Each Wednesday, we bring you an Afternoon Inquisition supplied by the most recent winner of our Comment o’ the Week! COTW is handed out each Friday to a comment that has been nominated by a fellow commenter. To nominate your favorite comment, just quote it and write “COTW!”
Last week’s winner was Expatria, who has shrewdly turned this opportunity into a giant plug for himself. Clever! Here’s his question:
Recently, I decided to join the now near-ubiquitous social website Twitter (follow me, I’m awesome! http://twitter.com/jjuliano). I had been EXTREMELY resistant to doing so, at first, for a wide variety of good and not-so-good reasons, but eventually I could not resist and signed up. I’m pretty pleased with the decision, now, and I think Twitter has allowed me a small, 140-character entryway back to the sorely-neglected creative side of my mind.
I had a similar experience several years ago regarding the Harry Potter phenomenon, which I spent many years avoiding like the plague. I finally broke down when the trailers for the third movie actually looked, well, pretty good. I ended up reading all of the books, watching all of the movies, and even queueing up in London for the midnight release of the last book. I’m glad I opened my mind to the possibility I’d been missing something, although I recognize that it’s not always good to let one’s willpower be broken. These two cases are good, but surely many such indulgences lead to regret.
So my question to you all is:
What trends, fads, crazes, or other social phenomena have YOU resisted? And, more interestingly, which ones eventually broke down your resistances, for better or for worse?