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Now kiddies, sit down. It’s time for Pollux’s funtime knowledge corner!
Today we’re going to talk about something called “The Vocal Minority”.
Lets say you got home with “Generic FPS 4: Special edition with more blood and and extra lag that we forgot to tell you about” and you want to kick the asses of strangers on the internet, rip off your shirt, and scream “I am man!” at the top of your lungs. (Don’t lie, you’ve done it before. I’m looking at you, ladies.)
Now you hop on, and while you’re waiting and people are filing into the room, chatting randomly, you notice that they all seem to be nice, sane people. You still want to kick their ass, but hey, it’s an ass you gotta respect too. So you’re there, respecting all the very polite ass you’re about to kick, when in comes the douchebag.
They’re not just some low grade douche who you can put in their place with a few select words, no, this is the deaf douchebag. They’re the asshole who had any semblance of shame removed long ago, and is now nothing but a quaking bundle of slurs and kitchen jokes, waiting to burst, and no amount of wit or logic will shut their face.
The majority of the room is still made up of wonderful, polite people who protect their teammates and try to strategize, but then there is that one guy who flings slurs at your mother you didn’t even know existed, he team kills, and he lives up to his name as “The Douchebag”.
Now with all this said and done, when one of your friends ask how the match went, you’re not going to remember all those perfect players who told you “good job” and who helped you out. No, you’re going to remember the douchebag, and he is going to taint your entire view of what happened. As far as your brain was concerned, there were no nice people. All there was, was this asshole who called your dad a “Chicken Faggot”.
This is the Vocal Minority. They are a small group of people, tucked away among the many who do nothing but stir up shit and taint your view of the group as a whole. They are so loud and irrational, that it overcomes their numbers, and drowns out the many. These are the religious extremist, the bigoted dickholes, the warmongers. It is a cyst on society as a whole and does not effect fandom alone.
But lets get back to the Homestuck fandom.
Now, at most the Vocal Minority of the Homestuck probably hits around 10%, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was less.
Seems like a small number, isn’t it? That’s just 10 people out of 100 who are frothing asshats. It probably looks like it shouldn’t be that small, there are so many dicks in the fandom, it must be a higher percentage. The problem with percentages is that as the number you’re picking from grows, so does the result. Suddenly those ten people are one hundred, and then a thousand, and then larger.
Now this is just a guesstimate, mixed with some information I remember hearing, so don’t hold me to this, but I’m going to peg the homestuck fandom somewhere in the 2,000,000 people range. To put that into perspective, that’s roughly the population of Houston Texas. There are about 90 countries with smaller populations.
With about 2 million people, that tiny 10% is suddenly 200,000 people. That’s about 50 countries smaller than that.
There are two hundred thousand people speaking for the fandom. 200,000 people who are weebs, and assholes, and just horrible people all around.
200,000 people out of 2,000,000 that make up the view of our fandom as bucket slinging, obnoxious, shitheads.
So next time you encounter someone like this, I want you to stop for a moment and step away if you can. Think about all the good that has come out of this fandom, amazing friends, good art, music, jokes, cosplays, anything you ever believed to be good. Think about the good things, and remind yourself that this person does not represent the whole.
And then walk away and be happy.
Because if you’re screaming about how the fandom is nothing but sexist, hypocritical assholes with only half a brain, and you’re going to leave, then you’re looking at the minority. And I hate to break it to you, but they’re everywhere, and if you focus only on them, you’re going to end up a very bitter person. -Pollux
(P.S. Sorry for the inappropriate tagging, but this is a point I really want people to see.)