What ever happened to accepting the fact that not everyone likes what you like?
Many people who are emotionally invested in something refuse to believe that reasonable people genuinely dislike the things they love. It's just weird how these people are so quick to write-off differing opinions, rather than engaging in healthy discussion over something subjective. This type of behavior makes me want to ignore social platforms altogether, which sucks because I really want to connect with people and have discussions about games/movies/television series. What makes it worse is that many of the people doing this are grown ass ADULTS.
Before I continue, I'm not talking about anyone here. From what I've seen, this rarely happens here (thankfully).
There were two recent instances that pushed me to write this. The first instance happened a few days ago--at an undisclosed website--during a discussion regarding the new season of Avatar: Legend of Korra. I expressed my excitement for the show, but I also found out that I thought the titular character, Korra, was annoying. What ensued was a tidal wave of unwarranted snark that left me baffled. I wasn't the only person who experienced this, there were many well-thought out responses that were struck down.
The most recent instance was a discussion revolving around the Marvel Universe and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I initially gave up on the show after four episodes, but decided to watch the rest of the season. While the series did improve by the season finale, I thought it was overwhelming. So, hoping to be part of the discussion, I voiced my concerns and a few things that could be changed to make the show better. And what do you know, people were pissed. It was like an enraged hive-mind of Agent Skye fanatics swooped in and decimated anyone and anything that had even the smallest of apprehensions for the show.
I don't mean to come off as whiny, but considering that I have no one else to talk to about the things I enjoy (and my penchant for social anxiety), I use technological social platforms to fill that social void. Unfortunately, said platforms are mostly inhabited by people who would rather write you off as a hater than actually socializing. It's just an odd, often times sickening experience scrolling through the comments of a thread and just seeing people bash others.
1) I really hate hearing people ask "if you don't like it, why comment?" Well, I'm commenting because I want to express myself and connect with others who feel the same way and even engage in conversation with people who disagree with me. Maybe someone can provide me with something that I overlooked, which could potentially alter how I feel about something.
2) If I have apprehensions about an upcoming film/television series/game, "you're going to watch/play it anyway" is probably the dumbest response. Of course, I just might consume the media to either put said apprehensions to rest, or reinforce my apprehensions. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a reasonable person saying, "I'm not too sure about x" and then explaining why in a concise manner.
3) Resorting to name calling simply because a reasonable person dislike something you love, even obsess over is pretty ridiculous. It also does nothing for your argument.
4) "You're just saying you don't like it, because you're trying to be cool." Nope, that's not the reason. If I wanted to be cool, I'd leave my house and do something worth bragging about. I'm actually commenting because I want some sort of social interaction and I want to gain a better understanding of the other side of the discussion.
I'm not ranting because I want some sort of politically correct safe haven, where even the most minute comment could be misconstrued as being a meany head. I just want damn good discussion filled with people who don't get in their feelings when something they covet is disliked by others. Is that so much to ask for?