You have it in fandoms, social justice blogs, the trans* community, the art community and basically anyplace left to look. In real life religious groups, gangs, and political parties practice groupthink.
How do you find it?
Well if you see a post that has comments or messages like, “So-and-so isn’t a blank because of this” or “If you don’t reblog this post you have no heart” and maybe, “Your opinion doesn’t count so I’m calling it hate, here spam this person”
Why is this group ideology is bad? Well there is a phrase from somewhere that says, ‘A person isn’t stupid, people are’. That phrase is at the core of mob mentality, the bandwagon effect/fallacy, peer pressure and many different ideologies that describe why and what happens when people want to belong and fit in so the will grasp onto an idea.
And this is fine but some people on tumblr take that too far. That is where the pit falls of groupthink come to play. People let their identification and labels within a group cloud their reasoning and logic abilities because they have dozens of other people in the group affirming that they are correct and that the outsides opinion is wrong.
Groupthink is based of off emotions so that is why many members of a group on here respond with such malice because you are questioning their identity the most important thing to a human besides the sense of belonging.
This kind of thinking abolishes the need for the other members or newer ones to find their own ideas. Partly because the group already has them laid out in hug lists of blog posts and because if your opinion does not match you will no longer be in that community.
Okay those are my thoughts on the current state of tumblr. I’d be happy to hear your comments and your own thoughts. Be warned I’m just a random 18 year old with no idea of psychology or sociology ..or grammar.
Plus, being in a community where everyone just agrees and agrees and agrees lets people oversimplify issues to ridiculous levels, and then they think that their arguments are valid when they’re really just a bunch of catch phrases and in-group assumptions, and then they go out in the real world and actually have to argue against someone who isn’t in the exact same community as them, and they wonder why all their arguments are falling apart. Then they just get frustrated and pouty.
I really don’t get the “i must only listen to people who believe the same as me” mentality. If you don’t actually LOOK at what people on the other side are saying, how can you even hope to argue against them? It’s like building a house without ever testing it for any structural flaws, and then getting mad when it collapses your first day moving things in. —I have heard grown adult Christians argue that it’s stupid to think humans came from monkeys, since monkeys are still around—and when they’re told that that’s not actually what Evolution says (we came from a common ancestor, not monkeys themselves), they just bumble and stutter. They didn’t listen to what their opposition was saying, they just listened to each other. The same thing happens on the left, just a total non-understanding of what the right is actually arguing on certain issues.
And if you’re not paying attention to what the other side is actually saying, you can be damn sure they’re paying attention to your arguments. And when you meet one of those people, they are going to make you look and feel very very stupid, whether they’re right or not.
Edit: I also don’t understand why, when you point out someone’s argument is weak, they get superfuckingdefensive about it, like you’re attacking them. If I agree with your point, but your argument for it sucks, I’m going to tell you that your argument is weak. Because if you’re out there arguing for a cause I agree with, but you’re doing it with an argument that can easily be laughed/shrugged off or disproven, you’re just hurting a cause I care about. —When you tell someone their argument doesn’t hold up well, they always start acting like you disagree with their point, instead of their way of getting there. It’s like yelling at an auto mechanic for telling you that your car isn’t going to make it into town without a fix-up.