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It's so sad

At my new job (which I'll talk about some other time), one of the things I need to do is get familiar with Twitch. I created an account last week, and one of the first things I discovered was that the channel TwitchPresents was planning to stream all of the classic episodes starting Jan 7! So I'm here working with DW streaming in the background - currently I'm listening to "The Enemy of the World".

They scheduled the day's streaming to start at 10 a.m., so I logged in and found that they have a 15-minute pause before things start. So I watched the chat. Within five minutes, the entire thing devolved into people spouting hate: I hate the Xth Doctor, I hate season X, writer X is the worst, actor X is the worst, etc. And then the people responding: people who hate X are stupid, I don't see how anyone can like X, etc. It was toxic. Considering it's a fandom based on a show espousing love of change, understanding, and tolerance, it was exactly the opposite. It was so sad.

There was one thing that was great to see, though. One person said that DW was getting too political. (Actually, more than one person, as the sentiment was stated multiple times during the 15 minutes.) The replies? "DW has always been political. It's just that when you were watching the classic show at eight years old, you didn't know that politics even existed and didn't recognize them." Another person said, "Really?? Have you seen 'The Green Death'?" Very nice.


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Jan. 9th, 2019 04:39 am (UTC)
Ughhh, people :'(
Jan. 9th, 2019 04:45 pm (UTC)
You know, it got a lot better once the episode started. Then everyone was focused on watching. Especially during "The Web of Fear" and they were all excited to see Nicholas Courtney. (There were lots of jokes like, "Hey, that colonel guy is really good. I like him. I hope he comes back for more episodes.") It's just that when there isn't anything to catch their attention, people sink into this black hole of negativity. (Or, as my husband thinks, they simply just want attention and complaining is the easiest way to get it.)
Jan. 10th, 2019 05:24 am (UTC)
Thank goodness!

I'd say you both have a point...
Jan. 10th, 2019 01:40 am (UTC)
My husband and I watched some of this but fullscreened it and did not look at the chat (not that I would have wanted to). Yikes. I've only seen One episodes spottily and mostly long in the past, so it was interesting. Definitely a leisurely pace but actually it was kind of relaxing and refreshing - I often feel like modern episodes are increasingly thrill-ridey, like, many things are thrown at you all at once and then it's over in just a couple of minutes. (of course I'm sure what is really happening is that I'm getting older :P )
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