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03 November 2012 @ 09:21 pm
Tumblr is Poison. Sweet Poison.  
This is the only way I can explain why I keep going there to read people's reactions to Cloud Atlas. Maybe it's also because so few people on LJ seem to be writing about it. But I should know better at this point. Close to nothing I read on Tumblr makes me have any faith in the human race. From the vitriol spilled toward reviewers who disliked the yellowfacing (apparently we should get over it because the film did employ a ton of Asian actors as extras. Wow. Did they get food on set too? On plates and everything?) to comments like: "Cloud Atlas the movie is WAY better than the book. But I haven't read it so maybe I'm wrong! But I'm not! LOLZ!"

*facepalm* (although I'd rather *tumblrfist*)

I will say some of the graphics people have put up are pretty. But I could probably get a similar effect by going to Google images.

I watched the film again with a friend who was one of the few viewers (it seems at least) disappointed with film!Frobisher. She missed the hedonistic, bisexual narcissist of the book. But she loved film!Sixsmith and proceeded to Netflix every film James D'Arcy has ever made.

Her overall opinion of the film was: "Cloud Atlas would like you to know that everyone is equal. Unless you're an Asian man. In which case Cloud Atlas would like you to know that White men are better."

She should totally create a Tumblr account.
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Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
No, stop, get away from Tumblr while you still can. I'm having trouble leaving it, and it is seriously becoming a problem. It's quicksand!!! INTERNET QUICKSAND!

...reviewers who disliked the yellowfacing (apparently we should get over it because the film did employ a ton of Asian actors as extras. Wow. Did they get food on set too? On plates and everything?)

Not just that, but they were given special allowance for lunch breaks during which they were allowed to eat this food. Very advanced, yes. *nods-nods*

"Cloud Atlas the movie is WAY better than the book. But I haven't read it so maybe I'm wrong! But I'm not! LOLZ!"

Ohh, I hate that one. People like this should just hold up signs saying, "I conform easily to the masses and will agree with anything if it gets me a pat on the back!" Wow, I just realized I'm in a snarky mood here, hmm. Perhaps I should curtail that. But yes, if I haven't read the book, I at least have the decency to consider I may be missing out on something. :p

Her overall opinion of the film was: "Cloud Atlas would like you to know that everyone is equal. Unless you're an Asian man. In which case Cloud Atlas would like you to know that White men are better."

*facepalms* Aww. There's a flaw in everything, isn't there? *sigh*
formerly lifeinsomniac: HalDominosjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
It's quicksand!!! INTERNET QUICKSAND!

It's painful to me how much time I've lost to Tumblr. I feel like Tumblr is to LJ what Twitter is the Facebook. A place where people tend to post single sentence thoughts that are almost always punch-worthy.

It's also tends to be ridiculously repetitive which is ANOTHER reason why I can't understand why I keep going back there. How many posts do I need to see that just says, "CLOUD ATLAS AMAZING!" OR "BEN WHISHAW IS PERFECT. EVERYWHERE." ? That last one barely makes grammatical sense but I keep going back. It's like an opium den or something.

Wow, I just realized I'm in a snarky mood here, hmm. Perhaps I should curtail that.

NEVER curtail your snark. Let it fly free. Like the way Cloud Atlas wants people to fly free. Unless you're an Asian man in which case you get limited air space.

Okay, I'm apparently in a mood as well.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
It's painful to me, too. Tumblr is just so...unstoppable? Everything I want to see is right there, endlessly. All I have to do is subscribe to the applicable bloggers, and literally every minute or so there will be a new update for me to see, whether its a person's way of speaking that I like or a pretty picture. The instant gratification nature of the site is what makes it so hard to leave. Even if I'm being given practically the same thing, again and again, it still feels new because it appeals to the part of my brain that likes to look for minor differences, that part of me that evolved when I began getting into photo manipulation and story analysis and even editing things.

Plus, there are those moments when it's genuinely surprising, or I discover something new. And that further cements the appeal of the site, however sporadic those moments are. It does make me want to be on LJ more, though, since here feels less...hyperkinetic? Controllable? Something similar? For example, I posted one image--ONE IMAGE--on Tumblr and got 119 notifications in two days. It was alarming. I don't get that many notifications here, and, oddly, maybe that's comforting in some way.

I do like how language has evolved on the site, though. Everyone's always SO EXCITED AND SCREAMING ABOUT EVERYTHING SO HAPPY WHAT IS GRAMMAR OR AIR AND YET IT MAKES SENSE SO PERFECT AGLKSGHLSK. Hee! As I've mentioned to awanderingbard, sometimes it's hard to stop typing that way when leaving the site. ALL THE FEELINGS. Yes. *inserts reaction gif of happy people dancing in funny hats*

NEVER curtail your snark. Let it fly free. Like the way Cloud Atlas wants people to fly free. Unless you're an Asian man in which case you get limited air space.

That was almost complementary, and then it became a social commentary, and now I don't know where I stand anymore! Should I still feel complimented? Or should I shake my head at the sadness? Ah, I don't know what to do with my options. *G*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Maybe I just need to find people to follow on Tumblr who are more normal. Like the way some people on LJ are completely lovely while others...aren't. And make that clear through their posts on LJ.

