Lauren. 19, Colorado, Homestuck, LGBTQWTFBBQ.
I am a citizen of the Internet. I do things sometimes. Some of those things will go here. Yeah.
The problem with trying to apply “objective standards” (which of course change over time because they’re more like “agreed-upon subjective standards”, so um aren’t really all that “objective” but whatever) is that it becomes really easy to justify one’s own taste. That is to say, there’s a fine line between “I like this because it’s good” and “Because I like this, it’s good.”
That’s true, but isn’t that also the nature of taste entirely? I feel like to like something is necessarily to believe that it is somehow inherently superior.
I don’t know, maybe that’s a weird, subtle point, but it’s like if you believe something, you don’t say “I believe X” (unless you’re trying to be polite and not offend people and/or not make too strong a statement for social reasons) you say “X is true” because if you believe X then that means that you would endorse the statement “X is true.”
So, like, having preferences at all is kind of necessarily trying to apply objective standards, which of course are “agreed-upon subjective standards” (even if they’re only agreed-upon by you). You can’t not do it, unless you just feel all things are equal, which is kind of the most boring possible position.
I also don’t like “entitled” as an insult. This is not really related, but it seems to be used by similar types of people. How is “entitled” an insult? Is feeling like you deserve things supposed to be bad? I mean, arguably, more “entitlement” is exactly what we need in the world: people need to demand better of each other, of their communities and societies.
"Pretentious" really just does not even seem to be a word that means anything anymore (did it ever? I don’t know these things). Certainly people don’t use it in the definitional sense of "affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." Even given that definition, I don’t know how something inanimate like a book or a movie could even be pretentious, but in any case the things people call “pretentious” don’t really seem to have anything at all consistently in common except I guess that they’re usually good (but not always). Calling something pretentious just seems to be a noise people make to express their dislike.
*tips actin* m’yosin
*tips muscle tissue* m’oglobin
*tips mushrooms* m’celium
*tips fifth dimensional bowler* m’xyzptlk
If there was a ghost in my house i’d probably never notice it like i’d close a door and when i come back its strangely opened again and i’d just like “fuck i thought i closed it im so fucking stupid”