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Comicsgate is a nightmare tearing comics fandom apart — So what happens next?

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    1. Kijafa
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      I think it's because for a lot of people, there is a disconnect between what happens online and their real life. I their minds, the two are totally divorced. When really they're not. The internet...

      So many vocal nutjobs. So much hate. How in the hell did we get to this point? What happened to our society? It's such a mess.

      I think it's because for a lot of people, there is a disconnect between what happens online and their real life. I their minds, the two are totally divorced. When really they're not. The internet is real life now, which is the exact opposite of what I was led to believe when I started using online communities in the early 2000s.

      Kids today know that the internet is real, and what you do can have real repercussions. And those that are growing up with social networks already existing have a better handle on what an internet presence entails.

      So I think it's a learning and experience problem that will go away as older folks age out of the population. The worst vitriol and hate I have seen online has come from the over-40 crowd and as they phase out I imagine the internet ecosystem will change drastically.

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    2. nothis
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      I believe blaming „the social media“ for all ills in the world doesn’t quite cut it, either. There’s been waves of hatred before. This is mostly just a return of right-wing ideologies with young...

      I believe blaming „the social media“ for all ills in the world doesn’t quite cut it, either. There’s been waves of hatred before. This is mostly just a return of right-wing ideologies with young people. It‘s hip again. “No, it’s not your fault you can‘t find a girlfriend, it’s the feminists!“. “Oh, look, minorities have power now in university campuses and gentrified urban neighborhoods, time to fight back!

      Social media ist just the lens you see it through because that’s where we are now. Maybe it accelerated things. But mobs and right wing ideas aren’t just some inevitable symptom of social media. They’re just cheap ideas you can use to feel better about yourself without doing much.

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    I have been following a lot of the developments of the comics industry for some time, but this articles does a great job bringing together all of the different elements into one timeline. The...

    I have been following a lot of the developments of the comics industry for some time, but this articles does a great job bringing together all of the different elements into one timeline. The "milkshake incident" in particular was one of the most disgusting things I saw online last summer. The amount of hate directed to these women working at Marvel was just insane. All for daring to take a group picture together drinking some fucking milkshakes.

    Like video games, it really seems like these geek/nerd hobbies have a ton of growing up to do. No one is trying to take away your video games or comics or board games. Comics has long been a refuge for folks to escape, and when people grow up reading comics, they want to write stories that they identify with.

    One of my favorite, and most innovative, comics of the past few years has been Saga. It is a story of star-crossed lovers and parenting, but includes a wide-range of themes from drug abuse, domestic violence, loss, LGBT topics, and I think it has them all with a ton of care and respect. Not all comics need to be about white super heroes and I am really glad that the industry is bringing up a lot of new voices and stories.

    I am really glad that a lot of respected voices are finally stepping up to make it loud and clear that the online harassment and bigotry is not okay.

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