think ChatGPT could be a fantastic tool for structuring a draft article for The Crimson Arts, but it falls far short of producing a compelling and polished review by our standards. And our art writers? I think they will do just fine for the foreseeable future.
– Outgoing Editor and Former Director of Culture Chibuike K. Uwakwe ’23 wants ChatGPT to be available to help edit art articles before his tenure at The Crimson ends