It seems like some people find hating a piece of work as a shortcut to some sort of critical relevance, as if shooting something down is equivalent to being intelligent and interesting.
It also seems like other people find defending a piece of work and dismissing any and all criticisms as some sort of social justice, protecting art from unfair attacks and insisting that those who don’t enjoy simply turn away.
There is a difference between subjective and objective criticism. In other words, it’s one thing to just say you hate something and another to try to explain and understand why you dislike something.
Critical analysis is like the scientific method – let’s open it up, poke around inside and try to figure this thing out. Whereas simple subjective criticism amounts to nothing more than “I didn’t like this, therefore it is terrible.”
If someone doesn’t love what you love, that doesn’t mean it’s an attack. Everyone has different tastes and we all like things for different reasons. If the foundation of your love of a work of art is so vulnerable that one hundred percent agreement is necessary for you to feel validated, you need to take a step back and reevaluate yourself. Why does it bother you so much that someone has a different opinion?
Your personal opinion, whether it’s backed up by critics or the legions of your fandom is nothing more than that: an opinion. There is no objective truth as to the quality of a work. Man of Steel is not objectively bad any more than The Dark Knight Rises is objectively good.
The religiosity of these opinions is harmful. It clouds the waters and removes all chances for actual debate as disagreements devolve into shouting matches. Let’s say you actually do beat someone into submission and they admit your opinion is correct, does that make watching your favorite show more enjoyable?
I hated season four of Community. Dan Harmon did as well. Does that mean my opinion is somehow more valid? No. It just means that we both agree. It has nothing to do with the actual quality of the actual work because there is no objective scale. The scale is made up of opinions and the consensus is reached by whoever screams the loudest.
How about we stop screaming and learn how to talk again? Don’t dismiss someone with a differing opinion as an idiot. Talk to them; find out why they feel differently than you. See where you agree and where you disagree. That way you might end up making a friend instead of an enemy.