But that’s not what I found notable about this. There’s something terrible lurking here.
Let’s nest some quotes.
“They also got rid of a bunch of female classes– there is no longer a female triathelete, for example, because equality is for 2002 I guess.”
You say “a bunch” and mention ONLY ONE, because female triathlete was the ONLY CLASS THEY REMOVED!
“…That’s 47 men and 32 women, meaning 33% more sprites are male, and the actual distribution of male/female in the game is much, much worse.”
Ratatouille has only one female character in it… is it sexist? NO! Colette is one of the most strong willed female characters ever! FOCUS ON QUALITY NOT QUANTITY!
So in other words, we can see they’re just snapping at everything they can snap at. Act comes back to the complaint about missing female classes, but that doesn’t matter and isn’t even mentioned. She gave an example, a really easy retort is to say that’s the only one, so that’s what’s done, even though their very next point is that it doesn’t matter if they removed one or all but one.
The entire thing is just that, snapping at every possible thing there is regardless of if it’s completely inconsistent. It’s at this point that one usually brings up points about arguing in bad faith, but – this didn’t even manage double digit notes. Half the people tagged commented back with that they don’t even know about Pokemon. If this is just an attempt at posturing and getting attention, they’re totally incompetent. Unspeakably, really, since this is on tumblr and not getting attention on tumblr may well be harder than getting it. It may be merely improbable but it sure is pushing impossible.
The more likely option, then, is that despite all the hallmarks of someone screaming just to get attention, this is sincere.
Get involved in arguments long enough, and you stop having any interest in the actual arguments. You’ve already talked and argued about SUBJECT. You’ve read lots of stuff that’s in favor of your side on SUBJECT and it all sounded really convincing. You’re sure your position on SUBJECT is right. You already know that anyone taking the opposite position on SUBJECT is wrong, so everything they say must be wrong, so why take the time to actually think about what they’re saying? It’s wrong. Those other times you wasted your time trying to actually read it, you ended up being able to work out how it was totally wrong or you could eventually dig up someone else explaining how it was totally wrong, so you know you were always right. And that’s so much work! Just skim until you see something that might be wrong, point and laugh/snarl, resume skim. You can’t not engage it, because it’s wrong, but you can’t muster the energy to read what it’s saying either, because it’s wrong.
This is really, really easy to let happen to you. (Tumblr may well be making it happen a lot faster than usual, but that’s a concern for another time.) And it’s the point where you don’t even care about what your own side even is any longer, just that you’re right and other people aren’t. And it’s not like you’re going to hit something that’ll make you rethink any of this, because that’d require actually reading whatever that might be.
It doesn’t even matter if you picked the right side by the end of it. Do you even remember what that is? Why it is?
Let’s all look at this and remember to disengage before this point. At the point you don’t want to even hear what stupid thing the other side things about SUBJECT, stop listening. Stop seeking it out. Stop frothing over it if you find it by accident. Stop. Come back to it later.
Because once you go down this sort of rabbit hole you won’t come back anytime soon.