So yeah, this may or may not be inflammatory, may or may not be wrong or right but the key thing here is to facilitate discussion and to hear opinions. You may or may not agree with someone’s opinion but that doesn’t matter. What matters is that you listen (or read, depending on your inclinations or pure dumb luck as to what land on your dash) closely to their opinion, give your opinion, come to an agreement (or just plain disagree, it’s okay to!) and leave the world at peace. Please.
And I do apologize, this is going to be a long, long post.
Preamble: Involvement in nerdfighteria is voluntary. It’s their lives, not yours. This may (WILL) be repeated throughout post.
I stumbled across this blog called nerdfighterfighter (and subsequently, nerdfighterhate) and I thought I was hallucinating. Because I do that a lot and sometimes my brain does this thing where I double things up even when I’m not supposed to. Anyway, it’s basically a hate blog and a blog dedicated to listing the horrible, stupid things about nerdfighteria and the Vlogbrothers.
I don’t know where I stand on this issue. I don’t because I want to respect the opinions of the critics but I also want to defend nerdfighteria, a community I’ve only been part of for a short time but have come to love. I will probably always be a bit of purely specatator nerdfighter but what John and Hank do entertains me and I will support that entertainment for as long as I can.
Flattered. Thanks for tuning in.
A thing I will and have tire(d) of repeating is that in simple terms, this blog is fun for me to maintain for now, because I’m curious as to where my anti-nerdfighter feelings originate from. It was this or knitting, and to be honest, I’m no Dumbledore (re: I don’t love knitting patterns).
I agree that much of this is nitpicky, which is what makes it so gosh darn fun. Some of it is just snark and/or joke-ish bits, and that’s all nice too. It would be kind of hard to make a blog of repeating my list of deep-seated grievances each day, so I usually settle with an erreur du jour (or de la semaine), which some days you do have to work at.
One thing I DISAGREE STRONGLY with, is the oft-repeated sentiment that IGNORANCE is the proper response to something that irks you. I firmly believe that when you come up against something that rubs you wrong or that you disagree with you should NOT run in the other direction, but examine WHY you have this reaction, and what it means to you as a human being. Not that examining why nerdfighteria is personally irksome to me is of vital importance to the WORLD AT LARGE, but I don’t think I should be asked to ignore any social group without questioning why I don’t wish to partake of it first. (As an atheist, I do enjoy me some church sermons.) Extending this line of thought, should I as a liberal-minded individual ignore what Republicans have to say? As an atheist, should I ignore Christains? Is this even possible in our country?
Connecting the dots for you, should I as a Harry Potter/Star Trek/other fandom nerdish bookworm youtube type ignore nerdfighteria as an entity? Is this even possible?
I don’t have such strong feelings about their merchandizing their little venture, except when their merchandise is clearly benefiting from work other than their own, but I don’t quite support the idea that their vlogging venture, as is, deserves to be financially supported.
My main beef with their personalities is when they come off as overly pleased with themselves and the world they’ve created, without putting into perspective what they actually do. That’s a personal and petty problem, and I own up to that.
My main beef with nerdfighters is far more multifaceted, and harder to pinpoint to one precise origin. Hence, the continued interest (been involved since 2007, so half of this is pure habit).
(and one p.s. is that I don’t think either of us have had anything bad to say about Esther. I don’t know her, I never really watched her videos, or if I did, they didn’t leave much of an impression on me, but I’m not out to rub salt in anyone’s wounds. All I think we’ve said is how pathetic John distancing Hazel from Esther is and how much one particular wand looks like a penis, which is what all wants are begging to be read as, anyway. I’m sorry if you find penises offensive, or if the idea of distantly involving a dead person in a comment about a sexual organ unbearable to you. I’ve run into this odd asexuality of dead people before, and I have to say, I don’t fully understand it.)