To explain my case here, I am NOT trying to say that the days before the internet were the "good ol' days" when no one complained about stuff getting popular (backlash has always been a thing). However, what I'm seeing is that even today, stuff that got popular decades ago is praised as being "almost flawless" while movies that got just as popular 2 years ago are being constantly referred to as "overrated," criticized for things that earlier movies had (sometimes in greater abundance), and accused of sucking by people who openly admit to never even seeing the movie. And please bear in mind that I'm not talking about people who have legitimate problems with the movie and make their point clear with a polite "I really didn't like that movie, but it's cool if other people do." I'm talking about all the insecure nostalgia-whiners and hipster wannabes who jump on the "This-thing-is-popular-so-I'll-hate-it" bandwagon and leave comments like "Frozen SUCKED!" or "Adventure Time SUCKED!" without going into ANY detail as to why and clearly only saying such things because they think that hating something that is popular makes them a little special snowflake when they don't seem to realize just how popular hating popular things is. Basically, the people who make me feel bad for the people who actually have substantial criticism for certain things, because for some reason the blind haters are the ones who get the most upvotes in comment sections across the net.
And not only that, but it works the other way around as well. If you were to call Frozen overrated, the whole internet would agree with you. But if you called The Lion King overrated, you would be slammed and accused of being too stupid to understand what the movie was truly about. Don't you think that the people who like Frozen over TLK might have legitimate reasons for it as well? Don't you think that maybe your nostalgia is getting in the way of seeing other points of view? Honestly, I can say with utmost assurance that if The Lion King came out during the internet age, people would be saying: "OMG I hate TLK! It's sooo overrated and a colossal ripoff of Kimba the White Lion! Anime all the way! <3"
I never liked The Little Mermaid, it confused me way to much. Beauty and the Beast was great, Lion King is OK, no matter if "classic" or "modern", movies have flaws,
Titanic was claimed unsinkable and what happened?
I love The LEGO Movie, I enjoy Adventure Time (what is a TV series doing here?) and I enjoyed Tangled but don't think I'll need to watch it again.
Well, the thing about the internet is that it has both its “good” and “evil” sides.
There are plenty of animated movies, shows and other things that I never would have even known existed if it wasn’t for the internet. It allows people to discover all kinds of foreign, old or obscure things that don’t get the recognition or appreciation that they deserve.
On the other hand it can also cause “over-exposure”. When something becomes popular, it seems like everyone either loves or hates it to death. It’s like there’s no middle or neutral ground. If you simply like something, you get bashed on and grouped in with the “obsessively-weird-diehard” fans. And if you simply dislike something, you’re a “hater” with no life.
That’s one of the problems with the internet. There are too many “extremes”.
Also, I’ve come to find the term “overrated” as a “buzz” word. A word used to get other people’s attention rather than to actually explain or describe something. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s “overrated”. That’s like saying that everything that is unpopular is “underrated”. The popularity of something doesn’t determine its quality.
And yeah, "overrated" has been downgraded to a buzzword used by people who think they know what they're talking about. Some people seem to think that "overrated" is just a fancy word for bad, leading to bullshit statements like, "[Title] can NEVER be overrated!" Hell, there are people who shout "overrated" at stuff that hasn't even come out yet! But yeah, people think it's tied to popularity when it isn't. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people talk about how oh-so-terrible or underwhelming a certain popular movie/show is, and that this super obscure (usually anime) movie/show did the concept oh-so-much better, even though I feel they wouldn't like it so much if it wasn't obscure.
I really hate when people try arguing their opinion as a fact. Just because you don’t like something personally doesn’t mean it’s actually bad. There are plenty of things that I don’t like or aren’t interested in, but that doesn’t mean that they’re bad or that I condemn the people who do like or interested in them.
Even if Frozen is not a perfect movie all the way, I will not go around wasting half my life insulting or bullying other people for thinking differently about movies I love or don't love. Sometimes I'll only shout back at someone if they act rude or meanspirited to me or my friends for no real reason and then block them. I hope I didn't sound cruel on the first paragraph, but that is how some of those users on Youtube were behaving.
And honestly, people who think that everything was better back in the day are so goddamn shortsighted. Media hasn't gotten worse over time; we are only remembering what stuck around. There was just as much garbage in the 90's and backward as there is now, it just faded into oblivion. Seriously, people accuse their parents/grandparents of being nags when they complain about the youth and modern trends but then do the exact same thing, what with accusing six-year-olds of being stupid or "deprived" because they didn't see Shrek in theaters and don't know what a Gameboy is.
I watch a lot of Doug Walker's reviews, and it's astounding what his "fans" make him put up with. They attacked him on Facebook for giving Frozen a positive review, and when he reviewed TLK (he basically said he thought it was overrated but still a good movie), they bashed him for not saying that the movie was perfect and had no flaws. They even spewed shit like "The Lion King can NEVER be overrated!" and some people even used the old "You weren't a kid when it came out so you wouldn't understand" excuse, which always confused me because if anything, that argument only further proves his point.
Same with some video games.
Not to mention they only say that music is worse now because they violently skew their argument by comparing the "best" of the past to the "worst" of today and taking things out of context. Using their logic, I could say, "Music is so much better now than it used to be. Now we have music that really means something, like Macklemore advocating gay rights. Back then it was nothing but The Beatles singing 'goo-goo-g-joob.'"
I know right? I love how artist like Macklemore are advocating gay rights in thier songs. I don't hate "old" music and musicians like the Beatles, but I wish they did stuff like that back then.
I'm sure that there were deep, thought-provoking songs back then as well, but when people act like ALL retro music was that and there's NOTHING like that now, it makes me want to punch something.