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Let Us Not Praise Famous Men

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In last week's New York cover story, novelist Po Bronson argued that praising accomplishment and so-called innate ability is actually bad for the recipient's self-esteem and that, instead, what should be lauded is effort. He was talking about kids, but, still, he might want to skip this post: Turns out most of the online responses to his article agreed with his findings and — gulp — praised his accomplishment. (We'll go a step further, though we know we shouldn't: Two cover stories in the same week, Po? We're kvelling.) After the jump, some of blogland's best (worst?) praise.

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