this has been a PSA
Jesus fucking christ
This is exactly the kind of shit I was talking about. I had a rant some weeks ago about people ‘hiding’ comments in their tags, and the response was mainly two things: Either people did it just because they preferred it that way for whatever reason (which in the end is really their business), or this, which is something that until I made that post I had no idea about. I didn’t know this shit was a thing. I had no idea people actually posted shit like this, because it just seems so fucking unreal.
This is bullshit, and the person who posted this is bullshit by extension.
This is some fucked up elitist mentality that only some thoughts are “worthy” of being made. That if your response doesn’t live up to their standards then why the fuck are you posting it? Keep your mouth shut because what you have to say isn’t worth hearing! This of course is further ingrained by the use of excessive caps and emoticons in the original post suggesting that anyone who makes a response like that is a child or an idiot, because there’s no faster or lazier way to discredit the other side than to imitate them with fevered, emoticon-littered writing.
Well I say fuck that. I produce my own content (and I don’t mean compiling TV gifsets) and I want to see everything everyone has to say. Even if it’s just AAAA THIS SCARED ME or WOWOWOW THIS IS SUPER CUUUUTE WOW, seeing that kind of response means a lot to me. It means I evoked that kind of response. That’s very flattering! And for people to want to censor others because they think their thoughts aren’t important or worthwhile enough to be read, frankly, that’s disgusting. No one should be pressured into feeling like they have to shut up especially on a subject and medium like motherfucking Tumblr. It’s like telling someone “GET OFF MY POST”.
And I mean let’s think practically about this, too: It’s not like every time someone reblogs your post AND ADDS TEXT a man comes to your door and sits you down and reads it out loud off a telegram. What happens is that the little list that shows “so and so reblogged your post” has one additional line of text on it saying “AND ADDED: [COMMENT YOU DON’T THINK WAS WORTH YOUR TIME]”. I would say it takes one extra second to scroll past but the amount of time spent scrolling that additional line is so insignificant I couldn’t even measure it. Most people who address this spend way more time complaining about it than they ever would spend being inconvenienced by having to read what people thought of their post (god forbid)
So in summation this whole toxic, bullshit mentality of “Hey plebeians who have the privilege of looking at my stuff! Here’s how you are and are not allowed to respond to it!” is awful and so arrogant I almost didn’t believe it was real
If you want to sort of stash your thoughts away in tags, I can’t force you not to by any means
But you should never feel like you have to hide your thoughts because they’re not ‘good enough’.
Especially not here.
All in all Tumblr is a fun site, but people are actually DISCOURAGING others voicing their opinions and comments. DeviantART is slowly dying, and it’s pretty bad, because it’s one of the few sites left where you can communicate with words, instead of reactions gifs and Tumblr memes. I’ve seen people reblog things with their comments and anons sending messages to their ask-blogs akin to “Wow, why are you commenting everything you reblog, that is so annoying.” Why would you do that? This might be an interactive shiny picturebook to some people, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but especially artists really appreciate reblogs with comments. Those pictures you like so much COME FROM SOMEWHERE, you know. By all means, voiceless reblogs are nice too because they give you exposure, but if someone has the time to say something nice, then oh my god, don’t diss them because of that. This is a really terrible attitude to have.
I’ve considered making a reblog-blog just for original content and commenting on it, and stuff like this makes me want to do it more, just to spite people who are encouraging an internet culture where everything must be just scrolled past as fast as possible, without stopping to appreciate it.
I AM SO HAPPY, THANK YOU.
Reblogging because I’VE BEEN GRUMPYGROANING ABOUT THIS VERY THING WITH MY FRIEND FOR AGES. About how nobody seems to comment on anything anymore and just hides everything in tags, making artists have to check every single fucking reblog separately to see if there’s EVEN A TINY BIT OF FEEDBACK. Most of the time there isn’t any. IT’S REALLY RIDICULOUS AND IT BLOWS???? BECAUSE ARTISTS LIKE ME FUCKING LIVE OFF FEEDBACK. IT’S IMPORTANT TO THEM.
