hotcha wrote:The insulting part is the claim that i am being mindlessly manipulated into buying worthless nostalgia. If that wasn't the message, then I don't know what it was. And the problem with that claim is that it fails to acknowledge that someone might have good reason for liking this shirt. It's just a few shirt.woot crusaders who seem to have this issue.
To reach this first sentence you have, you are blending together two sentences that are neither content nor spatially related. You're also personalizing a general statement about a broad range of people. I mean, a general observation is "A majority of Americans are overweight." I, as an American, can't feel insulted because I'm not overweight.
"If you're here to get fairly mindless nostalgia pieces, congratulations, you've found another good one.
's been more than adequately demonstrated by "Me-too birds flee a pander tree" that the community here is rather predictable and easy to manipulate."
Those were the original statements in full context. These two were separated into two paragraphs, and the second came before the first. The second sentence, as I said earlier, is fairly accurate. I listed examples of this. As a designer, if you can do something fairly witty with cute things, anime things, or stick figures, you'll probably get a print. Another thing is designs that look like they could be done in less than an hour. A lot of recent derby winners hold true to this.
The first sentence also holds true. There's not a lot artistically or creatively challenging about throwing a gaming controller on a shirt or something that closely resembles a famous scene or other thing. To put it in another way, a nostalgia piece can get a print for the artist being the first to think of putting the design on a shirt, as opposed to thinking of a design AND putting it on a shirt.
As I've argued above, DF did this in his own style, but that doesn't really change things.
Like I said, if you feel personally insulted, fine, but you'd have to be reading into those statements quite a bit. You'd also have to be implicitly agreeing with the statements of those general observations. I think they're accurate, but if you think they're accurate as well and opting yourself into them applying to you, it's not really insulting. Going back to my earlier example, that'd be like me BEING an overweight American and then being insulted by the general statement that "Most Americans are overweight."