Confession time: I am a hypocritical hater of media. I convince myself that some TV show or movie or album looks dumb or can’t possibly be as great as everyone says it is and so it isn’t worth my time. There’s a little hipster in me that thinks that if something is really popular, it must be mediocre. Then, eventually, perhaps years after it has reached its peak popularity, I finally check it out and realize that not only is it not so bad, but I actually really, really like it. That, in fact, many things are so popular precisely because they’re so great. And thus, I become a hypocrital “hater” because I don’t hate it anymore.
Here’s a few examples of some things I have, at one time, “hated,” whether because I thought they looked stupid or that they couldn’t live up to the hype, that I now thoroughly enjoy:
- The Bachelorette
- New Girl
Granted, some of these things (ahem, The Bachelorette) really are pretty stupid. But darn it if they aren’t hilariously fun to watch, too.
I could choose to learn a variety of lessons from this. That my first impressions are not great. That I’m a snob. That, in some cases, my taste is, in fact, getting worse over time. That it’s healthy that I’m embracing my populism.
I don’t know. All I do know is that, apparently, some haters aren’t always gonna hate. People can change. I’m living proof of it! And that seems like a good thing.