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April 2017

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uh-huh, soi fong, ......

I can't find the proper words in Chinese for this, so I'm writing it in English.

As online fandoms lower their entry-barriers and become increasingly anonymous (depersonalized) / democratic (decentralized), their participants also become less likely to cultivate interpersonal relationships and socially/emotionally invest in the greater circles. Instead of using fandom as a place to express creativity (however juvenile) and find fulfillment (emotional or otherwise), what I have seen in these days in the Chinese fandom circles is that people are increasingly using it as a place to vent negativity.

I'm not saying people have been "corrupted" and turned nasty by the new platforms of social media. I'm saying that due to the new social media platforms on which fandoms operate, it's so much easier to be nasty to other people. And Lord knows, we are only human. When we don't have to care about the consequences of our actions because everything is replaceable, it's that much more tempting to just let go of the internal controls and let the claws come out.
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