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Don't Like A.O. Scott's Top 10 List? He Has a Message For You.

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire December 11, 2013 at 9:29PM

Quibble with Scott on Twitter and face the wrath of... well, you'll see.

So let's say you're respected documentary programmer Thom Powers, and you're miffed that the New York Times' A.O. Scott made a Top 10 -- really Top 16 -- list of feature films and only a Top 5 devoted to documentaries. Perhaps you'd get on Twitter and lodge a public complaint, something like this:

Now let's say you're A.O. Scott -- nice, isn't it? -- and you see Powers' tweet. You might take it in stride, or shoot back a diplomatic response about there being only so much room in the newspaper. Or, if it's after 9 p.m. on the East Coast and you're feeling a bit puckish, you might respond thusly:

Or, to put it another way:

Just another day at the Paper of Record.

This article is related to: Best of 2013

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