Originally Posted by Manton
Is it automatically groupthink if you discover something you like through the Internet?
For years, I did not like knit ties. I associated them with junior high teachers and with the cheap ones my dad used to wear in the '70. Exposure to really nice knit ties on SF changed my mind.
Was I just succumbing to "groupthink"?
We have probably all tried food that we either feared we would hate, or simply had never thought of before. Then we go out to dinner with seven other people who love it, order a big plate, encourage us to try, and we find that we like it. Is that also "groupthink"?
"Groupthink" is such an all-purpose insult, especially on the FNB forum, that I am trying to see if it has any content beyond "We don't like those guys."
That and I am trying to see if the hard-core Cruserian satorial relativism that now definess AAAC has any following here.
If everyone here grew up and lived in a cave, we would wear loin cloths, not suits. OBVIOUSLY, we all take our style, our likes and dislikes, from what we see around us. I wouldn't know about certain brands or styles without the internet. But liking something to which someone is exposed as a result of the internet and liking it simply because
it is on the internet are two very different things. I didn't know what a beveled waist was 5 years ago. But I like it now because I have come to understand it and like its intrinsic qualities, NOT because it was posited as something that I should
like. If I buy a car because I have read great reviews, do I buy it simply because those reviews exist, or because their assessments were true? Obviously the latter.