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There’s an old adage that is no less true for all the effort people expend in trying to ignore it: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”

Maybe it’s because I’ve been away for a long time, but the trend I’m seeing in a certain fandom since I’ve returned rings like a death knell. Ego-tripping power players who never had a good word to say about one another in the past have become chummy and then started to cannibalize. Can’t help but think we’re going to be damned lucky if there’s anyone left when their feast is over.

When did people forget that this is supposed to be about fun and sharing and celebrating one another’s gifts? When did a once-strong community descend into jealousy, spitefulness, and the pursuit of personal vendettas?

Aren’t there enough trolls out there already, and have we forgotten that pandering to over-inflated egos is a no-win scenario? No matter how good any artist or writer is, there’s always going to be someone who is better. When you think about it, there’s no room for ego at all, because everyone began at the same place and is on the same journey, only at different points along the way. The people we view as brilliant or especially gifted worked hard to be where they are, and the truly memorable ones never let it go to their heads. I can name off several of the latter without having to hardly think about it. They are the ones who make a fandom community great instead of throwing their weight around and demanding the limelight no matter who they have to step upon on their way to the stage.

Let us not sweep the elephant crap under the living room rug and spray a little Lysol around in vain hope of hiding the stench. That being said, I honestly wonder if people aren’t objecting to what is happening for fear of becoming the next target, if they are as disappointed and worn out with the childishness as I am, or just don’t give enough of a damn anymore to take a stand for what’s right. It’s a tough choice, I know. Nothing pisses the bullies off like having their victims not cave in. There is, however, a bright side to all this. Those people they ‘put in their place’ don’t often have the habit of staying there.

Let us be of clear conscience, folks. If we are going to emulate anyone, let it be those who are admirable not only for their hard-won abilities, but for their strength of character as well. I am thankful there are still some of them around. It makes me believe there’s hope for this situation yet.

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grygon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't have said it better myself. 

I was thinking of our little haunted house story just recently, I miss it and I miss you and I miss our writing so much.  :)
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Vinvalenwind Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, hon...I just wish it didn't need to be said at all.

Me too...I'm ready when you are. :huggle:
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Fandom drama always confuses me utterly. I haven't been involved in fandom on dA for a looooong time so I have no idea what the specific problem is, but it's probably ridiculous and/or petty, because 90% of fandom drama is. I don't understand how people can become so consumed by something that's meant to be about light-hearted enjoyment, and how they can use it as a vessel for so much unnecessary negativity. I think perhaps people need to gain a bit of perspective, and be more self-aware about how they're behaving. 

Of course, drama created by legitimate criticism of the source material (i.e. the game/show/whatever includes something shitty and offensive, certain people try to defend it because they LOVE THE THING SO MUCH IT CAN DO NO WRONG and then start attacking others who dare to criticise) is a bit of a different case, but when it's just...petty stuff, just causing shit and being mean for the sake of it in a community that's meant to be about creativity and fun, it's weird. 
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Vinvalenwind Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, Meggie. Its like people become completely uncivilized over something that is utterly trivial in the greater scheme of things. Its almost like some of them save up all the RL negativity and take it out on whoever crosses their path in the online community.

I hear you, hon... and not even the creators of the original source material are infallible. There is room for intelligent debate over all manner of things- continuity issues immediately comes to mind. People have been hashing over those for years. But to attack someone for having a different opinion? Utterly juvenile and if anything, shows a lack of open mindedness. Its not as if they are going to change a differing opinion by resorting to bullying. I have come to believe some people are addicted to it, however, because why else try to deliberately ostracize others from a creative community? It smacks of either insecurity in their own abilities, or at worst, outright jealousy.
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Meggie272 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not entirely sure WHAT is going on in their minds. A possible explanation is though that when real life is hard or overwhelming, the attachment to fictional characters, universes and pairings can become very very strong, as a comfort and escape mechanism - I know this, because it happens to me frequently! And maybe when someone feels like the most positive and comforting influence in their life is being threatened in a way they get very, very negative and defensive, because their attachment to that pairing or w/e is bordering on the obsessive.  

More often, though, I think it's just rudeness and malice, which is much easier to get away with over the Internet.
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LupaSola Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see your point and I agree with you. I didn't noticed it as much as you do, because I try not to think about this "war" that much. In my eyes it's ridiculous. Just as you said, and that's exactly what I'm trying to my younger and "own-style-searching" friends: Art is there for fun! If you turn art (if writing, drawing, photographing or whatever) int a fight and use it for rivalry it's gonna loose it's magic. No matter if you follow a fandom or draw your own characters. 
Make art not war! Please! Everyone out there! Try to remember that! If you dislike what you're doing or if you don't give a single blood, sweat and tears… what is it worth? It's nothing more then a soulless body. An empty white paper. 
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Vinvalenwind Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, sweet...you are exactly right. We have been around long enough now to be mentoring the latecomers, but instead, its almost like having to apologize to them for the rampant stupidity running within our community. What might they have become, if they were encouraged instead of being either ignored, or else outright trolled? Another tremendously gifted writer or artist, and we were privileged to be able to watch them grow into their gifts? I just don't understand. If just one leaves because of it, we all lose.
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LupaSola Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, you're really right :( If they wouldn't spend so much power in this war, they truly would have more time to learn and to grow. There're great talents hidden in them and if they'd rise many people would watch them rising, I think.
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Vinvalenwind Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen to that, Marie... it is such an awful waste. I had this same thing brought home to me just the other day by someone who is so very gifted but who suffers so much in RL. This is why we're here...to make a difference. I think I will be making another journal on this very subject, because there is a lot that still needs saying. :hug:
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LupaSola Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that :( Yeah, making a difference. You're right. :huggle::heart:
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