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Cronin Theory of Comics – If “Groupthink” is Your Argument, You Don’t Have Much of an Argument

by  in Comic News Comment

One of the things that I’ve tried my best to instill in this blog (and I’m quite pleased that I have VERY rarely seen it used by any of the contributors on the blog) is the idea that we will not infer motivation behind someone enjoying or not enjoying a comic book.

If I think someone is wrong about a comic, I’ll say they’re wrong. If they say I’M wrong about a comic, I’ll explain why I think I’m right.

What I won’t do is say “you’re just saying that because ____.”

I’m not going to infer what motivates people’s opinions regarding comics.

And I would appreciate the same courtesy from our readers.

If you find yourself falling back on “groupthink” as an argument, you really don’t have much of an argument. Just explain why you think someone is wrong to like/dislike the comic in question. “Groupthink” is one of the laziest and flimsiest arguments out there, and it is specifically ANTI-discussion, as what is the point of discussing something if you’re asserting that the other party is lying about their opinions?

Everyone mostly likes Watchmen, right? Everyone mostly likes Batman Year One and Born Again, right?

Is that “groupthink”?

You won’t see it argued, because most people AGREE with liking those comics.

“Groupthink” only comes up when a group of people don’t agree with YOUR stance on a particular comic (whether you like it or dislike it). THEN suddenly a large group of people liking/disliking a comic is “groupthinking.”

And that’s bogus.

Don’t drag discussions down into pejorative inferences.