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Um, hello. I remember you from that whole Junjou debate and I really admire how you took on all of them. I'm sort of having an internet debate right now and while I kinda sound really firm about my points I'm actually scared shitless from the anonymous attention I'm getting AND IT'S ONLY FROM ONE PERSON. If it's not too much to ask, please shower me with your Wise Words of Wisdom of internet debate oh mighty Faps-sama
It can be overwhelming and frustrating…but it can be a lot of fun too!
I’m no professional or anything but I’ll give you some advice, that I’ll hope will help.
Responding in general:
- Take your time. There’s nothing wrong with a topic firing you up, as long as you can control it and it doesn’t make you behave rashly. Sometimes I’ll rattle off my initial response to an ask, but not publish it. I wait until I’ve settled down to come back and double check it.
- If you’re getting really frustrated. Relax. You don’t need to respond to everything right away. Spend a day away from debating if you need it.
- If you’re getting a lot of asks about something you’ve explained in detail already you can either just refer to where you explained it or not respond. Despite appearance I did not respond to every single ask during that debate for this reason.
- You don’t need to respond if there’s no material in the anon ask to debate with. If it’s just insults, or telling you you’re wrong with nothing to back it up. I also have deleted a bunch of these. (Though I’m bad and like to snark at these from time to time.)
- Do your best to avoid insulting the anon. (I’ll admit I slip up with this a bunch.) You want this to be a debate, not just a “Your momma” contest.
- Stay on topic, and make sure the anon you’re debating does so too.
- Use as many examples as you can while avoiding anecdotal evidence. Link to legit sources if you can.
- Avoid argument fallacies.
- Do your best to listen to their side of the story. Try to see where they’re coming from, and if something they say makes sense to you…let it make sense. Don’t blow it off just because they’re not on your side.
- Don’t be afraid to admit you made a mistake or that the anon has some good points.
I hope that helps! If you need more specific information feel free to let me know.
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I feel like this video is a good summary of the constant terror that internet creative types live in, and is important for said creative types as well as folks who consume creative content created by others to consider.
do you think umineko is a story about forgiving abusers?
that’s not the way i would personally frame it - i think it is clear that one of umineko’s no. 1 thematic projects is exploring the mindsets of bad people who do bad things, and examining why they do those things and how they often stem from personal experiences or pain. and i would say it puts forth the idea that “understanding” in that sense can work towards diluting hatred, and moving on without “continuing the cycle.” there are some ways i honestly love that theme - a friend on tumblr mentioned once that umineko actually gave them hope in a strange way, because it provided insight that oftentimes even though bad people exist, that people who do genuinely terrible things exist, they’re still human beings who can be understood.
i also think that theme is valuable in terms of sort of—“checking myself,” if that makes any sense? battler’s crimes, which stem from basic ignorance and self-centeredness, are given huge focus, and those are “crimes” that any of us can commit (and we can hope that we take them as well as battler eventually did) - but in exploring rosa’s mindset so intimately, and the way she justifies herself to herself, even though i’m fairly sure i haven’t done anything as outright awful as rosa, i can still recognize shades of myself and my own thinking patterns in there. when i’m in a bad, resentful, self-pitying place. the same with eva, and even sometimes with kinzo. so that’s also something that’s valuable to me.
but there are some ways i feel wary of the way ryukishi can push it too far—eva and ange’s portrayal in ep8 made me really, really uncomfortable, for example, and i’m speaking as someone who was touched/affected by the introduction of “eva tried to love ange at first” in the witch’s tanabata. ryukishi’s works are the strongest in this sense to me when they’re relatively open about confronting the reader with the ugliness of what a character has done, exploring a mindset that allowed it, and then basically asking the readers about how they’ll respond to it. i actually really appreciate that yes, yasu for example outright intended to do a fucking terrible, horrific thing, for her own sake, but the story still “challenges” us in the sense of asking if we can sympathize with her. i think it’s the same with the characters who are guilty of abuse, like eva, rosa, and kinzo.
i’m not as comfortable when it feels like umineko skirts the line of “hahaha but you don’t know that happened so maybe they didn’t do anything wrong at all!” (will forever side-eye ryukishi about some of his interview comments regarding kinzo) and, yes, the question of that “response” is a completely personal thing that everyone needs to and has the right to decide for themselves. there are times when i’ve felt that ryukishi found a certain character’s actions basically forgivable, where i absolutely did not. i’m in a place where i usually feel okay “disagreeing” with ryukishi, but there’s also nothing remotely wrong with someone’s response or feelings if they feel the narrative went too easy on certain characters in ways that were personally upsetting to them.
(although for me, probably the one ryukishi work that made me outright rage in terms of FORGIVENESS!!! though was higanbana’s second chapter! all of the NOPE and actual disgust there - and that’s probably partially informed by the idea of stalking/being watched/terrorized in that way being a huge HAHAHAHA NOPE thing for me personally)
but i think umineko is a lot of ways ryukishi coming up with - or exploring - his own answer to the question he posed at the end of meakashi: the question of whether you could sympathize with shion, or rather, if you were going to be murdered, if there was any kind of murderer that you would be able to forgive. higurashi ends up softening the blow of a lot of the characters’ terrible actions through the hinamizawa syndrome, but umineko went the route of exploring all kinds of terrible people and terrible actions. but even though there are times when i think it missteps very badly, i do think umineko at least tries to place more of an emphasis on “understanding” in a relatively neutral way, as opposed to being in that place of the most important question is if we decide/judge as readers CAN THIS PERSON BE FORGIVEN OR NOT YES/NO.
i mean, umineko at its deepest core is about exploring the feelings, suffering, and pain of a mass murderer, whose mass murder plans included terrorizing her victims before they died, killing pretty unrelated people and killing a child who unconditionally trusted her, for basically self-centered reasons. it doesn’t shy away from that, and i actually appreciate it for going all-out with it! it personally is obviously sympathetic to her. i’m obviously incredibly sympathetic to her, and personally would forgive her - but “understanding” this mass murderer, and the other terrible people in umineko like those who abuse others, would be more of what i’d say umineko’s intent is, as opposed to necessarily “forgiving.” ryukishi has said that those actions are “of course unforgivable,” even though his enormous sympathy for their circumstances is obvious, but it’s like that’s sort of beside the point of what he’s trying to explore. but i can understand being troubled if sometimes it feels like those lines become too blurred.