In what may be a first time event, my article at Bleedingfool.com expanding on my split with Star Wars hasn't gotten a single negative reaction or comment.
That's a remarkable occurrence. Normally with that many reactions someone's bound to be a hater, but that's not the case here.
Clearly my experience in not unique.
I find that a lot of our problems as a society come from people who turn every disappointment into incandescent rage. The movie wasn't good AND IT'S YOUR FAULT!!!
I suppose hate-clicks count the same as any other, so why seek understanding when you can spout off for fun and profit?
That brings me to my other observation, which is that about half of the reactions were "sad," an emoji I've never seen anyone choose for my articles before.
Of course what happened is deeply sad, both from the perspective of ruining art to the self-destruction of the creative talent behind it.
One one of the things that gets me fired up is waste - wasted opportunity, wasted resources, wasted talent. It's particularly galling when you see something that mostly good and could have been great but for that one stupid thing and the thing wasn't an oversight or accident, but a very deliberate and determined choice.
As I get older, I'm less like to rage against waste and more likely to mourn it.