Privilege and the absence of contextJune 4, 2008
So one thing I’ve noticed in fandom, gamerdom, etc. Generally, the more privileged the person is, the less able they seem to put their hobby into context in interpretation or observation of it.
That’s both considering things within the hobby (“Come on, it’s just comics, who cares if women die more often? It’s part of the story.”) to the hobby as a whole (“Harry Potter books have -changed- the world! We can have world peace through better magic!” etc.)
I figure it’s probably because when you’re on the other side of it, you -have- to be able to read context. As fun as escapism is, you’re generally aware of how it mirrors, echoes and plays into the actual social hierarchy you’re dealing with. Meanwhile for folks who never have to deal with it, “it’s all good fun”.