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Types of critics

Critics are criticized for being offenders of a few specific types:

  • Overintellectual nitpickers.
  • Soft touches who are paid by studios and record labels.
  • Chummy logrollers. In the social media age, you'll be surrounded by a relentless enthusiasm that might make you believe that all new books are fantastic.
  • Careerist contrarians. They try to stand out from the crowds with their cynical eye-catching opinions. "Daddy's Home 2 is the second coming of Molière."

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