Even “dumb” comments like “WOW CUTE” take me and probably many others A LONG WAY.
Of course even though this may have come off sounding like that, the stuff I’m writing here isn’t to be accusatory towards people who choose not to comment. YOU ARE EXTREMELY FREE TO NOT COMMENT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO. Especially since I am also a shy butt who has trouble replying to things people write me because I never know what to reply and I become anxious as hell and bleughfb
THIS WHOLE THING IS DIRECTED AT PEOPLE WHO PURPOSEFULLY DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM COMMENTING. THAT’S GROSS AS HELL and i will pee in your eye if you do thatsklnvslk
ok sorry for being an asshole BUT THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN BUGGING ME FOREVER AND THE OP POST PISSED ME OFF CONSIDERABLY, I CAN’T LIE. Ugh.
i completely agree with all of this!! and im really bothered that people have such elitism over something as stupid as someone leaving a comment on a picture
dont buy into this bs, its your fucking blog, type whatever youd like to say!!!!
Can we also talk about the sort of… linguistic elitism in this post? Unless you speak my language you’re not allowed to have an opinion on my art!!!
Lbr.. only a native English speaker would be enough of an asshole to think this way. This is linguistic imperialism or something idk. I say this as a native English speaker myself; there’s so much entitlement and condescension there. Not to mention the choice of ‘foreign language’ here was interesting too… because I’m pretty sure OP wasn’t thinking of Spaniards when they made this stupid shit…
thank goodness for these comments on this post b/c i’ve seen this floating around for a while and no one has said anything to contrast the whole “if you write in tags you’re sharing an esoteric ~moment~ with others but if you write in the comments and it’s not sth witty/memorable/”useful” you’re being a brainless nuisance” mentality that i’ve seen around a lot.
but ugh honestly fuck that???? i actually use my tags to index things and i don’t like having random things in my tag memory bank (?) and this is my own blog don’t fucking police me on what arbitrary etiquette i need to conform to be worthy of using tumblr of all things. i use my blog as an outlet the last thing i need is random ppl telling me i should or should not do a thing b/c it’s aesthetically unappealing to them or w/e
& wow if you intentionally go anon and tell ppl that they need to stop commenting too much on their own blogs just because it’s things like “omg that’s so qt ;w;” or “LOLOLOL THISSSS!!!” and not a follow-up ~punchline~ you need to sit the fuck back down
also hahahahaha “don’t post in [language] unless OP speaks it too” 兔崽子你抽什么风啊 没听说过眼不见为净吗臭p小子
this is what heterophobia would look like if it was real. if you believe that heterophobia is a real thing that exists, please watch this because you will see that it simply doesn’t exist, that it never has and never will.
tbh I think everyone should watch this anyway because it’s very clever and very powerful
Alexander McQueen. “I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.”
This is like my favorite living room came to life and haunted me in the middle of the night. So upset to be missing the McQueen exhibit at the Met.
#but what if suits was filmed so that you never actually saw harvey’s face #you only saw mike #and you heard harvey’s voice and everything but never his eyes #that just seems so cool to me #because it’d make him seem even more untouchable as a lawyer #all you see is his suit and his tie and his mouth that’s always drawn into a neutral line #except when it’s smirking because he just won a case #and then you’d have mike whose big puppy eyes are visible and he’s still very human #and then the last shot would be of harvey and mike facing away from the camera as they look out the window #and then the camera would cut low so you couldn’t see either of their eyes as they turned toward each other #and harvey would hold out his hand and say ‘nice work today kid’ #and mike would shake his hand but not smile back because now his lips are neutral and you can’t see his eyes anymore either #because his success came with the price of being a little less human #because now he’s like harvey just like he wanted to be: a suit and a tie and a tight-lipped mouth #that’s his identity now #and so that’s what the camera sees (tickatocka)