The Atlantic’s Everybody’s a Critic online feature goes a long way toward establishing why not everybody should be a critic. Read it if you must, but here’s how a recent post pretty much boiled down:
Noncritic: I went to this highly hyped New York restaurant, ordered the roasted chicken, and I didn’t think it was all that. Why does everybody go there, anyway?
Commenter: You total sack. Nobody orders the chicken there; it’s a steak and burger place. What the hell are your qualifications for being a critic, anyway?
Commenter Number Two: Oh, wait, it says right there that he doesn’t have any.