Two traits of public discourse I’d like to stamp out in my lifetime:
1. Trying to get ahead of the cynicism curve. If possible, these guys would go back to Season 5 of Saturday Night Live and declare that it’s jumped the shark. They’d confuse a lot of people, since “jump the shark” had not yet entered everyday conversation in 1980, but that would only add to their feeling of superiority.
2. Dittoheads on blogs who just reinforce the blogger’s arrogant worldview.
That’s why I find the commenters’ mass revolt against the TVSquad guy who keeps dissing The Office so rewarding. It’s not just hostility — it’s a point-by-point dismantling of every point the guy even thought about making.
Between that and the first 15 minutes of Friday Night Lights, I feel better about the world at the moment.