Pokecommunity does things to your brain (plus observations of Internet conformity)
by, 5th September 2008 at 10:38 AM (1091 Views)
Yes, I know. I'm going off on yet ANOTHER rant about Pokecommunity. I was planning to put this on the site's blogs, but then I realized that they were only for contributors. So I relegated the post here.
Initially, when I went in there, I said to myself that I wouldn't give a hoot if I got banned, because the people on there were just so bloody stupid. Apparently Yamato-San thought the same thing, and actually got himself banned. Funny, because he is never this angry on Serebii or Bulbagarden. Reading through his posts pre-ban, I can see he had the same problems many of us have when talking about the anime there, namely that the lot are ignoramuses that don't know jack about anything post-Johto (yes, even the mods, sadly; at least the mods here are open to the entire anime). Of course, I would be ticked too if a bunch of xenophobic dimwits ragged on me for using Japanese names and implied I was a troll just for having a contrarian opinion. He had the biggest opposition to the "forum line", and got the worst end of the stick for it. And he's not the only one that got into a fight there. Deadly Arbok (Lethal Carnivine here) got heck for countering the user yellowparrot's fairly rude comments.
It's interesting how the community primarily ganged up on him just for dissenting (okay, he did it in a rude way, but his points were valid). Supposedly the Internet is a place for people to show off their individuality, even stick it to the man, but the power of groupthink seems to overpower any individuals and breeds conformity among members, lest they be shunned by the greater community. Maybe this says something about the real world too. Maybe utopian ideals such as anarchism are just naturally doomed to fail because someone will always manage to gain power and control the rest of the populace through, as they called it in high school, "peer pressure". Maybe true individualism is an illusion that leaders exploit to give people a false sense of purpose(think of capitalism, for example; you can be an individual by buying the same things as everyone else). Eh, personally I'd rather stay true to myself and not give a damn about what the rest of the community thinks (within reasonable limits, of course), but human nature seems to hinder such attempts.
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