"It's so bad that it's good"
"Ironically liking something"
These terms are all too familiar of you browse the internet regularly, many times being the driving force behind 'because internet' phenomena, especially so many memes.
All these things have one thing in common, that you the consumer of such media, are very aware of its sub par quality. But still prefer consuming it anyway, or sometimes consume it exactly for that reason.
I just wanted to here some thoughts on this phenomenon in general. So share away.
I don't have a clear understanding of this - I do partake in this behaviour, I like it. But I myself don't understand why I would like it.
Sometimes it feels relaxing or somehow cathartic, just like listening to music, I'm not looking for any meaning in what is being said, I listen it for the overall light hearted package with some vague tones of emotions which is somehow relaxing.
Or maybe media not only gives you entertainment for the cost you pay to consume it, but also demands mental efforts to
be able to derive the value. Movies like inception for example are entertaining only if you think. Or, in the other way,
you can derive entertainment even from college lectures if you are comfortable with the subject.
But this type of media is exhausting. And depending on how tired you are you may or may not want to consume 'better' forms of media, and would settle for almost equally entertaining 'low brow' entertainment.
This might also explain, considering how you need entertainment when you're tired, that many would like low brow entertainment, and maybe this is why 'pop culture' is often criticised as low quality but still makes money.
So what are your thoughts on this