Call it. I have nothing else better to do. Yes, quite possibly. But also, I've just had supper and they say it's not good to sleep straightaway after a meal sooooo I'm vegging out in front of the computer browsing Gundam porn (Yeah, the Gundam type, mind you. What were you thinking??) and I came across THIS - A post by Gundam Guy on some of the GBWC entries in Philippines, which sparked over 60 comments and counting with all kinds of expert views, insults and essays. And I just thought...Why not weigh in on the issue since sometimes people comment on my stuff too, and thanks to the anonymity of the Internet, here we are, all keyboard warriors in our underwear furiously firing out righteous salvos after salvos in the name of namelessness because, well, without a name or a face, we're invincible, aren't we?
There's no point saying too much, save that I always feel, if you wanna say something, at least put your name on it to back it up, and not go under the cloak of anonymity, cos it's always a cop out. So after reading all the comments, some thoughtful some amusing, some right on, here are my conclusions about three general syndromes of Internet behaviour which Gunpla is obviously not immune from:
1) IF YOU CAN'T INSULT SOMEONE TO HIS FACE, INSULT HIM ONLINE.
So let's start with the kitbasher. Pun intended. Do not mistake the kitbasher for an expert modeller who can meld kits to his will and create a masterpiece. Nono the online version of a kitbasher is literally, that. A basher of kits. Sure, we've all been guilty of that. We've all came across a kit that made us cringe in disgust. We've bitched about it to friends over drinks. But. That's not quite the same as going online and making public, your low opinion of someone else's work. Unless you're ready to reveal your name or alias. I mean, c'mon. Hurling insults under 'Anonymous' is like taking a mud-sling at someone when he's not looking and then getting the f*ck outta there before he spots you and hunts you down. Well actually, I suppose there are some who think that's actually a sound strategy in real life LOL.
2) YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST TO BE AN ART CRITIC.
3) THE WORLD IS CLAMOURING FOR YOUR OPINION
So there you have it. Observations that aren't exactly anything new, but I find so intriguing in the context of Gunpla. Probably we have been guilty of one or all of the above syndromes at some point in our Internet lives. The Internet just really releases the inner assho-....I mean Anonymity in us doesn't it? ;D And there is no right or model comment. But once in a while, in the sea of negativity, snarkiness and wise-guy self-righteous theses, one pops up which is actually palatable and you go: Hmmm...this guy makes sense. Well whaddaya know? There's actually a non-idiot residing behind one of these cold screens. And then you don't hate him so much for being 'Anonymous' LOL.
I also leave you with an updated post about Malaysian master-modeller and multiple Top 3 winner Raymond Loke, who has the balls to post under his real name and address these trolls. Sure, it's the Internet, expect trolls. But sometimes it's nice to remind trolls of their place in the REAL world. And I think Mr Rayloke did just that. A salute to you bro! There will always be trolls who claim they do not need to be master modellers to critique an entry like their opinion matters. It warms the coffers of my heart though, to think that as much as these fools hide behind their screens and the cloak of anonymity snickering and trolling away, they will never create any work of art that is worthy of praise, much less win anything. And even though they act like they don't care, fact is, they do. And deep down they probably know they can't. Poor poor bastards.... LOL
And now, back to building kits.