It seems that every couple of years, I’ll decide try and socialize a bit on the internet. I know you wouldn’t think it, but it gets really distracting when every conversation partner you have in meatspace is getting constantly distracted by how good you look, so the faceless, anonymous form of dialoguing the internet offers is actually quite nice in comparison. So I’ll do what hundreds of thousands of good internet denizens do and find me a nice forum. Everything will be all good and fun and dandy at first, and I’ll be enjoying myself, but I’ll inevitably leave the forum within a year or so. There’s just one sort of mentality that I always seem to run into, that I’ve honestly just grown tired of.
I seem to be a little unusual among the type of people who post on forums, in that I like most of the games I play. I love the good games, of course, but I’m also usually able to find some sort of enjoyment in the bad ones, too. Doesn’t mean I won’t rant and rave about them, of course, but usually I find them to be worth my while. Same with most other media I actually bother to talk about. Now, I’m far from an optimist. I do see the glass as half full, but it’s half full of sewage. However, with the various forms of entertainment I partake of, I seem to enjoy more things than do most people who take the time to write about them.
Well, apparently, that’s wrong. It seems that there’s certain categories of every media you’re not supposed to like. Talk about things that are too popular, too mainstream, too unique, too simple, too incomprehensible, too casual, etc., and there will always be some person there that pops up with “That thing sucks! What’s wrong with you for playing/viewing/reading that?!” And you know, the thing may suck. But the problem here is that a) dude is applying a value to you personally for experiencing it and b) this sort of statement always seems to be toxic to discussion. And that’s really all the fun of bringing it up in the first place, but once one person’s gotten judged for it, no one else is willing to speak up about it. This isn’t a mentality that seems particularly common, but it’s out there enough that it’s popped up in every forum I’ve been a part of, and I absolutely hate it. Not being able to talk about what I experience just ruins my point in joining forums in the first place.
So, good thing I have a blog, eh? No one can stop me talking about things here.
The thing is, there’s really no wrong way to enjoy something. With most entertainment materials, there’s not even wrong things to enjoy. It’s art, everyone’s looking for different things out of it, and if the things you find lead you to love the material, there’s no way you can be wrong. If you like something, it’s good, no matter what the general consensus says. There’s no way to be wrong, whether you like something or not. Well, except for my beauty. That’s a universal constant, and if you don’t enjoy it, there’s something seriously wrong with you.
It always seems to get in vogue to hate something. The mainstream loves a singer or author, and the counterculture rises up against it. Neither are wrong, or right. It’s art, whether you like it or not, and art applies itself individually. It’s ok to like whatever you like, no matter what anyone says about it. Justin Bieber, Twilight, Slut Soirees 23, if you enjoy something, that’s just what it means to you, and don’t let anyone else take that away.