Anime bloggers are generally nice and polite for some reason. In fact, I was like that at some point or another, and maybe I still am. But behind all that eloquence and the amiable facade might lie something that most of us don’t want to admit to.
For many anime blogs, the tones that their posts take usually attempt to be as “objective” as possible, judging anime by story, art and whatever nonsense to make ourselves seem “professional” or “classy”. That may all be well and good, until you realize that what every anime blog is trying to do, be it the mainstream anime blogs like Random Curiosity, “objective” blogs like Star Crossed, or highly opinionated blogs like AOIA, Baka-Raptor or The Cart Driver, is shove our opinions down the reader’s throats.
I have said many times before, and I’ll say it again: no review is objective. The fact that we review an anime means that we throw our opinions at the audience in an attempt to create discussion or simply make ourselves heard, is subjectivity defined. Nothing’s wrong with this line of thinking, but as our blogs become more popular, we gain credibility.
With credibility, comes power and influence. Just look at the more influential blogs out there. The more famous they are, the more inclined the reader will be to agree with the views of the writer – the exact reason why critics of all kinds are generally well-respected. It’s a very sad example of the manifestations of mob mentality.
Now this is the problem. When a critic, in our case, an anime reviewer, posts a review, he/she is automatically putting his/her opinions on the spotlight, effectively shunning others’ opinions not agreeing with the writer’s. When I say shun, I mean make it hard for another to post an opinion contrary to the article at hand. This creates that “your opinions suck” feel that most reviews seem to emanate. Add to that the power and influence that comes with popularity, and you have a recipe for simple mind control. Now, that doesn’t mean that people cannot disagree with a popular blogger, it just makes it harder, or perhaps less tolerated by the community.
I admit, I do tend to shove my opinions down readers’ throats more than others, as my most recent posts show. I don’t feel bad about it, considering that AOIA’s readerbase seems to not be afraid of disagreeing with the authors. But for very popular blogs, they have the tendency to affect people one way or another, and that’s not necessarily a good sign.