A lot of the people on 4chan will act like unapologetic assholes, but at least they’re not self-righteous about it. And, if shown legitimate proof of something, (based on what I’ve seen) they’ll usually accept it, whereas Tumblr prefers to pass around bogus statistics, and cling to emotional pleas, rather than logic.
4chan often behaves like idiots, but they’re aware that they’re behaving like idiots. That’s the whole point. People go there to be anonymous assholes on purpose. Meanwhile, Tumblr is filled with bullies and rejects that think they’re doing the world a goddamn favor by acting like snide, entitled little shit mongers.
4chan will call you a “faggot” regardless of gender/sexual identity, which appears to be generally understood to the point where no one even gives a shit anymore.
Tumblr becomes irrationally outraged when you somehow don’t already magically know the “preferred pronouns” of someone you hadn’t even heard of before, even when these “pronouns” are complete crocks of shit like “bunself”, or “princesself”. They then become indignant if you don’t fall to your knees and cater to every last one of their demented little demands, and treat them like the extra special little snowflake that they think they are.
4chan fields obvious inflammatory comments with relative ease, simply by dismissing them as stupid, humoring them for a laugh, or ignoring them from the start. When vitriol does happen, at least it’s mostly reserved to two morons having a witless tennis match of words while everyone else goads them on for the sake of entertainment.
Tumblr takes every goddamn thing as though it’s deadly fucking serious, to the point where people are afraid to voice their opinions on their favorite cookies, lest it somehow “offends” someone.
4chan will bust your nuts until you can prove a claim you’ve made.
Tumblr will gladly make viral the “news” that the sky has suddenly turned neon green, and is raining Nickelodeon Gak - if there’s enough of an emotional, impassioned plea to do so. Especially if they claim their “child” or “younger sibling” saw (and was upset by) this “incident”.
If you like something, and express it, 4chan will tell you it’s terrible just to piss you off.
Do this on Tumblr, and someone will claim you’re “oppressing them” simply because they don’t happen to like it. Then, through emotional manipulation, they try to spread the mindset that you’re somehow “scum” just for enjoying something that they don’t.
While I wouldn’t recommend it as a place to go to “have fun”, 4chan has actually become more welcoming than tumblr at this point.
And that’s just fucking sad.
Respectful disagreement here. While I agree that the social structure of Tumblr and its post format generally favor emotional appeals over reasoning and rational discussion (and how there’s considerable ramifications for that), 4Chan is hardly a forgiving, welcoming place.
Not going to claim to be a 4Chan expert, but they’ve absolutely never had a history or reputation of changing their mind when given persuasive evidence. 4Chan is a place of closed-mindedness. The anonymity gives absolutely no reason to save face or concede anything, no reason to admit wrongness. No reputation to uphold, no long-term consequences, no worries.
The problem with 4Chan’s unapologetic xenophobia, bigotry, slurs, and general apathy to human suffering is essentially Poe’s Law. Not everyone who posts horrible things about people do so jokingly. It’s a place where bigots and assholes can find company among others shouting what they want to hear. A joking community of dicks to some is racist normativism to others. When given the comparison to Tumblr, would you rather have a community that breeds ideologies of extreme levels of tolerance and consideration for the needs of the wronged, or mindsets of extreme levels of disdain and exclusivity?
As for which is more accepting? Yes, Tumblr has been personified by their hypocritical vocal minority of those preaching their hatred of white, straight males. Go to nearly any board on 4Chan and so much as off-handedly mention yourself as female, and people will drop everything to request you upload pictures of your breasts to them. Jokesters with nothing to lose, or scumbags who genuinely consider women as sexual objects? Likely both.
Lastly, to say Tumblr breeds bullies is debatable. But there’s no question that 4Chan excels in making bullying integral to their culture, their identity. They relish the misery of others, especially the weak - such targets are the most hilarious victims to them. The “it’s just a joke” excuse is about as effective here as with real-life bullying.
But ultimately, our opinions are simply going to side with just how much of each website we’ve been exposed to. Tenaflyviper admits that their claim of 4Chan being accepting of new evidence is based on personal experiences. And as Anon suggested in their question, it’s ridiculous to claim that every user on each site is dumb. Really, it’s hard to say just how much of Tumblr or 4Chan is “stupid” when we can only see so much of each, and confirmation bias suggests we’ll simply continue to pay attention to and remember what confirms our expectations. Hell, I’ve never been on Twitter, but I already have a poor impression of it, having known about this counter of how many times gay slurs are used there.
If you think Tumblr’s stupid based on what you’ve heard and seen, you’re going to think Tumblr’s stupid. I just wanted to touch on some points that I felt were left out. Thanks for reading!
This was such a well written argument that I really want to feature it on this blog because for some odd reason this post it keeps getting notes.