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Now that you are back. I have to agree. I really do.
I mean sure... it can be incredibly helpful if you are building a machine and someone comes along and says "hey man that screw is loose...if you tighten it you'll get more torque".
But when you are creating something artistic, the critics... well... they don't matter. Because you -will- fall on your face. You will write a horrible piece of lit that shouldn't ever see the light of day. But if you listen and hear someone tell you it was crap... most of the time you won't do it again. People tend to not bounce back from negative responses and try again. People tend to avoid the negative. So if you are a tender artistic soul.... don't listen... no matter what they say they aren't right.
That said I'm sure there are hard boiled tough experimenters who listen and filter. Maybe. I think though that those souls have simply developed a good circle of councilers and they 'look' like they listen to critics...but they are simply being polite....and thinking about cookies.
Anyways, I figured I'd share my thoughts on this.