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Okay, so I have a lot of Thoughts about fandom's migration to tumblr, and at first I didn't want to type them up because I thought it would just make me all sad, but then I was all sad anyway so I figured I might as well, and then I wasn't gonna post, because who wants to wallow in crankiness NOT ME THAT'S WHO. But then I thought maybe posting would like help my crankiness ~dissipate into the ether~ or something skdlhj;sdhjfs; IDEK WHAT I AM SAYING AT THIS POINT. Thoughts. I have them.

Obviously everyone comes to fandom for different reasons. The definition of fandom isn’t even the same for everyone. Like, one of my complaints about tumblr is that I feel like I can’t find fandom, but I’ve heard other people say they like tumblr precisely because it’s easier to find fandom, and I think that has to do with your personal definition. Tumblr’s tagging system makes it easy to find stuff (unless of course you are in 1D fandom, in which case you will find a trainwreck of misogyny, homophobia, and all sorts of other horrifying things in the tags), but to me, fandom is not the place with the stuff; it's the place with the people.

It’s not that I don’t believe fandom on tumblr can’t be active and vibrant and full of amazing things, because I know all of that is true. It’s not the what; it’s the how. For me, fandom is first and foremost about the people – it’s the energy that comes from sharing joy and building friendships, and that energy is what keeps me coming back day after day. It’s not about the end-product fanworks, but the conversations that get us there, and that’s where I think tumblr fandom is lacking in a major way.

Don’t get me wrong, I think tumblr is an awesome platform, and I love having the ability to share things without feeling like I have to take the time to say something interesting all the time, but as my main source of fannish activity, I find it really unsatisfying. I just really miss those interactive conversations that make up the whole reason I’m in fandom in the first place. I find conversations on tumblr to be awkward, clunky, and almost impossible to follow if they involve more than two people. It’s like everyone is talking, but no one is talking to each other.

This isn’t about better or worse. I fully believe that fandom will flourish no matter what platform it’s on. I mean, obviously tumblr fandom is working for some people or it wouldn’t be migrating there in the first place, right? But for my own personal fannish experience, I think that something is lost when the bulk of fandom happens on tumblr, and it’s not just one little piece, but the whole reason I love fandom so much in the first place. And that makes me sad :(

But dflkhjfdlhfdj YOU GUYS. This is a terrible post D: I don't want to feel cranky right now because wherever it happens to be, I really do love fandom a whole awful lot. And since to me fandom means people, that means I love all of you OH YES I DO ♥ And on that note, I am putting on my happyface and no one can stop me SO THERE.

I bet you're smiling now, aren't you. EMBRACE YOUR GIGGLEFACE :D :D :D

Date: 2012-08-17 09:21 pm (UTC)
eustacia_vye28: (Nerdy Tosh)
From: [personal profile] eustacia_vye28

I agree with everything you're saying in this post. I've been around the intarwebs since fandom was a wee bb with mailing lists and everything was all genfic and slashers had to be all subversive. The nature of how fans interact change, but to me the core of it has always been the discussion and the sharing of ideas. It can lead to fic/gifs/manips/fanmixes/whatever or be generated by those and then lead to others. Or it can be the fun discussion that leads to crossovers and finding new things to squee about. Or it can tangent off into SRS BSNS discussion.

To me, Tumblr feels like there's more noise than signal. It's not hard to lose track of fannish activity in that kind of mess, and my only real interaction with Tumblr has been looking at pics or an RP. And holy cow, I am so glad it's a smallish RP, because really active posters made my head spin with how far I had to go back to find any content that I was supposed to reply to.

I like journals so much more than Tumblr or Twitter, but YMMV. For my own personal interactions with fandom, journaling or chatting fits better. I want the discussion. I want the comments and the tangents and drawn out approaches to characterization and plot (since I do fic). I like finding out about random things.

And possibly this will make your day, but you know how you're into 1D fandom now? I don't know if I've heard their stuff, but one of my patients a while back started talking about them. Thanks to you, I knew who she was talking about! And I could talk about the fandom with her, because she is a young and clueless girl about all things fannish. This post reminded me to tell you about that. I think you'd appreciate it. :D

Date: 2012-08-19 07:43 pm (UTC)
eustacia_vye28: (Geek Chick)
From: [personal profile] eustacia_vye28
Tumblr is definitely easy to have the +1/like feature without a real conversation, but it seems to be too difficult to really discuss ideas with a lot of people. Which is sadmaking, because I think that's the best part of fandom.

I always think it's kind of hilarious when I get looks of shock from my child or teen patients when I mention fandomy or geeky things. I don't know why, given that I have two anime wall scrolls in my office. :)


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