Wouldn’t it be ideal if posts on the forums would be judged first and foremost by the arguments and the merits of the ideas contained within?
I’ve heard reports that across various communities online, creating a new username and posting anonymously will always result in your contributions to any given thread being completely ignored. Is the online juggling community hardcore meritocratic and is that a bad thing? In the case of asking for technique advice I can see it being reassuring that whoever is giving you advice knows what they are talking about, but in general something like this might deter many would-be contributors from taking part in discussions.
I guess if you’re in the “in” group you would not notice things like these.
Would an anonymous juggling forum be a good thing?
I think that the internet already suffers from too much anonymity. I think it’s important for people to be responsible for the things they say/make. Unfortunately this leads to bias based on status and so forth. I think meritocracies are a good thing.
I actually believe the juggling comunity lacks anonymity. Jugglers usually watch a lot of videos, and they end up going to juggling conventions where they meet jugglers they had previously seen, and other jugglers have seen your work as well, and you have friends who are friends with jugglers from all around the world, so there’s a big chance you’ll end up at a dinner table with many of those guys. So I would say it’s kind a hard to go incognito.
According to 99% of youtube, facebook and reddit comments, all juggling videos and tricks are “awesome”, “cool” stuff” and “my chin has hit the ground”
According to my private conversations with jugglers, there’s much more discusion and criticism around the jugglers we like and dislike, and the reasons we have to not be very fond to a particular juggler or video.
If I, for instance, respect Wes Peden’s work (he seem’s like a total pro, and his skills are way beyhond my reach); I believe “Throw Joy” was the absolute best juggling video I’ve ever loved the most, but honestly, the “Gumball bonus tricks” video sucks!!! There was only one trick I liked.
Can I comment it and state my reasons on the network??
The answer is yes, but I would probably be labeled as Pedantic or Troll, be seen as envious, and my juggling skills would probably be seen less appealing, following the decrease of my social status.
Nowadays we can’t afford to be politically incorrect (or I would even say truly sincere) at any moment due to the fact that we have to manage carefully our social status and keep it up high.
I believe a little bit of anonymity would bring some bitterswetness and reallife emotions into the otherwise sterile social networks comments…
I think even rather mild critique on youtube videos is rather rare, indeed. I remember an instance in 2011, the construction of a prop I used in a video was critiqued, I’m definitely glad someone made that remark because the viewpoint was not really something that I thought would be a “thing” for the audience (jugglers in this case, I suppose). Also something I did was recently critiqued on the juggling memes facebook group. Perhaps the opportunity to use the cover of “it’s just a prank bro” when critiquing someone or something was refreshing for many, judging from the groups popularity.
If you think mild critiques of juggling videos on YouTube is rather rare, you should do the Top 40 Jugglers results video next year
I’d rather not! I suppose it is a legitimate counter point to what Bru posted, well, it’s not like we have anything beyond anecdotal evidence either way? But I also remember Wes getting some angry comments from disgruntled fans back when he first started at DOCH.