RAW FEED: We are all Tumblr Kids - DashCon stream of consciousness

This is not an interesting video. 2am rambling about Dash Con and such, don’t mind me. Working Title: “How Mocking Tumblr Kids is Destroying Society”

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  • JD

    Social networking is awesome right?
    I’m not sure if there will come a time when it all ( FB twitter, tumblr, all of them) comes to a crashing halt when people want their private lives back.

    I guess I’m to old to understand how cyber bullying works or how you could be affected by somebody texting hateful words when you can easily block the source.

  • Muthsarah

    “We’re just laughing and pointing that them in this…circus/sideshow kinda way […] you know, it’s so fun to laugh at them, like ‘that’s not me, ha ha ha!’. It’s very validating and gratifying, like ‘look how I’m so NOT like that person.”

    Hence reality television, especially the more “freak show”-like ones.

    Modern media, distant and impersonal, even anonymous, allows viewers to become bullies, without the risk of being caught and judged by others for doing it, or even having to own up (even to themselves) for what they’re doing. And it’s not too dissimilar to what they’re accusing the Tumblr kids of doing. Making oneself a victim (which is really twisted, given that it used to be thought of as BAD to be a victim), without actually being abused in a serious sense (more about just feeling insecure), is empowering; you can forgive yourself any of your faults or mistakes if you can foist the blame for them on someone else. There’s an attraction to feeling righteous. But if you get too public and showy about it, you come off as petulant, even oblivious. And then people will laugh at you over that, and excuse themselves that because, hey, they’re not bullying you, they’re just putting you back in your place. Which makes you, the victim, feel persecuted again.

    As a kid/teen, I knew kids who grew up in homes without TVs or computers. And this is when the Internet was first becoming really big. “Everyone” had it, or there was something wrong with them (“lets make fun of them for it!”). At the time, I couldn’t imagine living without them; TV was my parents/babysitters, and the Internet was my school. But if I had kids today, eegawd, I wouldn’t let them online unsupervised until they got their first jobs. There’s just so much that is unhealthy about anonymous online culture and relationships. It promotes obsession, insecurity, rudeness, misanthropy, a sense of feeling marginalized/alienated/mocked, and even a love of persecuting others, the nastier you can be, and the more visibly insecure your target, the better. Too many kids’ minds just aren’t ready to deal with that kind of stuff, and since it’s a very solitary activity (at least on an individual level), it leaves kids to deal all alone with whatever crap humanity can throw at them. And WILL throw at them. Because lots of people out there think it’s fun, whether or not they even realize they’re hurting real people. Worst part is, I suspect most of them know damn well what they’re doing. They’re being encouraged, rewarded, for hurting others without fear of censure.

    So, let’s toast our fuddy-duddiness. Down with technology!