Monday, August 29th, 2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
I agree that it's essentially the appropriation of more or less good concepts for the purpose of feeling superior, more right/righteous. And beneath it all, the issue is "how do we get rid of bullying?" It's hard to think of a community where that isn't an issue.

As you know, I think appropriating actual life-and-death causes and/or accusing people of very real, very horrible crimes is vastly worse than accusing them of being unfun or irrational. I think independent communities, at least, can put policies in place like forbidding accusations of crimes without personal evidence, or having specific areas for restricting certain venting. e.g., On my first fandom website, we didn't really have that, so a bunch of us created a subforum specifically for hating on the LOTR movies so our bitter rants wouldn't leak into the rest of the site. Tumblr anti/hate/critical tags theoretically serve a similar function, but it's too informal to really work effectively.

But part of the issue is that on a platform like Tumblr, there are no independent communities, just loose interconnected clusters that, at best, try to abide by vague and unspoken norms. So instead you get the obnoxious "don't follow me if" or "I don't follow if," etc. It makes bullying in general much easier, particularly as the administrators of huge sites like Twitter or Tumblr rarely enforce their own rules (or do it in a completely arbitrary and inconsistent manner). And I'm not sure there's much we can do about that.

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