The phrase “everyone’s entitled to their opinion” annoys me. What can I do?

By: | Post date: December 16, 2016 | Comments: No Comments
Posted in categories: Personal

There are people on this thread who are calling you a snob, too.

Screw ’em.

You have an aesthetic. You have a grounding for that aesthetic, that you can (I hope) articulate and defend. Hopefully, it’s an aesthetic that’s also aware of its own contingency and situatedness, and has no pretensions of immutable truth.

People like films for their own reasons, and that’s fine. Someone’s got to buy tickets for Transformers and Finding Dory and the ten gajillion different comic book films out there, after all. People are entitled to their own preferences, and their own aesthetics, even.

And you’re still entitled to say you know stuff about how film works, that they don’t. That you can see things going on that they don’t, and that you catch innovations and derivativeness that they can’t. You can still judge art without succumbing to some levelling miasma of “everything is valid, screw your training”.

Seriously. As I’ve posted elsewhere: I had no idea what the local metal music radio show was talking about, when they were saying that group A was brutal and amazing, and group B was derivative and ridiculous. They both sounded like noise to me. But the fact that they could make that discernment reassured me. It confirmed to me that they had an aesthetics, and that its subject matter was art.

“You can’t judge other people’s works of art, man” is not an aesthetics.

And if you’re annoyed by “Everyone’s entitled to their opinion”?

Say what the great wrestler Jerry Lawler once said.

Well, you’re entitled to your opinion.


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