Let’s Talk Tumblr

Did you just have an emotional reaction to a “t”? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Tumblr, oh man. It’s a wild wild world out there in the internet. To an outsider, Tumblr is a world of SJWs self-identifying as unicorns, but that’s a (mostly) incorrect assumption propagated by people who don’t really know what it’s about. Now, let’s be clear here–I don’t really know what it’s about either but I’m at least pretty sure it’s not about that.

Basically, Tumblr is to girls what Reddit is to guys. “What’s Reddit?” you ask, or more likely, “I’m vaguely familiar with Reddit but not enough to actually get what you mean with that comparison please enlighten me oh wise one.” Well, if you want to use language like that I’ll be happy to oblige.

People on the internet form strange subcultures. Reddit is one of those subcultures. Okay, more accurately, Reddit is a breeding ground for those subcultures to develop. So-called subreddits divide “redditors” into a countless smaller communities split into their own interests. Want a community of people who are extremely politically incorrect? There’s a subreddit for that. Want a community of people who love the sensation of things fitting perfectly into other things? There’s a subreddit for that too–and it’s not pornography.

Tumblr is a bit of a different animal. Instead of many different weird communities being connected by the big weirdness that is Reddit, with Tumblr you need to know who you want to follow in advance. It’s much like Twitter in the sense that you follow individuals rather than communities. But that’s not to say communities don’t form.

The average Tumblr-er (Tumblee? Tumblrr?) tends towards political correctness, respect towards gender fluidity, and the demographic tends to be females from teenagers to young adults. Reddit in many ways seems like a social opposite–there are a lot more right-leaners (though it’s still about 50/50 on the political spectrum). After all, it does say a lot that the posts on the front page of Reddit–the front page of the self-proclaimed “Front Page of the Internet”–get around the same attention as the Donald Trump subreddit.

Tumblr I am rather new to, but it favors more of a passing scrolling situation. If you like something you can like it, if you really like it you can put it on your blog. I don’t really have a point here, I’m just saying it’s interesting how vastly different these microcosms have evolved.

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