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(Guardian)   Criticizing popular things is becoming increasingly popular   (theguardian.com) divider line 181
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2013-12-25 05:40:35 PM  
i wouldn't know. i don't have a tv.
 
2013-12-25 06:13:22 PM  
i290.photobucket.com

/oblig
 
2013-12-25 06:36:41 PM  
So non-conformity is really a conformist thing to do?  Or is it conforming to a non-conformist idea of what is popular?
 
2013-12-25 07:38:38 PM  
Eh, I didn't like criticizing popular things before not liking criticizing popular things was popular.
 
2013-12-25 08:49:46 PM  
It's an art form around here
 
2013-12-25 08:56:48 PM  
What's popular isn't always right, what's right isn't always popular
 
2013-12-25 09:00:20 PM  
Ideally, the purpose of popular entertainment is to subsidize the entertainment which may get less popular recognition, but will likely end up as a better, longer-lasting work.  For instance, using loud and expensive movies to subsidize the costs of producing the more refined movies that may not make a profit.  (Note that this does not preclude the loud and expensive box office successes from being worthy in their own right.  See: The Dark Knight, Star Wars, etc.  And also, this is in no way a defense of "art films" or that kind of nonsense, which is mostly a desperate attempt from pretentious people to find meaning in "pointless entertainment".)  However, the stratification of media caused by the internet (where anyone can distribute their work on their own terms) and the surge of "fiduciary responsibility" from the large corporate overlords--where everything has to be a mega-hit--has pretty much broken that contract.

However, most people tend to miss this point, and there's the occasional backlash because people are simply tired of hearing about a topic.  Consequently, on the other end, there are stupid, stupid people who think that popularity is more often a matter of democratic validation.  This, in a country and developed world where everyone hates the outcomes of their elections, elected through a process where pretty much everyone is "qualified" to vote.  And then we assume the democratic process of selecting entertainment is somehow any different.  Occasionally, you'll find the person who can actually offer solid reasons for why the popularity of a work is unfounded, and be articulate enough about it that they can explain it to the person who knows the least about the topic.  That person is me.  I am the only person who is qualified to discuss anything.  The end.  Prove me wrong.
 
2013-12-25 09:06:58 PM  
I'm supposed to like something based only on it's popularity? How is it supposed to get popular in the first place when it doesn't pass my scrutiny?
 
2013-12-25 09:23:19 PM  
I'm guessing here, but it may be due the the fact that the preponderance of the population of the western world are a load of sedentary snodgewalleys who are either parked in front of a TFT screen snorking down HoHos or beating their brains out doing sh*t they hate for some piss cheap, arrogant wanker in order to keep said TFT screen plugged into something and indoors.  Thus, they need to piss on everything from a great height in order to keep their delusions of superiority treading water.  This is purely anecdotal.
 
2013-12-25 09:33:33 PM  
Then again,  don't mind me.  I like Beethoven, Nickelback, Drowning Pool, ABBA, Metallica, Bob Marley, the Beatles and at least a dozen bands you've never heard of.  And the Muppets.  Vintage Muppets.  And I have never seen Dr. Who.  So obviously, I have no say in what is or isn't popular.  I'm sort of fine with that, really.

/And Hank Williams Sr.
//And peanut butter cookies with nothing in them but peanut butter cookies.
/// Mo bettah slashies.
 
2013-12-25 09:35:30 PM  
And cheesecake without all that gooey, food colored, artisanal muck all over it.  I like my cheesecake like I like my women.  Nude.
 
2013-12-25 09:51:04 PM  
I demand my right to be different just like everyone else.
 
2013-12-25 09:53:24 PM  
At the severe risk of disliking something that everyone else likes, that was one gigantic steaming pile of an article.  Ripping on classics or the popular thing of the day is predictable (sometimes good, sometimes bad), but who wrote this thing?
 
2013-12-25 10:07:22 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: I'm supposed to like something based only on it's popularity? How is it supposed to get popular in the first place when it doesn't pass my scrutiny?


Just accept it when you are told something is popular.
 
2013-12-25 10:09:05 PM  
I hate windchimes, flip-flops, hardwood floors and raw celery.
 
2013-12-25 10:22:33 PM  
Welcome to TotalFark Discussion.
 
2013-12-25 10:33:38 PM  
No it isn't.
 
2013-12-25 10:35:09 PM  

PanicMan: No it isn't.


upload.wikimedia.org

                                     "It can be."
 
2013-12-25 10:45:58 PM  
Criticizing popular things is becoming more obvious since social media took the world by storm and status updates stay more or less forever.
 
2013-12-25 10:48:18 PM  
Yay! I can shop at Walmart again!
 
2013-12-25 10:51:05 PM  
That, and most folks are pretty sure that talking sh*t about anything at all makes them sound very smart and above it all.  Pissy, smirky and several other dwarfs are the new intellectual posture.  The culture of "Whut uver" is alive and well amongst the delusional.
 
2013-12-25 10:52:07 PM  
I have no idea what's popular

/I don't like anything
 
2013-12-25 11:08:40 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I have no idea what's popular

/I don't like anything


It's OK.I hate everything and everything hates me.
/At least there is symmetry.
 
2013-12-25 11:29:04 PM  
I hate watermelon, Justin Bieber and the word "underpants".

What do I win?
 
2013-12-25 11:31:57 PM  

Beerguy: I hate watermelon, Justin Bieber and the word "underpants".

