One awful trend I see anime content creators fall into over and over is focusing on proving themselves “right” instead of focusing on achieving the best outcome possible.

People who are working to prove themselves right will work hard finding evidence for why they’re right. They’ll go to the ends of the earth to disagree with someone who has another idea. Everything becomes about their stance being correct.

These otherwise well-intentioned creatives are all carving the same terrible mark with their content, pushing opportunity for new perspectives and potential growth away by simply being stubborn.

They want to be right. They see being right as how they prove their worth. The best outcome was their content being right. Because …

If they weren’t right, then what were they? Wrong?

But …  they couldn’t be wrong. Their egos won’t let them.

Other people? They could be wrong. But not them.

It’s a little silly thinking given how subjective the vast majority of content that’s produced by ani-tubers and ani-bloggers ends up being, but this thought process still pops up nonetheless.

Nobody wants to think of their opinion on anime as “wrong.” Nobody wants to create “wrong” content.

So ultimately being “right” becomes the sought after outcome. Having your opinion being overwhelmingly celebrated than scorned to the extent that you feel comfortable in perceiving yourself as correct.

That’s what’s desired. That’s often what people consider the best outcome for themselves.

I worked toward achieving the best outcome I came up with myself and not the best outcome that was possible.

For the longest time, I thought that if the winning idea wasn’t my idea, then I’d be nothing. I thought no one would see me as valuable. No one would see me as insightful. People would think I wasn’t adding value. And worse, I’d see myself as not contributing.

I’ve never been so wrong.

I had so much of my identity wrapped up in being “right” during that time that I was blind to how the community really works. I was acting delusional — I worked toward achieving the best outcome I came up with myself and not the best outcome that was possible.

At Seasonal Prattle, one of our principles is that we work with the community as it really is, not as we want it to be. My desire to be right reflected how I wanted the community to work, not how it actually worked.

The most important lesson I’ve learned from being a content creator is that the more I give up trying to be right, the better the outcomes get for everyone. I don’t care about stubbornly holding to my opinion, creating waves of content to “defend why I’m right” or why those around me or just plain wrong on a given topic. I care about creating the best win-win outcomes I can.

5 thoughts to “On Anime Content Creators Being Right

  • Owningmatt93

    I’ve seen this mindset in a few of the larger anime content creators that I follow, and I think it’s one of the largest problems with their content. I obviously can’t tell them how to do their own content as it’s their work, but I definitely agree with what you’re saying.

    Most of the issue here isn’t even that they think their viewpoint is right, but their viewpoint is presented as an “ultimatum” to their audience. And sure, their thoughts may be their *own* ultimatum on a particular topic or show, but when it’s presented to a viewer-base or audience as that’s the “right” way to think, then it becomes a problem. I realize some content creators style their works around this (the Youtube-sphere being particularly to blame), but I think it’s not the best stylistic choice for a few reasons. One, simply that there’s usually multiple ways to think about things, as you said, and two, this idea continues to follow through the way audiences view things as well. If they watch a creator present their “right” viewpoint, then they will also only think there are two ways to view things: “right”, or “wrong.

    This is especially problematic when evaluating media, and while I completely think it’s fine to have a personal opinion on a topic, it’s also important to keep an open mind as you present your ideas. There are lots of voices out there that may be accepting of other ideas, but may frame their created content as the “right” solution or “answer”, deliberately using stronger and more direct language to present that idea in order to assure that they are 100% committed to this viewpoint because of it being the “right” one.

    Having open discussions instead of making a solid point is something I appreciate from all content creators, because yeah, sometimes we’re wrong (hell, sometimes I *know* I’m wrong, but will release content anyway because I find it to be an interesting take).

    Overall, I just think more people should aim to have “discussions” instead of “making their point”.

    I’m glad that you wrote this article, as it’s something I’ve noticed in the community for a while.

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    • Prattle

      Well said from top to bottom. I agree with Irina down below, this was a great comment with plenty of truth behind it.

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  • Irina

    I hope you appreciate the irony of this but I think your wrong! Or rather I think a nuance needs to be introduced. Like Owningmatt93 (great comment by the way) I feel there is real value in conversation or even productive debate.

    There’s nothing inherently bad about having a position and being passionate about it. And if you can actually defend it logically, it could be very interesting for everyone to hear those points. Even if no one changes their mind and no one actually ends up “right” or “wrong”, the simple conversation is its own reward.

    I realize that this is more or less what you and Owningmatt93 have been saying but I would like to really emphasize that there is also a real tendency for content creators to just go, “well to each his own” and leave it at that without ever explaining or defending a position. In my opinion we’re losing out on that end too.

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    • Prattle

      I do appreciate the irony and I’ll actually take it one step further and agree with you. There is nothing wrong with being passionate about your position, but there’s a fine line between passion and stubborn that one should be aware of. If a position is presented in the context you described here (logically) then I’m with you, there’s certainly value to be had in the conversation alone.

      On your last paragraph: I also agree, not explaining or defending a position at all can be just as bad as blindly clinging to one and being closed off to other perspectives.

      Solid comment Irina

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    • Owningmatt93

      Glad you liked it, although I feel your comment was better, if simply because we’re basically on the same page with yours being much shorter 😛

      I definitely appreciate your more nuanced take on what I was saying though, and I agree with you, especially on your last paragraph. I’ve heard creators just say “well, this is what I think, and you can think differently and that’s fine, but this is what I think”, which is fine to some regard, but I also agree with you in that I’d like to hear some of that deeper reasoning behind what people think instead of the “it’s just what I think”. I’m more interested in creators understanding and discussing where the other viewpoints come from and finding an appreciation for those points they may not have thought about before, than learning what someone got out of a particular aspect of a show or topic (although I think both have their own merits).

      As you said, balance is the key in these things, so there’s never really a clear cut “this is the right way to do it” or “this isn’t the right way to do it”. I’m just interested in creators attempting to understand topics and through their understanding, discussing their experiences with others attempting to do the same in order to better understand those topics at large (if that makes any sense).

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