In result, I turned this whole thing into a ‘serious’ explanation rather than an essay, really. Lol it’s so ridiculous, I can’t see why anyone on here would take it seriously; but the point is, it’s under the cut, if you want to read it.
The website tumblr.com is filled with millions of people; importantly, teenagers to young adults. It’s a social network and a blog or website hosting site, where people come together to reblog pictures that appeal to them, discuss topics they only feel comfortable about talking about on the website, and so on. The website is often regarded as a safe haven, because while there are some terrible people in the online community of tumblr, there are also some very good people who talk to anyone and stay up past their bedtime if only to save another from suicidal tendencies. Unfortunately, there has been a little ‘war’ recently raging: hipsters versus fandoms. Hipsters are bloggers who reblog photography, pictures of couples, flowers, trees- so on and so forth. Beautiful things. Fandoms, on the other hand, blog about television shows or books- fandoms are online communities of people who are fans of the same things, often nerdy shows. The only thing is that while internet ‘trolls’- people who do or say certain things to no extent to get a rise out of others- exist in the hipster world, the fandoms have taken it to an all new extreme. While the majority of the website haven’t considered a legitimate war, some have, and some are bothered by such a thing.
The hipsters are considerably normal people these days, which ironic, considering their label and the way they claim to be far more original than most. Unfortunately, their vintage, ‘abnormal’ ways are widely used by hipsters these days. They are often criticized by fandom blogs for liking huge eyeglasses, reblogging ‘typical’ posts, and being unoriginal. Another fault of the hipsters is that they claim to be socially awkward, and while typing out ones feelings online isn’t direct social contact, it is social contact all the same so long as people are reading what they’ve written. They do have some points of their own that are incredibly valid, though. First off, fandoms have made it a game to ‘ruin’ any ‘hipster’ post they can find so long as they can find something that could slightly connect the post to one of their many fandoms- which is considerably rude to those who enjoy the picture greatly. If there is something ever so slightly serious among the hipster community, fandoms find the need to make it their own, and while that is understandable it’s terribly cruel. Hipsters have stated that fandom blogs act as if they are better in comparison to them because they would rather reblog British television show-related things or book related posts, which is true on many accounts. Worst of all? Hipsters aren’t allowed to have an opinion on books or tv shows or anything that the fandoms have a community formed around- the fandoms bloggers act as if hipsters are aliens and if they do have an opinion on any fandom they are often shot down. Some fandom blogs- very few- HAVE stated that it is the ‘bad’ side of the fandoms that do such things and constantly hate on ‘hipsters,’ but whether or not this is true, is hard to tell- as if it is true, much of the fandom blogs could be considered the ‘bad’ side of the fandoms.
The fandoms, on the other hand, are a mixed group of people of all kinds- nerds, pop culture devotees, and so on. They were not a very small all amount of people, ever, but a quieter one until recent years- the past two, anyway. They’ve come out of their holes on tumblr and into full bloom. They are a very accepting group when it comes to people who share their opinions… And a similar blog. Many have been legitimate nerds for quite a while now while some are obsessed with certain things for the faces, but they all come together on one thing: the plot of the books the read or shows they watch. They have secretly planned days for certain fandom related events (e.g. Mishapocalypse, where everyone involved changed their icons to the same picture of Misha then tried to pretend it didn’t happen) which are often very fun… But there are some who take these events and turn it into, “Let’s scare the hipsters!!!!!” days. Now, they have faults stated in the paragraph prior to, but they have valid points just as well. First off, the hipster blog runners tend to think poorly of the fandom blogs simply because they aren’t ‘quality’ blogs, which is rude. While judgment is inescapable in life, when someone has nothing to do with a person, they should stay away- as in, the hipsters should keep quiet about their hatred of ‘non quality’ blogs. There are some fandom blogs, even, who have suffered attacks from hipster blogs- while this isn’t necessarily a large occurrence, but it has happened, which is incredibly cruel. Another thing is that some ‘hipster’ blogs will steal edits created by certain fandom tumblr users and repost them in order to gain reblogs, which is rude and uncalled for. There has been judgment against fandoms from hipsters not only because of blogs, but instantly because when some hipsters see a fandom blog, they think the runner is a fat, ugly, disturbing creature that resembles Sméagol (which is something some fandom bloggers would take as a compliment.) Unfortunately, these people will attack because of the judged appearances without truly knowing or seeing the person.
Both hipsters and fandoms are at faults in the end. While they have points that are legitimate, they both have one negative thing in common: cyberbullying. While it may not be necessarily as serious as ‘homo-bashing’ or telling people to kill themselves, as much of the world has taken to when they find themselves ‘protected’ by a computer screen, it is still a form of it. Both sides poke fun and make cruel jokes about the other- one, not so much, but that won’t be stated as it would make the point of their cyberbullying ways inconsequential to the essay. In the end, the question is, which side is right about tumblr? Result: neither. Hipsters simply feel tumblr is about quality, while fandoms feel tumblr is about their worlds- and neither are technically right, as it is a matter of opinion.