Google has a new logo and the New Yorker thinks I hate it. “Why you hate Google’s new logo,” the headline explains. But I don’t hate it. (I’m not sure whether I like it yet, but that isn’t the same thing.) And when did headlines start getting so bossy and presumptive, anyway?
Here is a sampling of things I do not hate, despite headlines to the contrary:
2. Poor people
3. Lebron James (okay, that one's The Onion, but still)
4. Car shopping
11. Denim cutoffs
15. Selfie sticks
17. The Internet
21. My job (To be fair, Vermont Public Radio tries to have it both ways here. The headline is: “Why We Hate/Love Our Jobs.”)
23. Rich geeks
25. Talking on the phone (okay, getting warmer)
26. The word “moist” (I mean, hate is such a strong word!)
Okay. I should probably confess I wrote a headline like this once. “Why Do We Love Manhattanhenge?” My editor made me change it. And I guess I do hate cliche, so The New York Times has me there. (Can’t really deny this one either.) And how about my colleague Jim Fallows’s “Why We Hate the Media”? It's a classic from The Atlantic archives—though when it first ran, in 1996, the headline didn't have a “we.” (It was: “Why Americans Hate the Media.”)
But I definitely do not hate the media. Not even when it tells me why I hate things that don’t bother me.