Not everyone is on the same page. That is a problem or at least it seems to be causing problems or creating the perception of a problem. During any given week you'll find a host of issues, from the controversial to mundane. Status update troll to the left of me, offended group to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with a bunch of people who are going to make fun of each other for loving a movie put out by a great distro company. Stuck in the middle with a bunch of people who want to form a lynch mob (insert cause here).
Our community, our horror community, is not perfect, and the members there of are capable of making mistakes. Mistakes... you've made them, and I've made them and usually somewhere in that process we hurt others. We do not try to purposely hurt others. That is not love. We also recognize when someone has hurt us, the horror community, we need to remember that beyond the internet and the conventions and the movies and the obsessions, we are individuals who make mistakes. These mistakes can be the product of people who are in pain for any reason, who fail for any reason, these are people who need our help more. It's not always easy, and I'm not going to pretend to be holier than thou. I've not been the forgiving saint who apologizes, accepts apologies or has forgiven freely and without condition, but I'd like to think that that's the goal. To love the individuals in the community and help them and BE a community, a horror community. We have work to do, and it starts now.
You can judge a society or a community by how it treats its weakest members. You can say that as many ways as it has been said throughout time. You can quote them all. You can also take that to heart when we decide to cast the stones, to create scapegoats, teardown idols, victimize, enforce doctrine, create acts of hate that stem from roots outside of the very thing that creates community. How should you be treating people in the horror community? You wanna place labels and blame and assign penalties? Maybe you just want to subvert your intentions; glamorize your personal cause and slide people under your wheels in an effort to support a specific, selfish agenda. That is not community. That is not the horror community. The horror community should be reaching out to people who are in obvious need of help or guidance or a friend. We have enough enemies outside the community from petty government regulatory bodies across the globe to zealots enforcing their Hell upon us before we're even in the ground. We do not need hate inside the community.
First steps. Simply be aware of what you're doing and your intentions. Think about the potential impact of your actions and words. There is no need to push anyone's face into the ground or drive anyone out or create demons from good people who may make mistakes. Not everyone has to "pay" for something. We do not need to play executioner. We should play brother or sister to these people. We have enough Carmody's (from the Mist). You don't need to be one.
Each of us has done something to regret, and some of us get called out on it and some of us suffer intensely for it. That being the case let's show some compassion. Let's figure out a better way to communicate our issues and let's stop creating acts of hate that do not make us a community, but rather tear us apart. Maybe it's time to stop with the sewing circles and try a hand at forgiving and developing real relationships with the people (who are real people with feelings and fallible) who comprise this horror community. Let's be better to each other... starting now.
- Dr. TERROR
Note: Every writer I have ever known has, at one point in their career, failed to use a footnote or an endnote or a bibliography entry. On purpose. Accidental. Every blogger I have known has used an image from the internet without getting permission from the copyright holder or embedded a YouTube clip that was uploaded illegally . Regardless or intent... malicious or not. Most writers I have met do not get compensated monetarily for their work, but rather are compensated in other tangible or intangible ways. Most get paid, just not cash on the barrelhead. It is paranoia to believe that the community takes the actions of any one of us and applies it to us all. No one is out to get you or your cause. Artists create images based on other images for which they have not been granted permission to use, not in parody or for fun, but for profit.
Maybe it's best to try to help out these community members or realize that we are imperfect and sometimes that's okay and sometimes we need to help others realize that being imperfect is just as important as being right or just or creating consequence and punishment.