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So over the last week, I've pretty much taken to Tumblr like Ruki taking to blippy-bloopy things. (I don't think I've listened to any album start to finish but Division since it came out, by the way). It's definitely addictive. "Look, pretty things! And MORE pretty things! And MORE pretty things!" (And occasional GIFs from hardcore gay porn, which have made me very careful about where I look at Tumblr. Whoops!)

There's something I find very disturbing about it, though. I've seen post after post with statements like "I really hate myself," or "Nobody cares," or poems romanticizing suicide. What's even more disturbing is when I see posts like that have 2,000 reblogs.

Look, I know that Tumblr is full of teenagers - with the inevitable EVERYTHING IS THE END OF THE WORLD. But still - seeing this kind of thing over and over and over? Yeah, it's depressing. And I'm wondering if the very nature of Tumblr - very little personal connection with followers, everything just pictures and short statements - helps contribute to it.

When I first got involved in fandom, I felt alone and lonely too, like I was the only person who was "like me" in the world. And then, I connected with other fans and geeks - through Internet media which, back then, required people to actually TALK to each other. It changed my life.

Someone lost and searching who's involved in a medium where people COMMUNICATE is going to feel better about herself, because she knows she's got people she can reach out to. Someone involved in a medium that involves little or no communication? Not so much. (This is why I try to reblog suicide prevention messages and offers to help the desperate whenever I see themn).

So, yeah, Tumblr - a lot of fun, and I like that if you look at your archive, you end up with a mosaic that looks like you. But I really hope it doesn't completely replace full-communication services like LJ - for everyone's sake.

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wnb_angel
Sep. 30th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I've noticed the amount of suicidal things as well, even before I started tumbler when I was just browsing trough it for pics and stuff.

And it is very impersonal (one of the reasons why I waited for a long time before actually making one) and like you, I hope people won't stop using LJ.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, I waited a long time before making one, too. I caved because I was going to all these GazettE and Alice Nine-related Tumblrs anyway, so I figured I might as well have my own to store the pictures I liked on. (Plus, most of the people I know in the J-rock fandoms have one).

I hope people don't stop using LJ, either - there's something to be said for good, old-fashioned in-depth discussion, whether of fandom matters or personal things.
golden_kimono
Sep. 30th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I don't see suicide messages that often, though that's probably because I rarely look further than my dashboard. >.>; I do see them occasionally, though, along with pro-ana stuff. >_<

I love Tumblr, but I also love LJ, and I don't understand why people are leaving one for the other. :( LJ is a good place to make friends, in my opinion. Real friends, not just fandom friends.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
Deserting one service for the other just plain does NOT make sense. They both fulfill individual needs - LJ for discussion, Tumblr for images. Discussion is a huge part of fandom, and always has been.

You're right in that real friendships result from LJ and similar services. I met my very best friend of more than a decade on the Sailor Moon groups at Usenet. (Scary when you think about it!)
gaussianblur89
Sep. 30th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
I don't get this trend of leaving thing X for thing Y. I see it in lolita, in jrock and in what sites you use. I don't get why you can't use and enjoy multiple things simultaneously.

About Tumblr. It's fun and kinda addictive, but not as addictive as I thought it'd be to be honest. :'D And I'm thankful for it, because I already spend a butt load of time on the comp lol.. XD
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:37 am (UTC)
Leaving X for Y is a silly concept. Like all the people saying they are leaving J-rock for K-pop. Why can't you enjoy both? And why leave LJ for Tumblr when they meet different needs?

I've been spending more time on Tumblr than I thought I would when I first got it, but I think I'd spend a whole lot less if there was a way to view your whole dashboard in a series of quick thumbnails like viewing your archive. That way, you could just glance at it and say, "Reblogging this, reblogging that, now back to LJ."
gaussianblur89
Oct. 1st, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sad so many of my friends have deserted their Ljs and moved to different parts of the internet, mainly twitter and facebook. I don't use facebook, for I just... have some weird hate for it and its tentaclels. I feel left out and kinda separated because they can't use things simultaneously, and at the same time I feel old-fashioned and late to the party, for I "cling" onto this thing everyone else is abandoning. :''D I see it a lot in jrock as well. I know taste and preference changes throughout your life and it's something I can't change in others. I just find it kinda sad, because I still like the things I liked when I was 16.
And as many has said before me, Lj feels more intimate and personal. :3

Woaaah, wall of text. 8D
Ahem. I shall go back and reblog shit, for everyone's viewing pleasure.
ldybastet
Sep. 30th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
Tumblr is sort of fun... but I'm not really addicted. I started using it as a place to host images, to be honest, one of the many times when LJ was completely down and its Scrapbook along with it.

I never look for things using the tags though, I just follow a few ppl, and enjoy the mix of stuff (mostly Gazeboys) I get on my dash, but even then, yeah, I see those emo poems and snatches of lyrics, and the sad, suicidal lines written across Gazeboy pics... and it makes me sad. I mean, I've been depressed most of my life and had my share of suicidal thoughts, but this is just so depressing! It's never about getting one's own difficult emotions out, just reblogging someone else's words. :( I doubt it gives relief, and fear that it only makes the depressed feeling worse.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:46 am (UTC)
That's the thing. What they're doing isn't cathartic. It isn't coming from THEM. It's just pushing someone else's words out there again and again, and you're right - that's not a help to someone who's suffering. That's what's so sad about it - you're watching someone stuck in an endless loop of suffering.

Sounds like you got a Tunmblr for pretty much the same reasons I got a Dreamwidth - because of LJ phail. Every once in awhile, I back up my LJ to DW in case LJ ever collapses entirely and takes my fics with it.
ldybastet
Oct. 1st, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
Recycling other people's depressing and depressed words, and never getting your own out... :( Urgh.

Yep! I originally moved to Dreamwidth for LJ fail reasons too, but I like it lots over there, but fandom is so tiny. But there's nothing to stop me from having fun in two places! Or three! :D GazettE fandom on DW is tiny and feels intimate and like a bunch of friends hanging out in my living room, while Gazefandom on LJ is larger and therefore a lot more anonymous. It's hard to really get to know people, even though I love talking to them... I still miss a real Gaze discussion or general squee comm.
skittypoohbear
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh! I found you on tumblr and I followed you. My tumblr is NyapppyCandyHolic

Yeah some teenagers are like that.
puss_nd_boots
Oct. 1st, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
I will be following you back! (Ha, I'm glad so many people are managing to find me!)
skittypoohbear
Oct. 1st, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Okie Dokie~

Hey I dont suppose you could be talked into doing a Reno (ViViD) x Uruha fanfic?
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