I noticed something interesting happening last night that I have been seeing for some time, but the frequency of it happening on my timeline finally convinced me to let my thoughts out about it.
The new Star Wars movie released, and seemingly, most people I follow had tickets to see it. There is a wild pop-cultural energy around Star Wars that sweeps everyone up into it, I think, like “even if you’re not super into it… it’s the new STAR WARS, come on”.
The interesting thing I noticed was that many of the people coming back from The Last Jedi were serving up their immediate take on its quality. Some simply expressed a feeling after seeing it, some ranked its spot in the trilogy right away, and I even saw some people scoring it DOWN TO DECIMAL POINTS. All of this just hours after seeing it. (and for the record, I think describing what you feel after watching something is appropriate.)
I feel that the importance to be out there sharing your thoughts on the Internet at the same time as everyone else may have won out on the importance of letting things sit with you before making a judgment. The energy of the Internet after a piece of media has dropped can also affect peoples’ takes; if I see a lot of people hating on a thing, I’m more likely to focus on the positive aspects and vice-versa. That happens no matter what my actual take was going to be.
This makes it IMPOSSIBLE for people looking in from the outside who were not interested before to know if they should give something a chance or not. I’ve seen this with popular TV shows as they progress, I’ve seen it with hour-long rap albums that everyone has to hear a minute after they drop or you might as well be living in a cave, I’ve seen it with the first day of a game being out… The takes of the masses will probably never replace traditional reviews, at this rate. I don’t know if Game of Thrones is trash or a must-watch after each night a new episode premieres (please don’t @ me about this part, I really don’t care about the current quality of Game of Thrones)
So Waypointers, I urge you to think before doing this, to think about ways you could let your thoughts simmer and digest media in a more reasonable way. Also, share with me a time when you might have done this, if your opinion on the thing changed afterwards and if you updated your take.
Please refrain from too much airing of beefs about popular things that you aren’t a fan of. I can go anywhere on the Internet to hear that, but I come here for Only Real Conversation.