Friday, November 16, 2012

The Discussion Continues

This debate about girls who cosplay and the men who claim to keep the gates to the geek mantle is apparently continuing on a few different websites. It surprising to me that it's taken off like it has, but reading over the discussions has given me some words I've been grasping for on the "real geek" argument, and about identity arguments in general.

That blog will come later though. Right now, I actually got some net downvotes for contributing to one of these discussions. As I'm not a troll, I didn't really expect that. I guess next time I'll either adjust my message to make it more effective, make sure I'm saying something that contributes more to the discussion at hand, or admit that somewhere along the line I was wrong and subsequently reevaluate my views.

...or I guess I could throw a giant hissy fit and claim everyone's too stupid and corrupt to understand my genius. It seems like that would cheat me out of personal growth without actually changing the results, but damn, it'll feel great until my next foray into a comments section.


Delta said...

Comments section! ick.

"Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread"

Next time you are feeling foolish at least take this. It can provide cover or ,at the very least, cheer you up after such an encounter.

SkilTao said...

What's satisfying, effective and appropriate would obviously depend on the circumstances and the community and your place in the community... and obviously, calling people out is not the ideal way to address their squawking.

But when you're invested in a community it may eventually become necessary.

PS: nigh-identical post deleted because photobucket linked the wrong thing.
PPS: Delta, I think you've found the one single lolcat that doesn't give intentionally bad advice on this topic.

VanVelding said...

*cough* tagged "politics" *cough* *cough*

SkilTao said...

*cough* am no awareness of current events *cough*

PPPS: relevant to identity arguments. May be direction opposite where you're taking this though.

VanVelding said...

Nonono. I think you're on to something here, sir.