Even with a one or two beers I might not be at my best, but a random conversation that was just sparked on the bus really irked me just now. Randomly a guy turns to me while I'm chatting on my own with people I just did a film shoot with, and says something like 'You look intelligent, you watch the most intelligent show on TV Arrested Development?' I confess that I don't...another random passenger chimes in with 'The Office is better'. They start debating over my group and we kind of laugh it off...not having anything to say. He then turns back to me "So what, you don't like TV? You're scared of TV?" I'm of course a university student and so my TV viewing is limited, and I say back 'I watch TV on DVD and just finished Buffy and Angel.' (paraphrasing) He comes back with something like "You seriously watch that stuff?" I drunkenly say "I'm a film major, and it interests me." I don't have any real good answer as to why I think it's good because I'm a little tipsy, and I really didn't feel he would even listen after his intial reaction. He seemed convinced at that point that any merit I could claim as a film major was laughable because I invoked this. Somehow he interpreted the film major thing as a dis to him and continued to argue with me over it. I didn't want to since it was going nowhere interesting. Yet he went on both questioning me for why I 'dissed' him as well as claiming that it was I who was avoiding an intelligent debate, while at the same time admittedly laughing at the notion that I could be a film major despite not having watched much Japanese cinema. ('Ichii The Killer', his example of brilliant cinema that I am stupid for not having watched while calling myself a film major. I've only glanced at it in parts from a projection booth.) In the end it feels he was more concerned with proving himself smarter then me then having a debate, but this kind of thinking is perverse everywhere on the internet. It annoyed me to no end on unmoderated message boards before I found more professional ones like this and others. Does anyone else get upset with these 'I'm smarter because I don't like Buffy or X movie like you do.' arguments? Or am I just whining?