This post was influenced with my experience leading up to watching the new Star Wars movie. Finally watching it on Christmas, I was somehow able to avoid spoilers for a couple weeks. Despite all that, I’ve heard a lot of mixed opinions on the movie leading up to my watching of it. Wow, *rolls eyes sarcastically*, who knew something like Star Wars would have such a controversial opinion behind it in this day and age. I am going to admit here that I loved it to death, but that’s not the point of this particular post. After watching it, I finally watched a lot of the media that I was avoiding for weeks on end and most of them had some negative opinions about The Last Jedi. That was fine with me, but you can imagine what the comment sections were like, right? Hell fire. People shouting at each other, not with each other, about how their opinions were right. Pathetic.
Anyway, here are some reasons why different opinions are good:
Avoiding the Echo Chamber
I couldn’t recommend going through other people’s work and opinions enough. Not just to read and watch people who have a similar opinion to you, but to see people who have opposite opinions. Especially from those people who are exceptional at explaining why they feel the way they do. There is value of knowing multiple ranges of opinions. Having a lot of yes men (or women) following you around who always agree with what you say is blinding. It is just as important in a blogging and writing opinions situation. Knowing how the general public feels about something can be extremely helpful.
Strengthening Your Own Opinion:
This is what reading other people’s opinions does for me. Maybe this makes sense or maybe it doesn’t, but oh well. It all depends on the type of person you are watching or reading a review from. If that person is the exact opposite type of person then you, then maybe a negative opinion from them is a positive from your point of view. Or maybe, that person is someone that doesn’t see as much in a series or movie as you do. All opinions are completely valid.
There is a chance that your opinion might change from reading some one else’s strongly written review of a series or about characters in general. There is no shame in that either. Finding out how you feel about something is how you find this strength.
Finding more friends/blogs
Through discussing different opinions with strange people and their blog posts, you start getting to know them. Maybe not the whole persona of who are by name and were they live, but what their tastes and how they think starts to appear. A notion of respect appears, maybe. I mean, friends don’t have to be people that agree with each other the whole time. That would make the experience boring. As my mom says, variety is the spice of life.
Improving your posts
This is when constructive comments appear on your blog. Comments that tell you what you are doing wrong from their point of view and how you can improve. I know that I haven’t seen many of them around my blog or a lot of other blog comment sections that I’ve read through, but those comments have a lot of power behind them. I know that I’ve written a post about how one has affected me before. When these rare comments do appear, I can’t say that you should listen to them 100% of the time, but please give them some consideration. Maybe the advice a random commentator gives you can help you in some way.
I had a lot of helpful comments and constructive criticism a week ago. Do you all remember that post about deconstructions I made recently? The one from last Friday? I took it down. Thanks to some helpful comments and criticism from Weekend otaku and ThePantlessAnimeBlogger, I finally realized how that post didn’t focus on the topic I had for its title. The post itself actually was aimed toward something else. The dissonance between the two concepts would be bad. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there was no reason for that post to exist on my blog. All it would do is cause more confusion and conflict. I’m sorry I hit the ok button in the first place.
I am thinking about writing another focused post on it in the future, but maybe in a collab form instead. I don’t know, I’ll have to think about this for a little bit.
In the end, all of this comes down to the quality of the opposite opinions and comments that are sent your way. If what you read is about how everybody else is wrong but them, then you can easily keep your cool and avoid those. Easy enough, right? I still love the latest Star Wars movie, but I do not feel like I have to argue with people that don’t like it. I know that The Last Jedi has a lot of flaws, but I love it in spite of it all. I think all the themes and the character work behind it all more then made up for its flaws in my eyes. Just like the characters in that movie, I can improve by learning through my failures too.