every single day Tumblr grows and mutates into this parallel Puritan figure. This gross, writhing, accusation slinging nightmare, ready to rip to shreds anyone who dare not be exactly like them, not know exactly the same things as them, not accept every single thing…
Half the time Tumblr seems like this, the other half, incredibly open and accepting. I never know what I’ll see next on here.
There is a culture that exists here, as in any community. And this culture varies across the smaller tribes (if you will), much like it does within countries. Some pockets of blogs praise apathy, others productivity. In some areas, it’s better to simply reblog photos of pretty things with no comment, whereas other places only want certain colors. You may follow blogs specifically to keep your dash a certain way. But you have no control over what may show up, and you may accidentally end up in the “wrong” tribe one day, as people you follow shift tastes and/or experiment with their style.
Some parts of tumblr strive very hard to claim to be tolerant and open to everything, but when they begin to outcast those who are intolerant or perhaps only ignorant, they slowly become what they hate. It is likely not through a malevolent inclination; rather, in trying to protect themselves and their morals, they compromise themselves.
This is so very true. So basically when we find ourselves amongst strangers this holiday season, as we occasionally do when separated from our friends (say, at the mall), we should not panic but instead try and retrace our steps back to where we were when we first noticed we’d lost our tribe and happily continue along with them.