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How the “miasma effect” can prevent staying chilly
Hey chilly fans, sorry for not being around to make posts, I’m a musician first and a blogger second and I gotta tell you making long, self-important posts about Chilling the Fuck Out takes a lot of time, energy and remembering to blog to the blog you want it to be blogged to. I’ve just come to address something that I noticed that happens a lot in the fandom-based world of the internet and it’s has to be avoided at all costs. I go by one principle: Once you notice something is fucked you can try to better it to become more chilly.
Alright, so there’s been some shit going down around which I’m not going to point to in this blog, but we have someone who has a legitimate problem with functioning on the internet as a creative guy. The ability to recognize what is trolling and what isn’t, as well as being open to suggestions even from those who may not be “qualified” I would get deeper in to that particular philosophical debate but that’s another show
GOOD EATS IS THE BEST SHOW EVER
I think we’ve gone over how the amount of popularity one has can really effect the way people view that person, to sum up: Once someone has a large following it becomes easier to remove the personhood from them and view them as just a *force* that creates/develops a following. This is part one of the halo effect where we can’t see that someone is actually probably an alright person just has been making some bad decisions as of late. The numbers attached to that name instantly make it so the negative qualities become very very easy to see, rather than anything else.
For the sake of argument, lets say that the popular person is being a bit less chilly about something than he or she should be and it’s cheesing people off, and making the friends that this person has really need to talk to the person in question so that maybe there can be some attitude adjustments (everyone needs them, including the mod of this blog so don’t think I’m talking on a high-horse here I’m just pointing this out)
and so there’s this negative miasma floating around the person.
Sidebar: in Human Resources there is a process called metrics by which one attempts to fairly measure non-quantitative aspect of an employee’s performance. One may think that a 1-5 choice (1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree) would be the most fair way… However, Human Resources professionals have found that sometime people who start with an aspect in a two number range will not leave that range through the entirety of the performance exam. This is called the “halo effect”
This relates to the popular person getting flak becuase what ends up happening is, in the miasma of distaste that surrounds them. What happens, then, is that people who hold the disdain for the popular person look for ways to prove to themselves and others that their disdain is justified. So, popular person makes a relatively innocent post throwing themselves out there to contribute to a creative work. The popular person gets flak for it becuase he is “taking advantage of a situation.” Now to be a bit unchill: that’s complete bullshit. If joeschmoe12 did the same thing, no one would give a flying fuck, but suddenly becuase of the miasma of negativity surrounding the popular person, it’s now a sin.
The miasma effect is subtle, douchy and assholish. Be aware of it when going about doing things becuase it can make you look like a dickhead, which is no bueno. Realize that while popular person may have some things to work on and you dislike that aspect of them: not everything that they do is going to to be exemplary of your disdain and only serves to further insulate them from any improvements to their character that could be made.
That’s enough for today, but remember:
WHEN IN DOUBT, CHILL THE FUCK OUT.