It was not a movie I had expressed wanting to see, nor really known about until it came up briefly in conversation the day before, where I had ambivalently shrugged it off. And then it turned up on my desk the next morning with a Post-it note endorsement of, “Enjoy!” Now this puts an enormous amount of pressure on me to set aside 112 minutes of my day to watch this thing, which still looks like a title with no appeal to me whatsoever. I am not the target demographic for this movie. But that’s beside the point.
If you are this person—the kind that shows up at work with a DVD/video game/book/CD in hand and surreptitiously sneak it on to your coworker’s desk passively-aggressively demanding that they watch it—stop it. Just stop it.
If you are the type the lends something and then pester the individual if they’ve seen/played/read/listened to it yet, you should be shot.
You must understand that your precious piece of media is not going to be the life-changing experience for everyone that it was for you. That’s why there’s so damn much of it. Everyone has different tastes, and unless you know that person and can intimately perceive their tastes, are willing to lend it under the pretense of never getting it back, and don’t really care if they watch it or not, then don’t do it.
I still foist crap on my family and my closest friends because they can’t disown me. Partially I do it because I know it’s annoying. I have them trapped…and occasionally it comes back to haunt me. (Somehow I ended up with way more Phish on my iTunes at one point than I ever asked for because my brother was going through a phase. I have since had my revenge.)
If I express undeniable interest in something that you own, then certainly you may OFFER to lend it to me. I will probably still refuse because it takes me a long time to get through media, and I have no idea when I’ll get to it. Also, I have a library membership; I can borrow things from them without any pressure of having to do anything with it. And a Netflix subscription. And an Amazon Prime subscription. And 10 different ways to access the Internet all without leaving my house. If I really want to see something, trust me, it’s not a problem.
Point is, in the age of free or nearly free access to all media, this has become an ancient practice that is akin with the mix-tape of yesteryear. Unless you’re willing to feed me or otherwise bribe me to experience this treasure of yours, trust me—even if I’m interested, I’m not interested. Because if there’s one way to get me to not like something, it’s to say I have to.