We don’t know

Funny how often this works.

Todd Yellin is pretty sure his wife would have never watched Jessica Jones if he hadn’t tricked her. She’s not a fan of shows based on comic books, and even though he’s a Netflix exec, nepotism wouldn’t have been enough to make her tune in. Yet he knew she’d love it. So Yellin did what Netflix often does to woo users: He played to her interests by mentioning the strong female lead and rave reviews.

It worked. They were three episodes in before she noticed the Marvel logo that opens the show, but by that point she was hooked.

ABC did this with Lost, except to the entire nation. They somehow tricked millions of Americans who’d say they hate watching sf/fantasy into watching a very wacky (but great) sf/fantasy phantasmagoria for five whole years.

I try to trick myself this way. One of the reasons I will often watch or read something I “know” I won’t like is that I know that I don’t know my own preferences that well.

And I realize liberals (mostly) will hate this idea, but most people in general don’t know their own preferences all that well.

It’s why I listen to (some) Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus now. It’s something I “knew” I wouldn’t like.

I was wrong.

Most people have very delusional ideas about nearly everything, including themselves.