There are a lot of things these days that the world/internet assumes everyone cares about. These are popular things that a lot of people really do like – they are things that are universally (or at least publicly) acknowledged as good or worth reading about/clicking on. They are things with genuine merit and cultural relevance, and some of them may even be important to society. But that doesn’t mean that I care about them. Caring about something is wanting to hear about it at any given time, wanting to read endless articles about it, wanting to hear other people’s opinion of it. When you don’t feel those things, you know that you are simply past caring about a certain thing, and are just tired of hearing about it. It doesn’t mean it’s not good or important in some way, it just means that you don’t want to hear about it all the damn time.
Things I, Lizzi, do not care about:
- Harry Potter. Get over it.
- Beyonce. I get that she’s good. But you do realise she is just a person.
- Adele. As above.
- Alice in Wonderland. Get over this also.
- Kylie Jenner.
- Gilmore Girls.
- Disney princesses ‘reimagined’ in some way. WHY IS THIS STILL A THING.
- Ed Sheeran.
- Memes/inspirational quotes/other signs that you have no life.
- Hipster trends like decorating your beard. Just WTAF.
I realise some of this might sound a bit mean. But the fact is some of our online content is kind of bullshit. This post comes from a place of annoyance, but also a desire to see more cool new original stuff out there that is genuinely interesting. A lot of online magazines these days seem to think that Kylie Jenner’s new hairdo is enough to base an entire article on, and it just isn’t.
There’s also the question of everyone assuming that everyone else likes all the same things, and condemning you if you don’t agree. This is school-level bullshit that shouldn’t be a thing in adult culture and society. Just because I think that Beyonce should put some clothes on and actually give an interview doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate her talent or the things she represents or fights for. Just because I’ve never read Harry Potter and think that adults need to get over it doesn’t mean I think it’s a load of crap. I just don’t think it’s the best thing in the entire world. And I refuse to be condemned for thinking this. If we can’t have opinions then what is the point? I just don’t want us to live in some homogenised society/culture where everyone has to like the same stuff – which is often what I see when I look at social media and online magazines.
This even happens in the book blogging world, which just seems to go against the point of reading books and discussing them. Just because things are popular or successful doesn’t mean that everyone likes them, and that’s ok. Because it’s ok to like what you like, and not care at all about the things you don’t care about.
Here’s to new, cool, original, interesting stuff that we can all talk about, whether we like that stuff or not. The conversation is the best part.