Originally Posted by Violinist
I think if you say something that's very popular and don't justify it, not only is the conversation not interesting, but it's basically just a bunch of people agreeing on something which is never really fleshed out, because no one wants to be the odd one out. I didn't call anyone here stupid, I said that as far as I can see, this discussion is similar to literally every other one about James Bond in which everyone extolls Connery, but the reason for that is very mysterious.
So again, I think you missed my point. I am not using the word sheep to insult, rather as a way to qualify my statement, the premise of which is that there's this big enigma surrounding Connery but everyone seems to give into it.
I never said the conversation was all that interesting, but I didn't really understand the question to call for in-depth essays - it struck me more as poll-type thing. Nor is it surprising to me that the responses are similar to those in other fora - it just suggests that whatever degree of consensus exists is not endemic to SF. I strongly prefer vanilla ice cream to other flavors. So do lots of other people. That doesn't make my preference any less sincere, or any less "legitimate". If somebody prefers shit-flavored ice cream that's their perogative, but it doesn't mean that I subscribe to a "sheep mentality" of which they are admirably free.
Look, I'm not interested in starting a big fight here, but if you don't think it's insulting to describe other people as subscribing to a "sheep mentality", you must move in different social circles than I do.