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Thu, Apr. 27th, 2006, 11:21 pm
Anti-fan is the new fan!

Apparently, I have to hate people who make things I like in order to make the things I like happy and to look cool.

Did you understand that statement? Me, neither, but I'll show you how it seems to work. It's a story of how the actions of a suprising few can result in disaster.

For example, say I like the web-comic DMFA. If I talk about that, people might seem me as a CRAZED mindless FANBOY -- something that is essentially universally hated from what I've seen. Also, many of this generation seem to hate the very idea of people liking their works: look at how the author of Johny the Homicidal Maniac and Invader Zim acts! Fanboys, fangirls, something you look down at, not something you want to be. Getting back to the example, what am I supposed to do? I like DMFA, but I don't want to be some creepy stalker fanboy.

...I've got it! I don't like DMFA! It's vapid, and Amber Panyko is a stupid bitch! Ah-hah! Now there's a solution. Nobody can accuse me of a being a fanboy: I'll just laugh and call them stupid -- I'm DMFA's biggest critic. I'm not an Amber Panyko fanatic or stalker: p'faww, why should I care about that wannabe? Well, okay, she's funny sometimes, and the comic is alright, so I guess I kind of read it... but that's it.

Isn't this a horrible end-point? I see those self-defense mechanisms all the time, both in others and uncomfortably frequently from myself. It has so much power behind it, though: with communities like fantards and the like floating around, it's as if it isn't safe to love something.

Fri, Apr. 28th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)

The point is, either we're using this wonderful wide Internet to create new things and push new ideas, or we're using it to tear it all down. The latter does seem to be all the rage increasingly.

Like many other things these days, there is no middle ground and no one is safe.

Sat, Apr. 29th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)

My reflex is to wish that we could get along regardless, I mean, there's enough room for everyone and everything. The problem is our stuff plays off of the stuff of others. For instance, mans have to die in order for me to be in your base, killing ur mans. (Never saying that again, it was just an example.) Stupid jokes like this only work if there are furries to play it off of, but it's a stupid and cheap joke regardless. In order for us to have the idea of the ninja and the pirate, they actually had to exist, and they caused a lot of pain and death, but were the product of their environment, too. I see these interconnections, and realize there's going to be conflict. I guess I just want people to follow the Golden Rule, so at least we minimilize causulties.