Wednesday’s comment diversion was fun, a little uncomfortable, and possibly revealing. First and foremost, it’s good to know that we don’t all agree with one another all the time. That’d be a little sad and pathetic. In fact, even among the writers here, we don’t always agree. Did you know that Agent Bedhead likes Eli Roth? Ted likes The English Patient. He also likes Iron Man more than TDK. Because he’s a communist. I kind of got bored with Seth Rogen 20 minutes into Pineapple Express (and as much as I dug Zack and Miri, Rogen made me a little uncomfortable), but Dan fairly consistently loves Apatow and Apatow-related movies (while others of us couldn’t stand I Love You, Man). Seth often too aggressively objectifies women; I’m often too aggressively feminist. Seth, Prisco,and I love Kevin Smith. John Williams hates him. Steven likes Star Trek, while I don’t like much sci-fi. TK likes loud, heavy music; Seth still likes Motley Crue; Steven and I like pansy white-boy bands. Stacey likes celebrity culture. Many of us do not. Phillip likes the LoTR trilogy, but thinks that Joss Whedon is severely overrated.
You get the point. The lot of us could’ve fill an entire comment section ourselves on what we, individually, don’t care for amongst the so-called Pajiba icons. But while we don’t always agree on everything, I like to think that our penumbras of likes and dislikes intersect enough that, collectively, we form a fairly cohesive unit. That, and we hate stupid people, which is the glue that really holds us together.
Anyway, to satisfy my own curiosity, I wanted to dig a little deeper into the comments in that diversion. Some of you expressed disdain for both Whedon and “Lost,” for instance, but we long ago realized that commenters are not necessarily an accurate representation of the readership’s pop-cultural tastes as a whole.
What I’m getting at is this: I wonder what percentage of our readers don’t like “Lost” or Whedon? Was it a few outliers who felt passionate enough about their dislike to leave a comment, or were they more representative of the entire readership?
So, below, I’ve posted (in poll format) a series of questions to get a better understanding of our readers. I doubt that the results will change much about our approach here, but I am curious, for instance, just how many people I’m alienating every time I call Katherine Heigl Rainbow Killer or post a shirtless photo of Ryan Reynolds.
Maybe y’all are curious, too. And the hope is, since you can answer all the below questions anonymously, and in under two minutes, that a lot more people will respond than just many of the regular commenters (who will, undoubtedly, analyze the results in the comment section).
So, please. Take a couple of minutes and let us know how you feel about these particular shows, movies, books, or directors. Do the best you can with the available answers. It’s a poll — there’s not a lot of nuance to work with.