That was almost complementary, and then it became a social commentary, and now I don't know where I stand anymore! Should I still feel complimented? Or should I shake my head at the sadness? Ah, I don't know what to do with my options. *G*

You should definitely continue to feel complimented! Like the way Cloud Atlas felt it was complimenting the human race. Unless you were an Asian man in which case-you know what never mind. I'll just stop there.
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The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIN: Merlin finds you weirdawanderingbard on November 4th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
There seems to be some sort of impression that if you like something, you have to like all of it completely and whole-heartedly or else you're not a true fan. Like, I like Sherlock. I like it a lot. I think it's a great show and like to write stories about it. But I don't like how Moffatt in particular writes women. That doesn't mean I hate the show or that I'm a terrible fan who should die. It's just my opinion. But say something like that on Tumblr and watch the world go up in flames. Hell, say you don't ship Johnlock and be prepared to be told you're wrong and can't be in the club any more.

What's bad about tumblr is the same thing that's good about it. There are a bunch of people who like what you like and you can post about it and five seconds later ten thousand people have reblogged you and made you feel special. Say something wrong, though, and ten thousand people are telling you to go kill yourself. It's such instant gratification and breeds insane, mob-like behaviour.
formerly lifeinsomniac: WTFjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
There seems to be some sort of impression that if you like something, you have to like all of it completely and whole-heartedly or else you're not a true fan.

YES. THIS. Why is it that in order to be a "true fan" you need to park common sense at the door? What is this all or nothing criteria? I've yet to read/watch/listen to any single thing and found it to be perfection through and through. And yes, even the writings of David Mitchell are not perfection. (le gasp!)

Hell, say you don't ship Johnlock and be prepared to be told you're wrong and can't be in the club any more.

Sorry, Johnlock? This is the portmanteau the shippers have chosen? Please look to your icon of Colin Morgan to get what my own face looks like right now.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on November 4th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
See and I can be perfectly content with not loving everything about a show and continuing to enjoy it and watch it and be involved in fan works for it. I mean, there are aspects I would love to defend when people criticize them, but to each his own, you know?

Yep, Johnlock. And because apparently no one on Sherlock is straight, we also have Mystrade (Mycroft and Lestrade), and MorMor (Moriarty and Moran) and Mollierene (Molly and Irene). So, the main pairings on the show are two men, one of whom is pretty much asexual and the other one is pretty vocal about how straight he is, two men and two women who have never shared a scene together, and two men, one of who does not yet exist. And if you don't ship them, you're wrong.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
I had heard of Mystrade and MorMor. It's quite a feat that Moran has yet to appear on Sherlock and yet he got in on a pairing. I'm really not sure how Mystrade came to be. The characters have yet to even be seen together on the show. I mean...what inspired it?

one of whom is pretty much asexual and the other one is pretty vocal about how straight he is

Canon and logic are those pesky things that the shippers swim past.

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The Writer They Call Tay: Sherlock: Lestrade shadesawanderingbard on November 4th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
My guess is that they were leftover, basically. Because no one is allowed to be straight. Even if Lestrade has a wife. I guess there might be something with the whole straight laced politician and working class cop and the fact that they both care about Sherlock in parental sort of ways. But... I really don't know. I mean, I think it would be fun to write them in a conversation because of their concern for Sherlock, but I don't really see any reason to ship them. Lestrade/Molly has more canon basis. Hell, even Lestrade/Sherlock has more canon basis.

I just like epic friendships. Is that weird? Like, I just like writing people being awesome friends to each other. That's all I ask from a show.
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Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: TemptingFateguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
And yes, even the writings of David Mitchell are not perfection. (le gasp!)

YOU ARE NOT A TRUE FAN AT ALL. *IRRATIONALLY JUDGES YOU AND REFUSES TO LISTEN TO REASON*

Goodness. *snickers*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on November 4th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I better make a smooshed name for the Frobisher/Sixsmith pairing to win back my True Fan points.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_HurricaneSkyguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
Well, what are you waiting for? I'm typing anonymous hate mail for you as we speak, because of FEELINGS.

What would that name be, anyway? Does that exist yet? Hmm. Frobith. Sixer. Frobismith. WAISTCOAT BOYS.
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Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DTamers_BeautifulNightguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
There are a bunch of people who like what you like and you can post about it and five seconds later ten thousand people have reblogged you and made you feel special. Say something wrong, though, and ten thousand people are telling you to go kill yourself. It's such instant gratification and breeds insane, mob-like behaviour.

*GASP* Yes! That's exactly it! Brilliant way of describing the mob mentality there that can be as uplifting as it can be abruptly devastating. Maybe it's just that Tumblr exposes its users to more people, and so, inevitably, that includes mean people. There's some pretty harsh anon!hate there. Some of the things I've read being said to people make me wince.
The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIN: Merlin finds you weirdawanderingbard on November 4th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Yeah and anon is totally the crucial thing. People say whatever they want because it's anonymous. I have no idea what sort or satisfaction saying horrible things to people brings. I feel sick on people's behaves, I can't imagine sending something like that myself.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DTamers_BeautifulNightguardian_chaos on November 4th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I think a few people have found ways around the anonymity to figure out who's saying mean things to them, but most people haven't. IP trackers seem popular amidst those individuals there who like to shove the hate they receive back in people's faces. Seems like an awful lot of effort to put into something that shouldn't be happening, though. Just. Why try to ruin people's days like that? I don't get it, either. There are so many better reasons to become enraged than the ones that are acted upon at that site. O_o

That said, I seem to be in a fairly happy corner of Tumblr. People are pretty nice to each other there, or maybe they just don't publish the hate they get.
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