can I please not have to worry about responsibilities and just spend the rest of my life drawing cute cat girls please and thank
RIP IN PIECES
A gift for my friend, Zed!!
dispassionate one-line text post regarding popular fandom
expression of disbelief and awe at the arrival of a message so soon after publication of dispassionate one-line text post regarding popular fandom
I still want shorter hair. : /
nope can’t male this early in the morning
*nopes out of here*
drew lily-n-tumblr b/c cute
There’s always those few people who you drifted apart from for one reason or another. There are always those relationships that are much more resilient to this, that can effortlessly survive months of no contact, but others are far more fragile.
Some it was just gradual, drifting off, while others you distanced yourself, or they from you for whatever reason, but either way you still kinda want them in your life but passing by them every now and then just tells you it’s not going to happen. There’s no animosity. You kinda just go back to being strangers.
Something that kids, Tumblr, and kids on Tumblr are very bad at understanding is something called ‘Media Literacy’. (Note I will call you a kid all the way up til you’re 20-something. By extension I’m still one myself.)
Media literacy is, in summary, the ability to understand the effects of the various portrayals in media and their affect on you, being able to call them out, and even still being able to enjoy works that have aspects that may otherwise be uncomfortable.
It’s easier to explain via examples rather than textbook definitions. For instance: say a story contains rape in it. If you’re media literate, you’ll be able to figure out if the rape is relevant to the plot, if it’s handled well, or if it’s just the author having a little perverted fantasy. What happens then is up to you—so long as it’s a conscious choice, even if it’s the case of the latter and you still elect to enjoy it, it’s one based out of media literacy due to the understanding, not the action itself.
This is why someone can read and enjoy an erotic comic without actually supporting the notions inside the comic. It’s not that the literate are unaffected by the media—on the contrary, everyone is affected by media, the literate are just better aware of how it affects them and know how to compensate or adjust for such. “If it can be observed, it can be controlled.”
Meanwhile, as another example, someone who’s media illiterate would, without hesitation, brand something like Bioshock Infinite as racist simply because it did nothing to hide the early racism and atrocities of the era it was set in.
This is why writing a sexually harassing character, even in a comedic sense, doesn’t make a person a sex offender, why enjoying the most violent aspects of a violent video game doesn’t make a person a murderer, why voice acting dirty humor doesn’t make someone a slut, or why satirizing racist organizations doesn’t make someone a racist (here’s to you, Colbert).
That’s not to say that media literate individuals are immune to things like triggers or discomfort due to certain themes. But, at the same time, being able to recognize controversial or afflicting themes can be a powerful tool in helping to grapple with triggers and even overcome them, and they often can even enjoy media despite the fact they contain triggering elements in them. And, even if they don’t, they’re usually a lot more realistic with how it affects both them and others.
(And honestly, part of the reason why tumblr is so fucking terrible when it comes to media literacy is the high-brow sense of moral absolutionism that runs rampant on this site, but that’s another topic.)