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So.

This week I keep running into people on Tumblr ~*~lamenting~*~ how Tumblr is so hard to have fannish conversations on, how the old LJ/webring/whatever days were so much more interconnected, how much harder it is to find stuff or keep stuff on Tumblr, how it's harder to control who sees what and thus some stuff has to go unsaid, how deeply they wish they could tell people "I liked that" or "I feel that way, too" and talk to people like they used to...

and they're posting this on Tumblr.

IF YOU MISS THE INTERACTION SO MUCH, POST TO YOUR BLEEDIN' INTERACTIVE SITE OF CHOICE!

Ahem. Sorry 'bout that. But it really does drive me up the wall; I want to shout at them, "The power is within your grasp!" Crying about it on the very platform guaranteed not to open a meaningful dialogue about it suggests to me that you don't actually want those things, you just... I dunno, actually. Want to feel sad for a while, and any cause will do? Want to brag about how Experienced In Fandom you are? Are having a bout of I'm old and nobody understands and couldn't resist whining?

Why would you complain (in some posters' cases, deeply and comprehensively) about how hard it is to do fandom now that it's (partly) on Tumblr, and then proceed to ignore any of the ways you could fight the shift/help the parts that aren't there?

Nobody says you have to pick Just One Place to be fannish in! Crossposting is a thing that can happen. For that matter, use one as a simple alert system for the other -- remember how we used to do fake LJ-cuts for outside links? Yeah. Post somewhere that allows for discussion, and then make some fake Read-Mores on your Tumblr that link to your LJ, or whatever you use! If your Tumblr posts are generally short, do a "daily roundup", ML digest style, to consolidate them in one DW post.

There are tonnes of ways to be interactive, not just whatever it was you used Back When Everything Was Great. But if all you do is use the "most popular" option, then you should stop complaining about it -- you're part of why The Ways We Used Before aren't as active, and it makes you look disingenuous at best.


NB: Yes, I really am done complaining now. I really appreciate all of the people who don't do this sort of thing, y'know -- thank you, all of you who continue to use other platforms for fannishness because you prefer that communication style! People who know what they want and refuse to follow the crowd when it makes them unhappy are people I'm happy to read and squee with. ♥

NB2: The fake-readmores thing is something I've been vaguely considering doing with my own DW for a while now, actually! Anybody with more familiarity with Tumblr want to chime in with whether this seems feasible? (I know I post infrequently; would I be seen at all, or would I be swept away in the jetstream too quickly?)
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Criminal Minds is supposed to be appropriate for ages fourteen and up!?

Maybe I'm overreacting -- and I definitely feel like a curmudgeon -- but given what I've been looking at in the last few episodes -- a murdered and sexually abused six-year-old, photos of a woman who's been tortured to death, a man's arm that was dissected down to the bone, children being held hostage -- I really would not want fourteen-year-olds watching this. o.O

This sort of disturbingly emphasises my prior suspicions that most of the FF.Net authors writing CM fic are between the ages of 12 and 14. It's somewhat alarming that the show says it's okay for fourteen-year-olds; it's a much more disconcerting feeling I get when I realise that they appear to be a significant segment of the audience!
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Criminal Minds is supposed to be appropriate for ages fourteen and up!?

Maybe I'm overreacting -- and I definitely feel like a curmudgeon -- but given what I've been looking at in the last few episodes -- a murdered and sexually abused six-year-old, photos of a woman who's been tortured to death, a man's arm that was dissected down to the bone, children being held hostage -- I really would not want fourteen-year-olds watching this. o.O

This sort of disturbingly emphasises my prior suspicions that most of the FF.Net authors writing CM fic are between the ages of 12 and 14. It's somewhat alarming that the show says it's okay for fourteen-year-olds; it's a much more disconcerting feeling I get when I realise that they appear to be a significant segment of the audience.

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