Conversations that simply don’t need to happen anymore

By Hayley Devitt

You know how there are some conversations you’re tired of having? Do you ever get sick of the same worn-out topics? Like how a lot of us have pet peeves, there are some conversations I wish would die out.

No. 1 is “The ’90s were the best for cartoons.” It’s not that I don’t agree; I just think this is common knowledge and doesn’t need to be talked about in every social setting. The worst part is when shows from the early 2000s get thrown into the discussion. I understand nostalgia, but consider this: You might not even like some of the cartoons you remember loving as a kid if you watched them now.

When watching movies in a group, it’s aggravating when friends feel the need to verbally contemplate all firearms shown in a film. This is usually done by overzealous males who maybe know a lot on the subject. There have been heated arguments over the merits and disadvantages of whatever gun is being used, while the movie is in progress. This in turn annoys everyone else who’s trying to watch, because the gun talk is so unbridled that it’s detracting from what’s actually happening in the story. Moreover, a lot of us just don’t care.

Over and over I hear about how bad Nickelback is. Yes, Chad Kroeger’s voice literally makes me cringe, but come on. Making Nickelback the butt of every music joke has become excessive and a bandwagon sort of thing (pardon my pun). I’ve heard someone say he likes their songs but still picks on the group to “go along with it.” Right or wrong, Nickelback gets a lot of radio play, and was nominated for six Grammys. Obviously, some people out there like the band. Give it a rest already.

When looking at nonrepresentational art, or images that aren’t of objects from real life, typically someone declares, “I could do that!” Well, maybe they could, but without objects in a painting there are still design elements an artist uses to create the desired effect.

Doctor Who: Don’t even bring it up around me.

During 2012’s first presidential debate, candidate Mitt Romney conceded that if elected, he would cut the government subsidy to PBS. The Internet was all aquiver and many a young person was outraged that “Romney wants to get rid of Sesame Street.” Before getting upset, check this out: the station only receives 15 percent of its funding from the government, and the rest comes from a variety of sources like organizations and viewer donations. Though its member stations depend heavily on this subsidy, Romney technically couldn’t cut PBS altogether.

It can be frustrating to hear extreme reactions that aren’t based on actual understanding of the matter at hand. Furthermore, hearing the same complaints over and over is even worse.