Remember when I was posting some journals about artist taboos and I had a couple more to talk about? Here's one of them, though it doesn't just relate to artists it's just kinda an all around taboo I wish would end.
Perceived Rivalry Hatred
Basically it works like this: You say you dislike something and immediately get attacked by people who either defend the thing you said you disliked, or accuse you of being a supporter of it's supposed rival (whether this has any basis in reality or not). It also works on things you like, things you're indifferent to, or anything really. EVERYTHING has a supposed default rival. Movies, TV, Video Games, Ideologies, Words, Phrases, etc. Everything.
Say you're an atheist? Automatically means you hate all Christians.
Say you like the X-Box 360? Automatically means you hate Sony.
Say you like the PS3? Automatically means you hate Microsoft.
You liked a Marvel movie? Guys you hate the DC stuff.
You like Chocolate Ice Creme? Fuck you and your vanilla bias!
Love Simpsons? Must mean you hate Family Guy!
Like Family Guy? Must mean you hate South Park!
You liked the Jack Nicholson's Joker? How dare you disrespect Heath Ledger!
You like western animation? What've you got against ANIME you otaku hater?
Have an issue with the way women are portrayed in media? YOU MUST BE A FEMINAZI! BURN THEM!
Like Hunger Games? Hey! We have this series called Harry Potter, maybe you should read it you noob.
Of course, none of this stuff is actually written down anywhere. It's just sort of a general assumption that a vast majority of people make, and it can fluctuate between individuals quite a bit, to the point where some people will come in and not have any idea that there is even a problem and get attacked for not knowing something so "obvious!"
And when it comes to art it can get pretty ugly. Giving any sort of critical analysis on a work automatically translate into you being a hater or someone who hates the artwork itself, which is kinda silly too. There are plenty of movies and books that I absolutely ADORE that have stuff in them I don't like. Being critical of that doesn't mean I HATE it. In fact, more often than not, when someone is critical of something that usually means they LOVE it.
I'm so sick to death of this perceived binary argumentative mindset. It gets in the way of civilized discussion by automatically assuming that the opposing side is inherently "wrong" or "invalid." It makes people attack and be defensive, rather than respond intellectually. It's just ugly and misguided nonsense I really wish would stop.
Everything is just so... ANGRY all the time. I know text on the internet can be hard to decipher inflection and tone and what not, but I'd like to think that it's possible that people can overcome this and not just leap to the default setting of "OMG SOMEONE IS ATTACKING THIS THING I LIKE" and rushing to it's defense instead of having a polite conversation where ideas and values are expressed and discussed. Call me naive or optimistic, but I think we as a human race are better than that.