(No, this isn't a thread about hipsters.)
I've recently read a book on movies that described certain directors as "commercial", and I began thinking... Does everything that is popular or "mainstream" - however you might define the word - by definition un-progressive, whitewashed, "dumbed down", non-inclusive, "safe", or whatnot? Does something getting popular signal the meggido of its individuality/originality/convention-defying?
And does liking "mainstream" stuff say anything about you?
(Sorry if this is poorly articulated, I'm eager to clarify stuff if you ask.)