What do I win?


 A pair of sandals with the black socks sewn in.
 
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2013-12-25 11:53:11 PM  
Your green lit headline sucks!
 
2013-12-26 12:14:00 AM  

Beerguy: I hate watermelon, Justin Bieber and the word "underpants".

What do I win?


A pair of watermelon colored Justin Bieber underpants

/pre-bunched
 
2013-12-26 12:16:07 AM  

NFA: Your green lit headline sucks!


img.fark.net

                                    "No it doesn't."
 
2013-12-26 12:32:08 AM  
this thread is overrated
 
2013-12-26 12:38:55 AM  
I have to wait till Monday to have Rush Limbaugh tell me if this article is correct. Till then I cannot "decide".
 
2013-12-26 12:41:50 AM  

twistedmetal: Welcome to TotalFark Discussion.


I can't find anything other than this one single comment that warranted this being greened.

But what do I know? Just some filthy liter.
 
2013-12-26 12:43:07 AM  
This, but not the Foreskin/ Shame Cave thread? That's just dumb.
 
2013-12-26 12:43:19 AM  
I was popular before I liked criticizing.
 
2013-12-26 12:43:41 AM  
the only way to prove you're not a hipster is to purchase and enjoy the entire oeuvre of justin Bieber on itunes
 
2013-12-26 12:43:52 AM  
Awesomeness.
 
2013-12-26 12:44:36 AM  
I dare you to criticize ...

www.mensfitness.com
 
2013-12-26 12:47:55 AM  

TinyFist: twistedmetal: Welcome to TotalFark Discussion.

I can't find anything other than this one single comment that warranted this being greened.

But what do I know? Just some filthy liter.


A little Christmas levity?
 
2013-12-26 12:48:05 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: I dare you to criticize ...


Fake boobs
 
2013-12-26 12:48:10 AM  

charlesmartel11235: the only way to prove you're not a hipster is to purchase and enjoy the entire oeuvre of justin Bieber on itunes


Justin Bieber has ovaries on iTunes?
 
2013-12-26 12:48:53 AM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: thisisyourbrainonFark: I dare you to criticize ...

Fake boobs


Shut up, you.
 
2013-12-26 12:51:29 AM  
its cool to hate. Yeah!
It's cool to hate, yah.
Liking stuff is just a waste of time.
 
2013-12-26 12:52:57 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: I dare you to criticize ...

[www.mensfitness.com image 400x630]


If this topic was really worth worrying about, then porn is going to win the debate

personally I would contribute this bit of popular culture as a comment

i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-26 12:53:43 AM  
Now Zoidberg is the popular one.
 
2013-12-26 12:54:42 AM  
i hate mainstream stuff except and i do like things that the mainstream hates
GOT and iPhone are exceptions
 
2013-12-26 12:55:48 AM  

bostonowns: i hate mainstream stuff except and i do like things that the mainstream hates
GOT and iPhone are exceptions


I'm holding out for the arisanal iPhone hemp case and solar charger.
 
2013-12-26 12:56:03 AM  
It's easier to tear down than to build.

However,tearing down it isn't as satisfying, so you have to do it more often.

This is a common theme amongst your people.
 
2013-12-26 12:56:50 AM  

mjjt: thisisyourbrainonFark: I dare you to criticize ...

[www.mensfitness.com image 400x630]

If this topic was really worth worrying about, then porn is going to win the debate

personally I would contribute this bit of popular culture as a comment

[i42.tinypic.com image 709x709]


Better than the original cover art....

www.thewho.net
 
2013-12-26 12:56:58 AM  

minoridiot: So non-conformity is really a conformist thing to do?  Or is it conforming to a non-conformist idea of what is popular?


Well it depends on what context you go from. Such as Hipsters is pretty much the shining example of "non-conformity is really a conformist thing to do", for example - Glove and Boots - Evolution of the Hipster

Of course also you have Goths like me who conform to a non-conformist idea of what is popular, enjoying the idea of morbid and dark music, literature, and other forms of entertainment. We are basically similar to each other, but we usually look good doing it (plus we enjoy it)! :-P

Though there is a difference of why Goths are just made fun of and Hipsters are despised. Goths keep mainly to themselves and if a person shows interest in the subculture then an experienced Goth will most likely (if he/she isn't one of those rare, asshole 'Ubergoths') show that person the "ropes" and clear up any misconceptions.

Hipsters on the other hand will do things "alternatively" for image and authenticity, rather than for self satisfaction or to better themselves. Hipsters would go out of their way to tell you everything wrong you did in buying that cheeseburger at 5 Guys, and told you that you should of instead went to the place called "B" that uses only organic free ranged black Angus cattle with buns made with organic wheat from a "low impact cooperative farm" that he volunteers at a weekend in early May each year. (this being the only year he's done it so far!) It's not that getting the ingredients in such a manner is such a bad thing (probably a good thing actually) but instead in the way the Hipster shoves his opinion in your face makes you want to shove the Five Guys burger into his mouth and makes you not care how the animals suffered for your meal.
 
2013-12-26 12:57:33 AM  
One thing I'll never complain about is pooping in the dark. Not even the part where how have to smell the toilet paper so you know when to stop wiping.
 
2013-12-26 12:57:35 AM  

thisisyourbrainonFark: I dare you to criticize ...

[www.mensfitness.com image 400x630]


Probably wouldn't be much help unloading a truckload of cinderblock.
 
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