Tumblr… seems like a place where you can show off what a radical manic pixie dream human spirit creative such & such you are by showing off stuff you like, not stuff you made. Not your owns words, your own art. And that makes me uncomfortable.
…I write the stories I wish had already been written, I write the stories I wish I found when I was a teenager so maybe I could have struggled a little less, or maybe I could have had someone to relate to, or maybe I wouldn’t have made such a mess, or maybe I’d be able to clean up that mess faster. And when I write, I want it to be read, but more than that, I want you to write (or make whatever kind of art it is you like to make or want to make or talk about making but never get around to). I don’t want to see my fliers posted a thousand times on the internet; I want you to be inspired to MAKE YOUR OWN STUFF. Write your own stories, make your own fliers, use your own words, illustrate your own pictures. Don’t show me something you like, show me something you made."
Maranda Elizabeth - Make your own stuff.
a great article maranda wrote in response to yet another piece of their writing circulating uncredit on tumblr with thousands of notes. a nice reminder of the importance of credit and basic tumblr etiquette.
CRAP HOUND IS MY NEW FAVOURITE THING.
i hear this sentiment, i totally do. but my question is, why do we always have to have these conversations of zines vs. blogs/the internet? which is better, why? i don’t think they have to be diametrically opposed.
personally, i’ve been using the internet for just about as long as i’ve been reading zines. i mean just the other day i reblogged something that firesandswords had posted, and borninflames reblogged it and now it’s got like 1,400 notes. i mean, holy fuck! to think about that, that a radical zine that talks about privilege and race and heavy complicated but incredibly important shit, gets posted by a pretty cool person who mostly posts anarchist/political content ends up being shared by a fashion-centered tumblr and gets tons of exposure. in the course of a few days, tons of people, including many who might never come across this zine for any number of reasons, are exposed to this one zine. even if they just read that one page from one amazing zine, even if only a small percentage of the people who clicked “heart” took the time to click on the photo and read the original zine, i feel like that’s really awesome. that it is a step in the right direction. that someone might have just discovered zines for the first time, and might spend hours on zinelibrary.info. might go to the next zine fest in their town. i mean, they might just click “like” and leave it at that, but there is a chance it could instigate awesome, radical change in their lives. that it is a reminder of why i write on the internet.
i guess i’m just frustrated that lately i feel like i’ve been hearing a lot of internet/blog negative stuff and i think it’S more complicated that just falling into categories of “good” vs “bad” or even better vs. worse. i just feel like it’s too easy to romanticize the past (often simply because it is the past) and to write off the new (often simply because it is new). i’d like to get to a place where we can appreciate the significance and importance of both zines and blogs. that’s what i love about people like lookuplookup, patchthatsweater, hello-amber, they’ve all helped me realize a middle ground does exist and it’s a pretty awesome place to be.