Saturday, 17 November 2012
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Xanga is one of the few social networks that can be properly called a social network. You can be yourself and write about any topic, post any picture, or even upload any video you would like. With browsing through other people's pages and letting others look into yours, you would actually meet other people that you would have never done so otherwise. Through my own various incarnations and usernames as a xangan, I have met people from parts of the US (and even the world) whom I would never would thought I would meet. These people themselves have given me an insight about other things in life that I would never have known about had I not been on xanga. I speak for myself, but think I can also speak for lots of others.
Ever since my first xanga account 3 years ago, there has been talk about xanga being in decline. Some blame the lack of advertisement. Some blame it on money. Some blame xanga's somewhat outdated format.
My perspective as to why xanga is declining is simply this: some xangans are ruining this site for others.
Xanga, as any other place in the internet, is place where one can express oneself and one's opinions. Just as human beings differ, so do their opinions. We have liberals and we have conservatives, we have people who profess a religion and people who don't, there those who take a pro-life stance and those who believe in pro-choice, and so on and so forth.
However, there are those hold certain views and take it personally if someone freely expresses a differing opinion. Some people take it personally that you live your life the way you would like. Those people do not have the maturity to simply click on a different page, to work on their own blog, or to even get off the internet start living their own lives. That's why we have drama on here. That's why we have xangans who waste their time telling others how they should as if the whole entire universe depends on them. These people don't know how to live and let live.
As a result, we have people who put themselves on friends lock, not blog for many months or years, or simply close their accounts. As a result, you see same 20 or so bloggers on the front page. Very few people people want to write and everyone is too afraid of attracting trouble just because they're being themselves. Nobody talks to each other anymore and this place is turning into a ghost town.
The problem is, we need to do what we can to foster an environment of diversity. We need to find ways to encourage more people to freely express themselves no matter what views they hold. We, ourselves, have to make this site safe and open for many people to be themselves. Censoring others is simply further xanga's decline. If we encourage everyone to write, we shall soon see improvements.
Here's what I have to say about the haters out there:
Guess what. Who gives a shit about some stupid trolls? Who gives a shit if some xangan has a grudge against you? Never censor yourself and write as you'd like. Someone out there would appreciate what you have say because someone in this world has to say it. If someone is going to spend even a minute of their time trolling your page or even thinking hateful and condescending things about you, then they obviously have nothing going on in their lives.
Trolls like them should be pitied.
Write and write to your heart's content. It's what you should do because it's what you wanted to do.