?

Log in

No account? Create an account
 
 
12 July 2014 @ 10:06 pm
Proof that trying to translate Tumblr to Real Life = DISASTER  
While I'd heard of DashCon due to the creators of Welcome to Night Vale who were going to make an appearance there, I didn't realize until after the huge fallout what the Con actually was about. According to their website, it "aims to be the largest gathering of Tumblr users to date, concentrating on the particulars of this stand out social media site." The focus of the Con was to be on the geekier side of Tumblr, with focus on the Sherlock, Doctor Who, Supernatural, and WTNV fandoms. The Con is currently taking place this weekend.

I could only assume the organizers of this Con are also Tumblr users and what apparently went down yesterday and today heavily suggest that Tumblr has no business being translated into RL. At least not on a scale this large and supposedly professional. You can read about the overall chaos that ensued HERE. Needless to say, the most shocking part so far is that the crew of WTNV canceled their performance so literally last minute that audience members were sitting and waiting for the show for an hour before being told it wasn't going to happen.


Jeffrey Cranor posted on his Tumblr his apology about what happened. It's terrible the show got canceled so last second but what's even more terrible is that the Con's organizers brought in professionals who were nice enough to take their time and money to do this appearance, only to tell them at the 9th hour that they could not be paid. That's about as unprofessional as it gets. Also, the fact that they were being paid this late in the game is ridiculous.

The organizers have given a non-explanation about the overall disaster so far. Their vague writing and clear lack of refunding attendees who paid to see a show they didn't get (an hour in the ball pit? SERIOUSLY?) only adds to the image of this entire thing being a disaster and run by people who are completely irresponsible. It also really doesn't help the image of fannish Tumblr users being disorganized and a group that cannot be taken seriously. This write up of how the Con began also doesn't help.

I had an additional moment of sighing when I read this on their website as part of their Con's mission: ""we are also very interested in promoting and helping with two common issues found within Tumblr users, mainly, depression and anxiety." Okay, fine. However, I see nothing on their convention program that seems to address this or would give room for even a tangential discussion of these issues. It's so typical of Tumblr to bring something as serious as mental health into the program and then downgrade it to a footnote. This, along with the more obvious chaos that's ensued so far has given proof that Tumblr should stay in the virtual world where fantasy and the Id can run free. The Real World doesn't operate that way and if you plan on entering it, you have to leave behind the thing that seems to be what Tumblr is at its core.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 13th, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, God, no. No. I did not hear about this as a potential thing, but I would have said 'hell, no' if I had. Tumblr barely functions in fictional life, it has no business trying to exist in real life. All I can picture is people running around with their arms in the air screaming at one another. It would be mob mentality at its worst. No.

It sounds like it went just as I would have predicted it, had I known.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
So much of Tumblr operates in this bizarre fantasy world where your id can run free. Having that come into the Real World was just a recipe for disaster. The Reality Principle waits for no one.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 13th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
I just read the person's post about the organization of it, and yeah, that's about what I'd expect, too. Tumblr operates on a sense of privilege, that what everyone wants to happens or thinks should happen, should just happen, and that sort of thinking will never get anything organized. It's a world where everything should be able to say what they want without having to hear what anyone else's opinion is. That is never gonna fly when trying to put something like that together. It would be five hundred bosses assuming the other 499 people are doing what they ask them to.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 03:22 am (UTC)
I'm waiting for one of the organizers to start crying mental health issues now. Maybe that's me being completely uncharitable but that seems to be the Get Out of Jail free card on Tumblr.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 13th, 2014 03:39 am (UTC)
Maybe that's me being completely uncharitable but that seems to be the Get Out of Jail free card on Tumblr.

Yes, and I'm sure there are genuine cases of that going around, but it seems like if you're losing an argument, the quickest way to deal with it is to claim you've been 'triggered' by whatever's been said, and expect an apology.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 03:44 am (UTC)
but it seems like if you're losing an argument, the quickest way to deal with it is to claim you've been 'triggered' by whatever's been said, and expect an apology.

This is by far the thing that makes me the angriest about Tumblr users. It compromises the people who are genuinely experiencing such things.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on July 13th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
And, not to generalize, but I can tell you as a person with an anxiety disorder, arguing on a tumblr is the last thing I would do to begin with. Hell, posting an opinion on tumblr period is the last thing I would do--I know I would be a mess if someone argued with me. So, continuing to argue while claiming to be triggered by arguing is very dubious to me.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 03:53 am (UTC)
Yeahhh. If the source of one's anxiety is Tumblr then you get off Tumblr. Really. It's not that hard. It really isn't. If you persist staying on to argue your anxiety is real, then you most likely have something else, not anxiety.
X-parrotxparrot on July 13th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
Have been watching this unfold on my tumblr today and wincing. It sounds to me...from the little I've looked at, which isn't much...that it's mostly a case of a few (I'm guessing quite young, knowing Tumblr?) people biting off more than they could chew and then not realizing it until it was too late to ask for help...

...fundraising without even having a place to put the money, much less a concrete plan of what to do with it??? wowsa...! I do feel sorry for the fans who just signed up for a con. And the WTNV peeps, of course, for getting dragged into it.

(if anything has proven how Tumblr is not a platform for communication...)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
people biting off more than they could chew and then not realizing it until it was too late to ask for help...

I think also what's contributing to the mess is that they organizers seem to not be dealing with the fallout very well. There's no admittance for where they went wrong but rather further bad excuses that's only feeding the fire of hate on Tumblr.

Also, some of the panels for the Con sounded questionable.
X-parrotxparrot on July 13th, 2014 03:57 am (UTC)
There's no admittance for where they went wrong but rather further bad excuses that's only feeding the fire of hate

...yeeeeeah now that sounds like every Tumblr argument ever distilled to its essence >.>

The panels I've seen mentioned I haven't been able to tell if they're jokes or what...!

Mostly it just makes me sad to hear about...I love a ridiculous trainwreck as much as the next person (okay, more, I can be terrible) but there's something about failed events (parties that no one goes to, dances where no one is dancing) that is both embarrassing and melancholy.


formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 13th, 2014 04:02 am (UTC)
My tendency to engage in schadenfreude is a bit all over the place. On one hand, I am fascinated by train wrecks. But on the other hand, this is pretty sad. And I'm doubly sad it involved actual professional guests like the WTNV crew.
aelfgyfu_meadaelfgyfu_mead on July 13th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I went to a con a number of years ago that I will not name, but it was well before social media—must have been end of the 80s, I think. It was a disaster of nearly these proportions. Major guests canceled—reportedly one of them actually went to the airport to talk to airline representatives in an attempt to convince them that the organizers must have paid for a ticket, because it was in the contract! There were some guests of note there, but I think one of them was hitting on me! I was both embarrassed and flattered at first, and then a friend of a friend informed me what he'd heard about this actor's reputation, and I was embarrassed and squicked (though the latter wasn't a work yet, I believe). No one got refunds.

It's a real shame, especially when it sounds like their materials were geared towards people who might suffer from depression and anxiety!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on July 14th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
The more I read about DashCon, the people I feel the worst for are the poor hotel workers. Being disorganized and inexperienced as a Con organizer, I can sort of forgive because I'll give the benefit of the doubt that these people didn't know how much they had taken on until it was too late.

But stories about the organizers leading huge crowds of attendees to harass the hotel staff and singing Les Miz songs as a form of protest in the lobby? That behavior is not okay. Not to sound like a cranky old lady but "Were you all raised by wolves? Who is responsible for you not having any sort of manners??"