This week has been a tough one in the Whedon camp. Joss quit Twitter under motives that became questionable after he remained silent about it initially. Then the flaming troll hate made him speak out on the true reason. Now, more people are calling his reason lame, and nothing more than a poor excuse. It’s even caused some debate among the contributors here.
The breakdown: Joss states he left Twitter because it became a hinderance to him. He claimed he was addicted to keeping up with his feed and notifications. He further stated that the troll hate was distracting in that aspect, but was balanced by the love he received by fans. He even admitted that the positive feedback was almost more damaging to his creativity. I mean, isn’t proving someone wrong a great motivator? So, Joss quit cold turkey. I think that takes more courage than sticking it out.
Now, if you’ve read my previous work (If you haven’t, shame! Go read them now!), you will know I’m a fan. More than that, I understand the creative mindset. I’m no creative genius, but I do have an active mind that does not easily quiet, nor will it focus amid distractions. Did I mention we are both redheads and prone to passionate obsession over minutia… so, yeah I kind of get his sudden all-encompassing attachment to Twitter followed by an equally sudden and silent disconnect. I’ve been there many a time.
People are quick to shed hate towards anything that seems counterpoint to their opinion. Many are calling Joss fearful and cowardice for leaving. They think he has forever altered the preceptions of himself. They believe he should have “stuck it out” or “spoken up.” The problem with that logic, is that not everyone is able to process such intense activity in the same manner or on the same timeline. Everyone handles situations differently. It’s a simple fact of behavior: our cultures and backgrounds design our conflict resolution styles. So. his way may not be your way. Even if he IS hiding from the masses as he works on his next creative project, why does it matter? He’s created some fantastic intellectual property over the years. Let him work. I miss him on Twitter, but he was a rather new convert to the social media platform. I think he just voted no. Isn’t that his right?
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