September 10th, 2012

The best thing about this whole series is that my editor actually called it “The Livejournal Trilogy


So, in case you missed it:

Part 1: The Demise of a Social Media Platform: Timeline of LiveJournal’s Decline;

Part 2: Keeping Track of a Fandom Diaspora; aaaaaaaand

Part 3: why we hate tumblr so much but keep using it anyway:

The pros and cons of fandom on Tumblr

For months, arguments about Tumblr have been circulating fandom like a looping GIF. Fandom is using Tumblr more than ever, but many fans hate what Tumblr is doing to fandom.

The argument boils down to two issues: communication and kinds of fanworks. Tumblr is an image-friendly site whose design doesn’t lend itself to text-based blogging and interaction. The emergence of a fan culture that accordingly pays less attention to textual engagement and one-on-one communication has many fans worried.

To help make sense of the debate, here’s a handy pros and cons list the Daily Dot compiled from fans and Tumblr users.

Read more at the Daily Dot, where we will continue to format all our posts in Semagic no matter how the posting interfaces of the internet get *cough* tumblr *cough* *fist of defiance*