Didn't want to make it long but, I really wanted to write this, I don't know if you'll get the point of what I wanted to write with this, but I'll try.
I've always thought that being a "real" car guy meant loving cars in general and respecting other people tastes (surely appreciating some brands in particular and disliking others, but not throwing crap at a brand for no reason).
Right now, everything I see is "shame a brand for no particular reason and copy and repeat what I read on the internet because I'm too lazy to do my own researches so I sh*tpost random crap everywhere I can".
Everyone goes on with old stereotypes or wrong informations that have been written so many times that are considered as facts.
I used to like browsing on some pages/websites like Car Throttle but then it became what every Facebook or YouTube comment section is, full of stupid comments with no respect for those who may have an unpopular opinion.
How many times you've read stuff like "BMW drivers are all assholes", "All French cars sucks and are unreliable", "Alfa is unreliable", "Tesla cars are nothing more than a pile of useless sh*t" or the usual "war" between Manual car drivers and Automatic car drivers, or the usual "all old cars are good, all new cars are sh*t no matter what"
I don't know, maybe I've been reading or browsing the wrong communities, but from what I can see many people are being close minded when it comes to cars, there's no interest to study or understand new technologies, make researches to understand if a particulr brand is really good or bad as "they" say, or actually see the goods and the flaws on some things.
For example, I'm personally a huge fan of Tesla cars, and everytime I read a news related to a Tesla or an electric car in general always the same stuff comes up and I really get mad at the stuff I read: No sound = no fun; that microwave only have 350/400 km range; no point in an electric car when its energy is still produced wil fossil fuels and so on, and so on..
Looks like everyone's commute is around 400km and the country they live in still don't know that renewable resources have been developed, without actually looking into what Tesla is trying to do.
Even better those who throw sh*t at cars makers (erm, French and Italian cars for example) and write that those are unreliable while they are probably living in the U.S. and never driven or seen one. I can (and will) accept your opinion that some of those cars are bad looking for you, but saying that they're unreliable while you've never seen or driven one, is just stupid.
And then all the stupid arguments manual vs. auto, old cars vs. new cars, buying an used car vs. buying a brand new car...
Looks like those people can't really understand that there are different needs for each person, and what could be good for you can be bad for someone else. I don't know about you, but I've never (from what I remember) said that someone's decision is sh*t simply because it's different than what I think, there may be some questionable things about some topics, but that's it.
I think these people are very annoying, in fact I almost completely stopped reading those blogs or Facebook pages. Even if I rarely post something, probably the best place where I can discuss about cars and get valid opinions from is in this section, I've read many comments and topics, and I just enjoy reading what other users have to say and read stories from people who are older than me and drove much more cars than me without having to read idiotic comments on how X brand sucks and Y brand drivers are just idiots.
What do you think? Are these people annoying for you?
I've never been to a car meet, but I doubt people behave like that when they're not hiding behind a monitor.