Mar 27 2014
The title is pretty self-explanatory, but my first entry should clue you in as to what I’m talking about here. Everyone loves to hate things, but these targets are just tired out at this point. See the other four afterward.
Jesus Christ, just stop. Everything awful that could ever possibly be said about a person has been said about Lena Dunham at this point, and as such, there’s really nothing more to say. I don’t get the fascination with her to the level where people seem like they can’t stand the fact that Dunham and her show Girls even exist. Like, the show and it’s comedy are not for everyone. It’s purposefully about very annoying and self-centered girls, and it’s commentary on our (relatively lazy and aimless) generation.
If they annoy you, it’s working to some extent, and if you don’t think it’s funny at all, then just don’t watch it. The same goes for Dunham’s body. People are always crying that her constant nude scenes “offend” them, given her body type. You want to look at super fit naked people? Go watch Game of Thrones, Banshee, Spartacus, pornography. Literally any of that. You’ll get your wish.
It’s over. Girls exists. So does Dunham. Neither of these things directly affect your life. Get over it.
The Big Bang Theory
I started watching this show to see what all the fuss was about, both good and bad. It wasn’t Arrested Development, nor Friends or Seinfeld, but it was perfectly watchable and even somewhat enjoyable. Now, a few months later, I’ve worked my way through all the back seasons to the live episodes.
This seems to be one of those “people hate it because it’s popular and not remotely edgy” sort of things. It’s vanilla ice cream, but so what? People like vanilla ice cream! Then, when trying to find something to actually hate about it, people will cite all the “nerd stereotypes” and devote entire reddit threads about how the show is an affront to true nerds.
People like that are missing the point of the show, that exceptionally dorky people are people just like anyone, and often times a lot smarter and more badass than regular people. One of them went to goddamn space for crying out loud.
The show may be nothing spectacular, but there’s nothing overtly horrible about it, and you’d think people were watching like puppies dying when they talk about it.
Reality Talent Shows
I believe some reality shows are fully worth hating. Toddlers and Tiaras, Real Housewives, Honey Boo Boo and so on. These are shows that glamorize greed, gluttony and exploitation and are bad. Very, very bad.
But reality talent shows? I really don’t understand what all the fuss is about.
No, it may not be the best thing that The Voice gets huge ratings while Hannibal flounders for survival on Friday nights, but the actual content of these shows is so non-offensive, I have no idea what the problem is. Most of the time, the shows are about finding talented, unknown people who can sing (or dance, or whatever), and giving them a huge platform for potential success. Many pieces of popular culture from Black Mirror to God Bless America have used these kind of shows as a punching bag, but I don’t understand.
You just don’t like the music they sing? You think it’s contrived and lame and pre-packaged? Fine. But thinking something isn’t “cool” doesn’t mean it’s bad. No, it wasn’t great when American Idol made an anti-star out of somewhat like the tone deaf (and possibly autistic) William Hung, but they don’t do that anymore. These shows are ultimately about finding normal people with hidden talent. Watch this goddamn Paul Pott’s Britain’s Got Talent video again if you don’t think that can be a great and inspiring thing. If you think it’s lame, don’t watch, and there will be fewer of these shows. But until then, just shut up and let some talented kids sing pop music. Who cares?
The Other Video Game Console
In my other job where I write about video games ALL the time, I run into this to no end. People buy a video game console, an Xbox, a PlayStation, a Wii, or they own a PC. Now, they can’t just have this thing and like it, they have to HATE EVERYTHING ELSE and constantly remind those who do own one of the others how much it sucks.
The reality? There are very few difference between the video game consoles (there’s a bit more between console and PC). Like for the last two generations now, the PS4 and Xbox One, the PS3 and 360 are very, very similar. But people want to go to verbal war over things like a 20% price difference or the Kinect or whether this shooter exclusive is better than that shooter exclusive.
The worst part about all this for me is that I can’t express anything approaching an opinion about either console without being called a paid shill for the other side. I will sometimes literally write an article about something Microsoft needs to improve on one day, and something Sony screwed up the next. Yet I’m still accused of working for both sides.
I own both systems, and that’s really the only way this ever gets resolved. If people used more than one system on a regular basis, they would understand that these differences aren’t worth launching verbal catapults at other fans across the internet for hours a day. Just play your games. Enjoy them.
Christ almighty. When the news broke this week that Facebook was buying Oculus, the company making the VR headset Oculus Rift, you would have thought they just committed genocide or something. People started cancelling their preorders like Facebook had literally just bought the company to stab it to death.
Look, Facebook is lame. It’s full of 95% my “friends” I never, ever talk to anymore, and my newsfeed is peppered with sometimes creepily relevant ads to my life. But as we established with American Idol, being lame isn’t enough to warrant actual hate. People are worried that Facebook will butcher the Oculus Rift by beam ads directly into your cerebral cortex. Really? Is that what they’re going to do? They spent $2B to massacre a product and turn it into something people hate? Yeah, that sounds about right for one of the world’s largest tech companies.
Facebook may buy stuff, but it doesn’t dismantle whatever it picks up. Instagram works as Instagram has always worked, and just because Facebook bought it, they didn’t turn it into something horrible. The same will likely be true for WhatsApp, and now the Oculus Rift.
As they say in Game of Thrones, all men must die, and the same is likely true for most massively popular websites. Maybe Facebook realizes they won’t be relevant forever and wants to invest boatloads of money in making the next big thing. Maybe that’s VR. Maybe they’re how we get our first full digital cyber realm. Would that really be so bad? Just shut up and let them give Oculus billions of dollars to do whatever they want.
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