There are some trends recently in entertainment that, when discussed, seem to ALWAYS be disliked by EVERYONE. I’m not talking here, oh elitist dopers, about things like “Britney”. I mean, sure, you rarely here people on the SDMB praising her music, but she obviously sells lots of records, so someone clearly buys them. Rather, these are things which people keep doing, and yet it’s not at all clear why, because everyone hates them, and it’s not even clear they’re commercially very successful. Here are three examples:
(1) Olympics coverage full of little puff pieces about the (almsot always American) athletes who the powers that be have decided we are interested in. Frequently complained about. Never praised. And, as far as I can tell, it’s not like the olympics get monster ratings
(2) Super-quick camera cuts during actions scenes, particularly during fight scenes, so you can’t ever really see precisely what’s happening. (Not to be confused with generally shaky non-steadicam camerawork, which is sometimes very effective. See the first Bourne movie for an example of shaky camerawork but comprehensible fight scenes, and the second Bourne movie for an example of shaky camerawork but non-comprehensible fight scenes.) Again, frequently criticized by the public and reviewers alike. Some movies suffering from this problem have done well commercially… but is that because of or in spite of?
(3) Schmaltzy sentimental Robin Williams. Kinda worked in Good Will Hunting, but who will admit to having enjoyed Patch Adams, Bicentennial Man or Jakob the Liar? And now he appears to be back in the upcoming August Rush.