Even though I'm quite fond of criticising things and correcting people, it's not very often that I actually do so. (Which is probably due to some urge for social acceptance, but that's another topic.) I was thinking about writing something criticising, the train of thought running through my head as I went to have a shower, and pretty soon, due to the incredible effect the shower has on my mind, I started thinking about my critique in general.
If there's something I want to criticise, often I tend to prelude it with a foundation of objective writing. Or rather, as I came to realise, a front of objectivity. Because, since the ultimate goal is an attack based on my own bias and opinions, it's not objective.
I say "attack", but it's very rarely that it comes out that way. Straight attack is often the worst way to put something, since it always puts the other side (in a debate, for example) on the defence. And when people start defending something, they will often do so blindly, even if in normal circumstances they would see the fault in it. Instead, I prefer to wrap the criticism up in "sweetener" if I can. Poison always goes down better in the form of candy.