Ishkur: I noticed that liking and appreciating t ...
HairBolus: The study is rather silly in describing a general "negative disposition" without mentioning that the negative thing is judged against something positive.
Ishkur: I noticed ...
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Ishkur: The second class of hater hates things because they're popular. This is the dialectical material hater: The Hegelian backlash to whatever has reached critical mass in the pop culture zeitgeist: Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Starbucks, Facebook, dubstep, The Dark Knight trilogy, whatever. Really, this is the devil's advocate hater: Whatever everyone else likes, they hate (especially if it's something that they normally wouldn't be into anyway). You might chalk this up to jealousy or some other shallow excuse, but really this hater just wants to stand out as an individual and the best way to do that is to rail against pop culture. And they cultivate an identity with this behavior, so if whatever they like gets popular too, they'll suddenly start hating it as well. Hipsters do this constantly. This hater usually has nothing of any value to say and you can safely ignore them.
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Ishkur: I noticed that liking and appreciating things generally comes with a sort of naivete. If you get into a new form of music, for instance, you tend to like all of it because you have not yet acquired a discriminating ear for what is good and what is not. Or the first time you ride a rollercoaster or drink a beer: You don't care, you just like it.But liking things and being entertained by them has an effect of diminishing returns, such that each subsequent exposure brings less excitement and happiness, and you're forced to seek more if it, in more potent forms, to maintain the enthusiasm (like drugs). The first time you ride a rollercoaster is fun. The 50th time, not so much. The first slasher film is scary. The 12th sequel is cliche. Our search for that which entertains us is a process of constantly searching for novelty because over-exposure makes things banal and predictable.So eventually one becomes so well-versed in the subject that they develop a "taste" for what is enjoyable and what's not. Wine and beer snobs. Movies. Comic books... what have you. These people are typically called "bitter and jaded" by neophytes, but the truth is they have amassed such an immense amount of experience that it's difficult to find anything exciting anymore.And because of their status, they tend to become "gatekeepers" of that which they used to love and they dislike any change or progression, like your parents constantly boasting about the greatness of their stupid Vietnam music.The simple reaction is to call them a "hater". But truth be known, there are two classes of haters. I've only spoken of one: The hater who hates things because it doesn't meet the standards that they've achieved through years of exposure. This is the hater you should probably listen to, because they can list reasons why they hate. They have rational arguments. Whether they are right or wrong is a different discussion, but you can't ignore that they are hating from a position of wisdom and experienc ...
Ishkur: I noticed that liking and appreciating things generally comes with a sort of naivete. If you get into a new form of music, for instance, you tend to like all of it because you have not yet acquired a discriminating ear for what is good and what is not. Or the first time you ride a rollercoaster or drink a beer: You don't care, you just like it. ...
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