I don’t think this point can be overstated honestly. Like, I know that the idea that someone doing essentially free promo work to a moderate audience of followers can get shitcanned like this is busted, and it’s a symptom of late stage capitalist bullshit. But I also know that myself and a lot of people live and die by their paychecks in jobs where stepping a toe out of line can equal termination. It’s horrible, and people need to be angry at the system and the people like ANet who perpetuate it. But its real easy to see why less… “”"“woke”""" people wouldn’t have the same thought.
Pivot to talking about 501 teachers dealing with 101 questions-- I’m weirdly reminded of how things work in creative fandom (i.e. the fandom of fic and art and such) where there is a strong etiquette rule that if the creator of a thing does not ask for constructive concrit, it’s extremely rude to off it, and is outright banned in many communities.
The idea being
- Unless you have commissioned that person or are otherwise paying them, you don’t get a say in their work, and
- You are often not in a position to fully understand their thought process and creative process, so your opinion is not useful.
Like… I’m unsure how I feel about applying that outside of niche creative spaces, but I do think there is merit in, barring instances of overtly hateful media that deserves the call out, the people who should be telling Price and others like her how to do her job are the people who have given her that job and are paying her.
For example, if I don’t like the… UI of a game, or whatever, I should not aim my ire at the UI Designer I looked up on LinkedIn and found their Twitter and now I can tell them how shit their work is. That’s bonkers. Any dubiously constructive concrit shouldn’t be aimed at the wage worker who is answering to a larger machine. If anything it should be aimed at the product as a whole, like by reviewing it or discussing it. When you get into the grandual names that you think are behind X or Y, you’re going to be attacking people who often have no control to fix this thing.
Regardless, I’m keeping an eye out on who responds to this debacle how, so I know where to spend my money in the future.