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Too Critical?

I know people get defensive, but on the other hand critics can be assholes, if not just flat-out wrong...and assholes.

I often feel guilty for hating popular things and it kinda makes me feel like the old guy yelling at kids from his porch. I step back and wonder...am I just being a crank and the movie was good, or was it really bad and everyone else is just crazy?

At this point I remembered "Knight Rider". It was an 80's show about a man and a futuristic car solving crimes...I think. I loved that show when I was a kid. The intro was freakin amazing. I even liked the sound of the cars voice. But looking at it now, it's terrible. Stupid. Vapid. Ridiculous. Did it scar me? Did it scar the minds of America's youth? Is it contributing to the degradation of civilization? (actually, that's hard to quantify isn't it?)

So why am I so hard on these movies? Why not just let kids have their vapid eye candy? Sometimes people make a big deal over nothing just for the fun of it...which is what makes it fun. But I think fun...is the problem. Anything can be fun. Shopping can be fun...and it can also be stupid and potentially very destructive to your way of life. Going out and partying can be fun...but how do you party? What's involved in all this fun? How does it affect you in the long run? Ever listened to someone say they like a song they barely know the words to? They don't care, they just like the feel of it.

Well, all this might sound familiar to you. How do people interpret the news they listen to? How do people vote or gauge the politicians, policies, or whatever? Are they more critical and discerning- or do they go by feel and social momentum? Do they understand the details, or are they focused more on the flash-bang of what's going on? Do you buy by brand or by specifications?

I was thinking...there are similar beats here. It's not a direct connection, but you notice how movies, news, politics and all that have a hype about them? They hype you up- blow the situation way out of proportion. You find that people immediately react to it. They form an opinion immediately. New iphone coming out. Can see the cells on your fingertips with this one. Screens half an inch bigger. No more stone-age squinting on the subway. It's waterpoof...or proof. Whichever is not legally binding. It only costs $1000 dollars. Without accessories. Another one will come out a year later...be announced two months after you bought the last one making it already feel obsolete.

Don't know. Maybe I can't see the fun in it.

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just think of the positives..like the films an series kept the cardboard box factory open for buisness....kit was the car of the future an i think it now here...
 
"I know people get defensive, but on the other hand critics can be assholes, if not just flat-out wrong...and assholes.

I often feel guilty for hating popular things and it kinda makes me feel like the old guy yelling at kids from his porch. I step back and wonder...am I just being a crank and the movie was good, or was it really bad and everyone else is just crazy? "
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As an oldie, I DO try to take a step back from things sometimes to consider and evaluate my feelings, give myself time to form a considered opinion balanced by a desire to understand the point of what I seeing.
I'm just an old stick in the mud. I know it. And so, in the hope that I might , with all my foibles, be tolerated, I DO try to be tolerant.

I hope that makes sense.
 
Shiyo,
my brother has a saying which he regularly wheels out in attempt to reconcile himself with any given disturbance that occurs;

"They can't help it, they're only people ".

I would go farther than that. I would say;

" We can't help it, WE are only people ".

I admire your questioning of things and hope that you find the answers that you seek.
 
I think it's good to gauge movies for what they are. If it's just meant to be fun, so don't compare it to the Academy Award winners. Not everything is going to be a classic and shouldn't be judged as if it will or could be.
 
tinacrabapple,

I think that comment should be adopted for life in general.
It is what it is.
 
tinacrabapple;bt11718 said:
I think it's good to gauge movies for what they are. If it's just meant to be fun, so don't compare it to the Academy Award winners. Not everything is going to be a classic and shouldn't be judged as if it will or could be.

You trying to tell me to chill out, maam? Sounds good :)
 

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