I feel as if "it's in my opinion" or "everyone is entitled to their own opinion" has become a card used to escape disputes about this, that or the other. I don't think it's right nor do I believe everyone is entitled to hold an opinion if they can't back it up.
If I were to be of the opinion that, just because I disliked Violence Jack, that anime as a whole is immature , are you sure I'm entitled to say that? Un-bloody-likely. How about I say because of Boku no Pico, I think everyone involved in the industry are filthy paedophiles?
Absolutely no way I can get away of saying that; in fact, I might need to have something pretty damn substantial to back that up.
But you might argue they are silly examples (though, I have encountered many people who do believe anime is just porn). I have argued and seen arguments ending with "it's just my opinion" especially when objective points have been brought up. I think too many people are either afraid to get into conflict, scared that they're judged for that they liked, or just can't accept the fact the person they're arguing with is probably right, or probably all three. "It's just an opinion" will not negate the fact something might be just bad.
I can't help but feel as if people are too attactched to the books, films, shows, comics they love and perhaps there's some insecurity on top of that. I say this because people get so angry and upset when you say something negative about something they like. No, no one is judging you on your taste; yes nothing is perfect, but sometimes you need to let go and stand back and look at its faults. Perhaps this will help sharpen your ability to judge things and tell what's good from bad. Nobody is telling you to give up the thing you like or reject it. I'm not a critic, but I do accept, from time to time, that there are flaws with the things and people I hold dear.
"Everything is subjective" is just another thing that people like to throw across the table. But I think AmazingAthiest has already handled that ever so banal remark well.
"But it's innovated a whole genre!!!"
Just because something has innovated a genre or a medium does not invalidate the fact that very thing that innovated it has its share fair of flaws. Isaac Asimov's Foundation made great change to science fiction literature yet it does not prevent the fact it has dry prose and uninteresting characters.
I say this because whenever someone says anything negative towards something such as Dragonball Z, it seems to be one of the first points brought up. The show had serious pacing issues, terrible characterisation (coming to the point its void of any) and it terrible repetition. While it made a signigicant change, it had it's flaws; but it's flaws won't stop the show from being significant.
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