Andrew W.K. on negativity

I really loved this advice column by Andrew W.K. (yes, that Andrew W.K.) about dealing with negativity, especially on the internet:

When people hate something, it doesn't necessarily bring it down -- it often times makes it grow stronger by giving it more attention, more energy, and more power. The time we spend thinking about something, criticizing something, and talking about something -- especially with passionate emotions involved -- the more energy and power we feed that thing, and whether we like it or not, that sustains it. How many times have we found ourselves engaging in the same arguments about the same two-sided issues? How many times have we found ourselves obsessing over how much we hate a certain celebrity, cultural issue, or political situation? We're giving our sacred and precious energy to that thing we hate, and many of those things are counting on your hatred to further their own dreams and desires. Who are you giving your power to? Most of the time, it's better to fight for what you love, and not waste energy fighting against what you hate.

Speaking of negativity and Andrew W.K., this reminds me that a while back Pitchfork re-reviewed I Get Wet as a sort of corrective to their original, caustic review from 2002. Time heals all wounds, I suppose.

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