I was reading Peter Kim‘s reflections on his experience with someone complaining about his thoughts on Superbowl ads from 2006. The commenter made quite a negative statement in response to Kim’s opinions, and the takeaway from this from Peter was that he tried from that point on to stick to mostly facts. If I read his post right, I disagree.
Opinions matter a great deal. In the constant whitewater of information rushing over us at present, we are in a situation where triage is the norm, where we have to lean on trusted opinions for some of our non-essential information. Sometimes, just sometimes, it’s okay to rely on the opinion of someone else.
I can hear the cry of outrage. “Brogan says let others think for you,” is the headline I’d run, from my righteous philosophy blog. But that’s not exactly what I’m saying. I’m saying that there are times when I need to make up my own mind, but there are plenty of times where I’m willing to accept the work and thinking of others.
In things like SuperBowl ads, I’m sure Peter’s just as qualified as any of the rest of us to give opinions. I don’t have to agree, but I’m also thinking that assailing such opinions, and worse, deciding not to give my opinion because some knob knocked me on the knuckles for it, isn’t the next course of action.
If you’ve yet to catch on, 90+ percent of what I give you here is my opinion.
Has that hurt you?