concepts for a buntiful world
Wednesday, June 13
I'd value your opinion on something...
I want a question answered.

When did it become a bad thing to have an opinion?

I was asked today, mockingly, "Is there anything you don't have an opinion on?

I had, perhaps been rather free with my low opinion of Russell T Davies' writing talent, in front of someone who was a rather ardent (new) Doctor Who fan, and I must admit, because if I don't it will be pointed out anyway I am sure, that I am free with my opinions, and I enjoy arguing over matters of opinion.

But surely anyone who thinks has opinions about anything they have ever thought about.

Some definitions of opinion are as follows:


  1. [n] the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
  2. [n] a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying"
  3. [n] a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty; "my opinion differs from yours"; "what are your thoughts on Haiti?"
  4. [n] a belief or sentiment shared by most people; the voice of the people; "he asked for a poll of public opinion"
  5. [n] the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision; "opinions are usually written by a single judge"
  6. [n] a message expressing a belief about something; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"

I don't quite know why every word there is a link, but hey. Numbers 1 and 5 are legal definitions, number 4 only applies in the phrase "public opinion," but you get the general gist. A couple of other dictionaries use number 3, down to the question about Haiti, and I reckon that is the closest to how I tend to use the word.

I have an opinion about everything I have ever thought about, and I formulate new opinions as I think about new things. I have thought about most of the stuff I know, and I know a lot of things, ergo, I have opinions about almost everything I know about, which makes for a lot of opinions.

Many of them are unqualified rubbish, and a good few (including my opinions of the new Dr Who series) have formed themselves into rants or raves.

But surely anyone who thinks has opinions, and only people who don't think can not have opinions?

Does that not make sense?

Admittedly, I should probably shut the fuck up more and not waft my opinions about so flagrantly, but I enjoy slating Russell T Davies, he's a twat, and I preferred it when he wrote horoscopes for the Sun ;) He can't write sci fi to save his life, and he should be put to death in an inventive and painful manner for making the British Public equate Dr Who with science fiction.

And I was asked for my opinion about Dr Who.

So No, there isn't anything I know about that I don't have an opinion about. There are things I don't care about enough to bother holding a well thought out opinion about, and there are things that I hold deliberately aggressive opinions about, because I like arguing their areas.

I felt put out, and put down, but I don't think I should have done.

Fuck em.

I think, therefore I have opinions, I think.

Do you agree? Let me have your opinions. Except for you Sianodel, you'll just say something nasty, and then I'll cry.

In other news. I am cycling to work which is lovely, I love my bike. The house is looking better. The weather is too hot, and there was something else which I have forgotten.
- posted by Buntifer @ 6/13/2007 05:21:00 pm

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