I don't have much time to follow the impact my media presence has, but it seems other people – particularly creepy, stalkerish people do. From them I learn a lot of shit, get tips for trolling and other stuff.
Likewise, today another my followers dug up this: - [link]
I avoid Tumblr like the plague. I've made an account there a few years ago when I was banned or someshit, but I'm a conservative person and I really don't like having a shitton of online platforms to work on. Ain't nobody got time for dat. Aint nobody with a full-time job I mean, which explains why a lot of dA artists also have a heavy presence on that blogging site. In the time where I first attempted to make a blog there to the present moment, this LJ-wannabe venture turned into the best internet hugbox for the poor, oppressed OWS-inclined hipsters.
Whatever. So of course, I took a look at the link, and giggled a bit. Sure enough, I'm quite aware that all these people and names popping up in the "recent visitors" panel all the time belong to such whiners. They post on my frontpage the heartbreaking "OMG I LURVS UR ART BUT UR A ST00PID NATZI I HATE UR ASS". That's nothing new and nothing particularly surprising.
It's absolutely fine to connect the artists personality to the art he or she produces, and have that influence your perception. I'd be a hypocrite if I said I'm somehow different in that regard – after I learned that Larry Wachowski chopped off his peen and now celebrates trannies as Lara Wachowski, I doubt I'd ever see "The Matrix" again. And I loved that movie. Well, no more – it's forever marred by the fact it's made by a Polish dude with fake tits. I'm not ashamed of saying it.
But anyhow. This isn't about that. It's about "edginess", which is being repeated in that cute little tumblr post all the time like a chewed-up tape.
People throw the "edgy" at me all the time, perhaps in hopes I'd react to it and start yelling that I'm not.
Well no. I'm edgy alright, in more dimension that one, those on dA who know me a bit closer, can attest to that. I'm not only edgy, not only a sinner in that regard, but I'm also REBELLIOUS. OMG. What an affront to the society. Punks not dead, fyi.
Ahahah. So. Edgy. I started to think about why people try to use it like an insult, like an undermining of someones views. How come the same people that say, put the Christian Cross in a jar of piss and call it art don't get called "edgy"? How come people who fake mental illnesses and proclaim they have bipolar disorder with a violent alter-ego are not edgy? And if the Holy Grail, the Homosex, is so looked down upon THE MAN AND SOCIETY, how come all those ass-crawlers from the pro-gay-rights movement aren't negatively "edgy?"
Oh right. Because this is "permitted protest".
A strange shift somehow befell the Western society. Suddenly, being "uncomfortable" for others was no longer cool. Punks are actually dead, their image taken by antifa hacks and fashionistas. The "IN" thing, what all the cool kids are after, is being complacent and whiney. They do protest, but their protest is only focused on supporting those things the government had marked as "acceptable". They protest against the rich – but not against Apple. They demand rights for gays and POCs (People of Crap), but they don't give a shit about anyone else. Feminism, social justice – this protest movement is SANCTIONED. It's comfortable and complacent.
It's totally NOT edgy, because those involved in it have no teeth, and just suck cock with their flabby drooly mouths.
I think TakiMag's Gavin McInnes in his "The Myth of Shock Value" said it best - [link]"The shock-value accusation assumes you have appointed yourself provocateur and then take the opposite position of everyone else merely to be difficult" he points out in his essay. "The assumption that someone is saying something merely to get a rise out of someone else is so boring it makes me want to cry. The same goes for the assumption that someone is only spouting an opinion because he's paid to say it."
He continues: "Libertarians are constantly accused of sucking the Koch dick, but if your opinions are so flaccid that anyone can buy them, nobody's going to listen. If someone was so inclined to pretend to be someone they're not, they'd become an actor or a salesman. Being offensive isn't lucrative. It'll lose you clients, cost you your job, and even suck you into a soul-crushing lawsuit".
And, a final nail in the coffin : "A contrarian isn't someone who randomly chooses the opposite position. He's someone who doesn't shy away when the facts bring him to an unpopular place".
Doesn't shy away. Yes, that's correct.
However, McInness misses one vital aspect he, as a Westerner, cannot fully grasp when vivisecting the opposition to unpopular opinions and shocking ides, to the "edgy" stuff. This aspect is discreditation, one that has been used wildly in the Soviet Union, and that truely rings of "cultural marxist" tendrils creeping up.
This whole "you're just edgy and rebellious, your opinions are therefore irrelevant" is eerily similair to the USSR tactic of denouncing the regime's opponents as clinically insane. Compare this:
"Oh, you're a racist? Wow you're just edgy, you're saying this for shock-value and you're opinions can't be hold up as valid, now, go and sit in ostracization" with "Oh, so you don't agree with the Party? You must be insane, you're saying this because you suffer from depression and personality disorders, now go and sit in this clinic".
Calling someone edgy and rebellious is a tactic used to discredit and defame their opinions, make the laughable if they aren't. Unlike the Soviet tactic, it's more insidious, because it marks a person as an immature follower, someone who choose an opposing position because they wanted attention.
They wave this finger at you "oh you, edgy fucker. You better stop it, or we put you in real jail for this childish bullshit you dare spout". And they do. They put us sexy edgy motherfuckers to jail just for the opinion, the word, and the art. Don't believe me? Well, there's this - [link]
So, what's not "real" about that? What's not real about having an opinion and worldview outside the political correctness cesspool? None of those previously mentioned un-rebellious hipsters risk jobs or their lives when they pronounce their support of gay marriage or women rights, no vegans risk bodily integrity when they oppose animal slaughter, no angry black women get lynched by white supremacists for blog posts – the worst they face is rape by their "bruuuuthas",
This is all cultural warfare aimed to emasculate people. Express your maleness? Mysoginist. Express your assertiveness? Tough guy. Express a relative truth? Edgy insane shock-value drone.
In this frame, the only real people are limpwristed effiminate dickheads and raging college cunts, because they whine shy-ly and burp under their breath.
Also, another mating call of un-edgy hipster is "you're immature". Well fuck you, I am. I didn't know that maturity is expressed through worldview, I thought it was more about stuff like holding a polite conversation without yelling "CHEESEMONKEYS" and not peeing your pants, and not throwing a tantrum when you don't get enough money from your boss. But suddenly, maturity is measured by what kind of political agenda you subscribe to. Wonders of the world.
I can honestly say that I'm immature, because like with most people, my psyche had stopped it's formation around 17 years of age, and that's the age of when most people in most countries don't even get to buy alcohol legally.
But wait, there's more where that came from. The most interesting thing is the media. Because, I'm sorry, you non-conformist-conformist-non-people, but folks working in the media, artists included, have to be edgy, or if not, then YOU shouldn't whine that modern television is all Honey Boo-Boo and non scathing political commentary.
A media figure that's not edgy better not exist. If I'm edgy, I have Hunter S. Thompson's coked-up ghost standing beside me shooting his .45. And he HATED Nazis. But he still had the guts to tell shit as it came straight of out his mind, ready to get his ass handed to him for it.
You? Well, I don't know who stands next to you. Trayvon Martin? Pfthaha.
It has balls to stand up to something, and all the eunuchs get jealous.
To sum it up, knives are edgy. And you know what's totally not edgy? What's round and smooth?
A dildo. A fake phallus. A vibrator.
As a journalist, my job is to ram up people's arses. What I came to realize, it's better if you ram up people's asses as a knife and not a dildo.
It's better for both your career and dignity.
So, don't be a dildo.
Stay frosty and be edgy.