After you’ve been around the block awhile, you see posts of folk complaining about online movements which devolve into meaninglessness.
It’s pretty easy to spot the symptoms at this point to not involve yourself:
- Conservatives/Right Wingers are blacklisted/wronged/banned from some industry.
- The people react, supporting said right wingers.
- People want more — they want an alternative, they look for a leader.
- A few semi-celebrity grifters come in, act as leaders to either get themselves awards and/or money.
- The grifters bleat endlessly about how the art must be “apolitical”.
- The grifters fight the right wingers and wrestle control of the movement, often warning about “extremism on both sides”.
- The right wingers get ostracized/blacklisted, thus negating the purpose of the movement to begin with.
- The grifters ride the movement until it dies.
I’ve seen it so many times now, and without putting my nose into something that doesn’t involve me, I’m seeing folk getting disillusioned again. This can serve as a handy cheat sheet for folk to not get duped. Just remember… this almost invariably happens with online movements.
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