Yes, well, rant…
Elitism of any form really makes me angry. Whether it’s people who think that new fans of bands aren’t real fans because they’ve only heard the newest album, which isn’t a representation of their good work, or people who snub you because your computer doesn’t have a 3d video card and 8million meg of ram, or people who tell you that you’re not a real musician because all you can do is sing, and anyone can sing, that doesn’t take talent, or people who look down on anything that isn’t up to their standards, even if it’s just done in fun, or people who look at websites designed by the regular population who doesn’t know how to do flash or fancy formatting or really impressive backgrounds so they use generic ones available on free websites, or anything else like that. Not only does having this sort of elitist attitude towards anything hurt the person who might be trying their best, or maybe just playing around, but it can also make them want to run away from what they were trying to do. I’ll never go into a singing career because singers aren’t real musicians and that’s the only thing I can do very well – maybe some people respect Britney or Christina Aguilara or Celine Dion for their singing abilities, but for the most part all I ever hear from real musicians and most of the people I know is about how they suck because all they do is sing, they don’t even write any of their own material, so they’re frauds. Why would I want to put myself through that? Why would I want to try a new game if I’m not really good at it? After all, I’ve played on plenty of CounterStrike servers where I was probably among the worst players there, but all that meant was I got targeted for smack talk. Ever wonder why I don’t play CS anymore? And heaven forbid I should try to design my own website… I’m the first to admit that my personal page is nothing special, and is actually pretty boring when you spend any time there. I’ll bet people don’t even bother reading the poetry and such there, after all, it’s not pretty to look at or anything.
The elitists would have me believe that because I’m not great at any of these things, I shouldn’t even bother trying. I’ve been told outright to quit playing CS because I’m not very good at it, and I ignored it til I just couldn’t ignore it anymore, and just quit playing… it wasn’t worth the stress. I let Jay do all of the design at Mental Fragments because I have no sense of colour and visual style… I guess that means I should just abandon my personal site too. I almost tried out for chorus in Les Miserables once… I went downtown, I stood in the line with hundreds of other people, and then I ran. Never even signed up for it. After all, I’m not really a performer, and besides, I can’t dance, and it’s not like my lifetime greatest dream would be to be part of a Les Miz performance (okay, so when I was 15 I wanted to be Eponine, but that’s besides the point…) I couldn’t do it because I wasn’t a real performer, I didn’t have a list of things I had been in, I didn’t have a nice black & white portfolio picture to go with it, so I didn’t deserve to be there – I wasn’t one of them, so I didn’t deserve to be among them. I take photos, I have a couple of cameras and I carry them around with me everywhere – but they would tell me that I don’t deserve to own anything beyond a point-and-shoot because I don’t know how to develop my own film, I don’t actually have any filters or lenses besides the regular 50mm (which is dented) and I only know what I’ve figured out on my own about photography – oh, and I don’t have the nerve to take pictures of people who either aren’t paying attention or who don’t want their photos taken, and I can’t take pictures of anyone’s pain, ever. That’s what makes a good photograph, right? Sobbing outside of columbine high school, that sort of thing. How dare I post my photos on the web and say I’m a photographer?
Ever think that maybe, once upon a time, they weren’t professional, they weren’t amazing guitarists or songwriters, they weren’t great at that game, they had an entire roll of mediocre pictures, they didn’t know what they were doing with HTML? Whatever happened to encouraging people who were new at something, rather than cutting them down either to their faces or behind their backs? Why can’t people have patience, or maybe just understand that not everyone is as good at something as they are?
I wish condescending wasn’t a tone of voice.
And I’m sorry if small things amuse me.