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I've been having a rough time for a while now ending up with niche interests that few, if any, other people are interested in, and even less interested in them in the ways I am. It’s been difficult to tell if this is just coincidence and the natural ebb and flow of things, or if this is indicative of a cultural shift away from “dark” or “questionable” content--where I almost exclusively gravitate to.

That in combination with close friends having less time and energy (although for very real reasons) for creative things has been….very difficult.

It’s gotten very lonely, lately, if I’m honest. I try keep making works and yet interaction has dwindled significantly over the last few years. It’s difficult to tell if it’s just the nature of the spaces I’m in lately, being smaller than ones I’ve been in, in the past, or if there are simply dwindling options for the kind of content I like.

@thepiperofhameln I believe there are spaces for EVERYTHING online ... just maybe not in the more ... "traditional" web where you might be spending most of your time. What kind of "questionable", "dark" content are you creating?

@thepiperofhameln
I felt this exact way a year or so ago, and then I suddenly fell into a fandom that swept me off my feet. I find it more rewarding to be in smaller fandoms these days, even if there's less content, it's just nicer somehow.

@Brennuvargur That's good to hear. I have a feeling that this can't last indefinitely.

@thepiperofhameln
I'm sure it won't! I feel like as I get older I get more selective regarding the fandoms I get into, which might play into this.

I know it's not fun while you're going through that phase so I hope you find something good soon!

@thepiperofhameln For what it's worth I have NEVER in my 45+ years of life met another person who was interested in ANY of the same things I was into and certainly NONE that had the capacity to be interested in things on a deeper, spiritual, or even analytical way. In my opinion people have become ... dumber - or lets say they've become more incapable of independent thinking - as the collective Internet informs, influences, and "tells" them what they should and shouldn't enjoy or be into.

@thepiperofhameln I also have found people willfully abandoning niche interests in order to be part of groups - either in fandom or otherwise - in order to feel a part of a larger community of more "normal" tastes .... which is just unfortunate.

@TheWebRecluse Re: the let’s say “non-traditional” parts of the web--I certainly have found a niche in those places, and that may be where I have to relocate these days, I just have not found any that cross over well with ‘fandom’, unfortunately, which is half of what I’m interested in.

@TheWebRecluse I have also noticed the abandonment of niche interests in order to be a part of a bigger group. And also the functionality of the platforms people are using to amplify popular interests and obfuscate niche ones. I think that’s part of my frustrations in fandom content. (There’s so many big groups and so many reboots with little new content…)

@TheWebRecluse You’ve “have NEVER in 45+ years met another person who was interested in ANY of the same things you are into”? Really? If that’s true, I have to say that’s quite a feat.

And I can’t say whether people have become “dumber” than they used to be, but the way people engage with things does seem to be changing.

@thepiperofhameln LOL it's not much of a feat really ... I'm an easily dislikable and disagreeable person so that part makes it easy ... but also my tastes are ... unique ... certainly dark, sometimes questionable ... and the "normal" things I enjoy are just really not of interest to people because they're not popular or simply they don't have an appreciation for any kind of nuance in art. Most people are very mundane ... they like what others like ... they're influenced by the masses.

@thepiperofhameln I also don't generally enjoy the company of people who are "fans" of things I enjoy. I find fandom ... oppressive and obsessive and often incapable of any kind of analytical or intelligent discourse on the things they love so much. I appreciate and LIKE things but I'm not a big fan of them. When I find groups of people that DO share my interest in something, they're usually fanatics who suck all the beauty and interest out of whatever it is in how they smother it to death.

@thepiperofhameln

"the functionality of the platforms people are using to amplify popular interests and obfuscate niche ones."

THIS.

Agreed a gazillion percent.

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