1.) as for “bad ideas,” part of the beauty of critical mass is that it brings together a diverse (ok, not really diverse) group of people with various reasons for being there, but brings them together all the same. so, because their ideas are different from yours, who are you to say what critical mass is really all about
I think what perhaps Steve meant to say was as a concept, Critical Mass might be a good idea, but since it’s such an organic, spontaneous thing, in practice, it doesn’t necessarily work for him. If it can mean different things for different participants, then why is Steve’s perception any less valid because it is negative?