this culture on this site is so toxic
What culture is that?
i guess technically it’s not one culture but there are just elements of really awful behavior all over the place. Every day I will see posts romanticizing things like self-harm, depression, abusive relationships, anxiety, social awkwardness and the like. There are posts waxing nostalgic about awful things like the beating of children like it’s some endearing character trait. There are posts celebrating self-destructive and backwards behavior including everything from ignorance to laziness to poor hygiene to obliterating yourself with drugs.There are whole communities of people, fat and skinny, thin and thick, muscular and not, etc etc, who make an identity out of shaming and attacking people for being too fat or too skinny or too buff or not buff enough or for trying to alter their appearance in any way, as well as for having preferences based on weight, height, and any other number of aesthetic differences, while at the same time preaching about body acceptance. There are enclaves of bullied or otherwise victimized people who have decided to use tumblr as a place to reenact their own previous bullying or other victimization but with themselves in the role of power. This includes everything from the “die cis scum” people and the more openly racist elements of what is called “black tumblr” and the other groups placed under the umbrella term of the “social justice” crowd (who are themselves used as a bogeyman by the more reactionary and bigoted elements of certain majority groups on tumblr who are embodied in the stereotype of the obese, fedora-clad white male writing angry screed in his mother’s basement about all the groups who are ‘oppressing’ him) on down the line to nerds who feel the need to lash out at people they see as representative of the larger society which they feel alienated from and victimized by to even fandom blogs who will mercilessly attack people for not shipping certain characters or for having opinions about tv show plots. People delete their blogs or change their urls all the time because they had the audacity to have an opinion and were subsequently descended upon by swarms of bitter angry people with nothing better to do than harass strangers on the internet. Seemingly every disagreement on this site no matter how minor the issue at hand or how subjective the respective viewpoints are tends to devolve into the most pathetic shouting down and/or complete dismissal. There are very rarely honest and kind-hearted attempts to educate, usually such opportunities are squandered in emotion-driven visceral reactions which themselves serve only to deepen the divides between people and to result in further othering and hate.The usual response to a disagreement on this site is to instantly assume away the dissenter’s personhood an ascribe them the status of at best an imbecile and at worst a complete monster. There is essentially zero productive, open, honest, judgement-free discussion taking place anywhere on this site, and despite the fact that it is largely populated by people who created a blog in an attempt to be heard, it seems not too many people want to extend that curtesy to others. This site is populated by enclaves of bitter and angry people who came to tumblr for various reasons and have themselves behaved in ways which are reminiscent of the kinds of things that drove them here. Ideally, tumblr would be a place for people of all kinds who feel disconnected or victimized or oppressed or alone or just bored to come together with other people who have similar interests, ideas, feelings, experiences, etc and do something positive with that but it seems that way too many of us have decided to go the alternate route of creating vicious bitter little cliques of varying sizes and perpetuating varying degrees of militantly-enforced groupthink on those within the clique while othering anyone outside the clique and attacking anyone inside or out who happens to have a minority opinion. In short, there’s a lot of hate and anger and bitterness swirling about on this site and what should be a collection of diverse little societies more closely resembles a number of storms of various sizes and strengths whipping about, occasionally clashing with each other, and throwing people and Dorothy’s house and cows and shit all around in the bitter and unforgiving winds which they produce.
And that’s not even to get into the culture of militant ignorance that pervades this site to the point where an easily google-able factual claim will get hundreds of thousands of notes without more than a handful of people bothering to fact-check it.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s just off the top of my head based on what I’ve seen on my dash in the last few days.