There’s a general theme on this blog of being positive and not trashing anyone else’s work if I can avoid it. That overall theme kind of gives the impression that I don’t have strong opinions about books or movies or music, or that I like pretty much everything.
This is pretty far from the truth. I consume a lot of the above — I try to read a couple of books a week (sometimes I even succeed), I watch a fair amount of TV and movies, and I listen to about 5-6 hours of music a day. With the sheer volume of stuff I take in, there’s obviously going to be a certain percentage of it that I just don’t like. In honestly, there’s a percentage of the media I consume that I think is just plain shit.
But here’s the thing — that’s an opinion. Opinions are subjective. What I think is crappy filmmaking, another person might have based their whole life philosophy on. A song that I think is just awful might be the song that was playing when someone met their significant other for the first time. Just because I have an opinion doesn’t mean I need to share it, and it certainly doesn’t mean I think it in any way applies to anyone but me.
We’re all going to have different takes on things. Christopher and I, while doing the Men in Gorilla Suits podcast, will find that we have the same opinion on something and have completely different reasons for that opinion. It’s a podcast where we agree a lot, but take a series of wildly different paths to arrive at the consensus.
And that’s why I don’t really judge things out in public, or at least not on this blog. Art is subjective, and I in no way think that my opinion on it is anything more than that; an opinion. I might share things I think are cool for other like-minded folks out there, but something pretty much has to murder a close friend before I’ll come out and say “yeah, that sucks.”
It’s the opposite of the way the Internet works at large, which in a lot of cases seems to be “I think this sucks, and therefore it DOES suck, and here’s why you should all think it sucks too.” And you know what? Maybe it’s my problem with authority (which is, if you know me, pretty massive), but I like going the other way with things. I like saying “here’s this thing I dig, and maybe you’ll dig it too; if not, that’s cool.”
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you like what I like. It doesn’t taint my opinion of you if you think Firefly is the worst show ever. If you’re not kicking a basket of puppies in front of a bus full of nuns just to see if they’ll swerve, chances are we’re cool with each other.
So, a positive note on Friday — what’s the best book you’ve read recently? The best film you’ve seen? The best TV on the air right now? (The answer to that last one, of course, is Game of Thrones.)