Hello everybody. Today, I decided to show my friends 9gag and get them on board with the hatedom against it. I expected it to be quick and easy. At first my reasoning was “haha, 9gag sucks. All these pictures are so unfunny!” The first picture on the front page, as I expected, was indeed unfunny, and I hoped that would get them on my side.
However, trust me, I didn’t expect this, my friends enjoyed the pictures. They started reading and laughing at them. Now, nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. I would never hate someone just on account of their personal opinions or tastes. Since I realized that I could no longer get them to mindlessly hate 9gag as I hoped, I tried to use rationale to sway them. I explained to them about how 9gag originally claimed that they were the creators of certain memes, even though it was other sites that had created them. No luck. All they saw was funny pictures. I then tried to explain how they shamelessly often steal the OC of others without properly crediting it. Their response to that was “do you create content? No. Then that doesn’t matter to you.” They failed to realize that this is a matter of pure principle. I understood that it didn’t affect me directly; I argued on behalf of those who do have their OC stolen.
I really cannot accept this. Remember, I am not judging their tastes or opinions. I’m not trying to tell them that the way they think in incorrect. I am a strong proponent of everybody being entitled to their opinion. It’s just that I can’t accept their blind and naive fondness to 9gag without understanding the bad stuff that they’ve done.
Can anyone help me? Like maybe provide some better arguments against 9gag? Anybody have articles about the subject? The quick Google search I did didn’t bring back much useful information. Remember: I’m not arguing about their fondness of 9gag. I just want to open their eyes to the bad stuff that 9gag has done. This is my first forum post by the way.