We’re about to see some big changes in the way television and movies are produced and released. For years, the Internet has been the world’s largest playground, with those early adopters being the ones able to make it turn a serious profit. I know that sentence sounds like it came straight from 1995, but hear me out. The people with the money have been generally the ones able to make the Internet work for them, but things are changing now, and the V Mars Kickstarter (as well as the entire concept of Kickstarter) is a prime example of what change is to come.
We’ve basically been told for years that our input as viewers doesn’t matter, if you don’t have a Nielsen box. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone almost 25 years without meeting a single person designated as a national tastemaker simply by being given one of these boxes (and I’ve never met anyone who knew someone who had one, either).
But now our input does matter. Having been denied renewals and watched hopeful shows canceled within weeks of premiering, the general television fanbase has lost its patience for these shenanigans. We’ve seen incredible effort go into fighting for shows-that-could, like Chuck and Community, with moderate reward (and exhausted disdain, can’t forget that–if networks really loved shows as much as their heads say they do, I suspect we wouldn’t actually have this problem). Even people who aren’t direct fans of these shows have contributed to the efforts, just wanting to see success for those who are so passionate about the shows they love."
INFJs are known perfectionists. We are not inclined to settle, nor are we inclined to accept the status quo. If something fails to meet our standards, we quickly lose interest or become annoyed. Our Se allows us to quickly and accurately assess our surroundings (immediate or societal), and our Ni grants us an immediate understanding. Flaws in our external world are always readily apparent to us. For this reason, we are largely immune to trends. INFJs opt, instead, for more classic styles and artistic movements, or more cerebral ones. Our fashion tends to be simpler, as our Fe and Se make us feel less attached to our physical selves than any other type. An exception would be when we are trying to make a statement with our appearance, like in the case of INFJ shock-rocker Marilyn Manson (a more extreme example, but you get the idea). However, those same traits that draw us out of our physical selves make us want to invest in and enjoy the world around us. We are repelled by all the flash-in-the-pan entertainment we encounter on a daily basis, though.
The fact of the matter is that our heightened discernment leaves no place for the opinions of others. We know what we like, and popularity doesn’t factor into what we enjoy. INFJs walk past the Twilight displays at their local bookstore and head for either the classics or the most complicated modern fiction they can find. A lot of people are going to attend the Three Days Grace show at the local arena, but their INFJ friends are headed to a small club to catch any manner of diverse acts, from Zoe Keating to The Dillinger Escape Plan.
It’s not that we eschew things because of their popularity, but rather that the plot elements, characters, chord changes, textures, rhythms, etc., that are employed to draw in the widest audience are just glaringly transparent to us. We don’t want to be pandered to, we want to be challenged. We don’t want the familiar, we want the novel. We want to be moved, and our Fe brings us wider emotional ranges than what these shallow forms of entertainment can offer, so we dismiss them. We are not normally dismissive of other people that enjoy such things, though, because our Fe allows us to understand their point of view. We are not elitists. We enjoy things the same way other types do, just different things for different reasons."
|Other people:||I haven't been able to watch my tv shows lately, too many assignments|
|Me:||I haven't been able to do my assignments, too many tv shows|