As I engage in tweets and reblogs with other fans, I find myself SMH at the actions of others and I wonder if its the same in all fandoms? Is Scandal a unique experience? Do people simply lack the social training to know how they should act?
1. Unless you are looking for objectivity to weigh in your own opinions, why follow people you not only fiercely disagree with but LOOK for opportunities to tell them they are wrong?
(Note: I have people on my TL that I don’t always agree with. I want to see their opinion too. I think it keeps me objective. But unless they ask me my opinion , I’m not going to bust up their conversation with contradictory, unsavory remarks meant to make my thoughts appear superior to their own.)
2. Why jump in on an existing Twitter conversation simply to tell everyone they are wrong and spark a pointless debate that goes nowhere? ( Don’t get me wrong I enjoy lively discussions but some level of respect for the thoughts of others should come into play right?)
3. Why are your opinions spoken of in the definitive as if they are the only one’s that could be right? Are my opinions less valid now? None of us are experts, right?
4. Why shoot down my opinion, give yours and then disregard my counter-argument under the premise that the only opinions that really matter are the Creator and Writers?
5. Because I disagree with the Writers and Creator, have I become a non-fan? Am I disloyal? Should I be banished from the fandom and shamed into leaving the show entirely? Or am I allowed to think, reason and judge story lines for myself? Am I allowed to engage in critical thinking and come to conclusions that may disagree with yours?
6. Why does it matter what or who I watch for? Who I SHIP? As long as I stay in my lane and you remain in yours, shouldn’t we be able to co-exist without antagonizing each other?
Being in a fandom is certainly a different kind of experience.
Don’t mind me, I’m just ranting.