Why do so many people these days tie their sense of self-worth to fictional media? - The phenomenon of consooming man children

Casshern

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There's a weird ordeal in nerd culture where you can make friends with someone through being fans of a franchise, really get along great, and then have them act like you're betraying them when you're disappointed in the next thing from the franchise, or even if you're just drifting off onto another thing.
I blame things like this on modern fandoms. Used to, you could happily enjoy any and all media, now though, similar to politics, you have to toe the line and hope your opinions on the series match with the group consensus, and you can only like that specific thing forever. If not? People won't like you and won't see you as a true and honest fan.
 

(______)

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There have always been people who are born followers. They have no hobbies or activities to develop personalities around so they have to identify with entertainment or religion (or a cult) or simply exist for their job (though workaholics can be married to skilled work as well).
Now you have actual children all over 4chan and reddit and twitter talking about how great their cartoons are and the adults who don't realize they've grown up latch on too because they get a quick dopamine hit every time they praise one of the shows and everyone upvotes them and buys them those paypig reddit awards.
 

Fromtheblackdepths

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There have always been people who are born followers. They have no hobbies or activities to develop personalities around so they have to identify with entertainment or religion (or a cult) or simply exist for their job (though workaholics can be married to skilled work as well).
Now you have actual children all over 4chan and reddit and twitter talking about how great their cartoons are and the adults who don't realize they've grown up latch on too because they get a quick dopamine hit every time they praise one of the shows and everyone upvotes them and buys them those paypig reddit awards.
And those kids reply with "OK Boomer" you rightfully tell them this shit.
 

Drain Todger

Unhinged Doomsayer
True & Honest Fan
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It's because people are shallow as shit, OP. You ever walk out of a movie theater and overhear members of the audience who've picked up the accent of the characters? Maybe adopted a few of their mannerisms or even their entire walk? It's because there's nothing in their head. They're an empty vessel. The media goes in, gets digested and regurgitated, and hollow blather comes out.

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Fromtheblackdepths

A Pelagic Horror Arrives
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It's because people are shallow as shit, OP. You ever walk out of a movie theater and overhear members of the audience who've picked up the accent of the characters? Maybe adopted a few of their mannerisms or even their entire walk? It's because there's nothing in their head. They're an empty vessel. The media goes in, gets digested and regurgitated, and hollow blather comes out.

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Tim Buckley

Suffering
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Yeah, they should tie their self-worth with REAL LIFE characters, this world and their agents had quickly become more cartoonish, unintentionally funny and in some rare cases inspiring than most of the shitty shows and films anyway.
 

Tanti-Fanti

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You see too many people connect their self worth to these projects not just out of immaturity but to find twisted a sense of belonging. Learning to hate certain things that align with your worldview in fictional media is easy. It's also easy to claim these things are part of the reason why you're a victim. Using real world examples requires effort and is much harder to justify because it's real people with thoughts, emotions, etc.. It's not all black and white. There are no easy answers. However, fiction allows for interpretations and many stories are purposely laid out to lead to a conclusion. In a way, you have people who like this because it's easier to conform their worldviews to what already confirms their biases. As a result, you have people who easily claim to speak as if they know the intentions of the creators and assume the worst of them for their own benefit.

In the end, it's really just people not being able to come to terms with the fact that they can't feel like they belong unless they attach themselves to something that makes them feel better about themselves. Hating a creator, series, or any form of media is easy. It's even easier to go and make ""callout"" posts about why "x" is problematic in media for clout
 
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