Genre fixations

For context,

Aeoli’s Iron Law of Anime:

0.1% of anime is sublime.
5% of anime is great.
The rest is absolute garbage.

As part of this initial foray, I’ll define “genre fixation” as a behavior where a person gets stuck in an entertainment rut, disproportionately consuming media from a single genre. This is qualitatively different from mere preference and is analogous to drug addiction and fetishism proper (as opposed to kinks). It seems likely that a similar neural rewiring phenomenon is occurring in the brains of fixated people. A person with such a fixation loses the ability over time to find enjoyment in the original aesthetic unless the fetish is included somehow (like how some people can’t enjoy a real-life social situation except as it pertains to later Facebook posts).

It’s also independent from having good or broad taste- a person with good taste in other genres can still get stuck in one of these ruts. The most obvious cases are pathological…making reference to my Iron Law of Anime above, an anime-fixated person will continue watching new anime series even if they are no longer enjoyable.

With respect to predicting fixations, I think it’s necessary to distinguish between personality types that are prone to fixations (like those on the autism spectrum, obviously) and genres that are more likely to produce fixation (like more addictive drugs). Here are some contenders for the latter:

Facebook (to the pathological exclusion of in-person socializing)
Internet (forums and chatrooms)
Sci-fi and fantasy
Romance novels
Comics, graphic novels
Metal, particularly with screamed lyrics
Spicy food (people who eat ghost peppers, that sort of thing)
Esoteric Hitlerism

Traits these have in common:

-Enjoying the thing produces a desire for more of it.
-There is a deep range of intensity levels so that enthusiasts can descend into greater and greater extremities that are increasingly mystifying to others.
-Enthusiasm morphs into self-identification (as with the stronger fetishes like homosexuality or transgenderism). A person doesn’t just enjoy metal, they are “a metalhead”.
-Enthusiasts often enjoy shocking the uninitiated by hinting at the extreme ranges.

For example of the latter, the theme of this Lamb of God music video is very common for metal videos. The “joke” (I guess?) is that the audience is not intended to enjoy the music, except for maybe one outsider who is then recruited into fandom. Another common “joke” is to surprise the audience with someone who appears uninitiated, who is actually a very deep fan of the genre.

Please note that this is distinct from getting in a rut with respect to entertainment sources like Netflix. Lots of people are addicted to watching Netflix dramas or comedies because it’s convenient and habitual.

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33 Responses to Genre fixations

  1. Robotnick says:

    Anime never resonated with me as a youth or to this day. Perhaps due to lack of exposure to actual quality Anime, or I am just an untermensch haha.

  2. Edenist Whackjob says:

    I believe a lot of politics, at least for the mids, is fixation.

    I’ve learned to “see” fixations with synaesthesia, and thus I can (with some difficulty) choose to prune them and embrace the proper, holistic view.

  3. Heaviside says:

    Real “occultism” doesn’t belong on that list.

  4. Heaviside says:

    I really liked The Big O as a kid, but I find it hard to enjoy anime as a grown-ass nigger.

    • MM says:

      Same. Though a few of the things I mentioned are anything but kid shit
      Also- am only 20 (redpilled EARLY).

      • Aeoli Pera says:

        >Same. Though a few of the things I mentioned are anything but kid shit

        I’ve only seen a couple of those. Will have to try some more, your tastes are maybe 80% in alignment with mine.

        >Also- am only 20 (redpilled EARLY).

        Good. Please don’t mind if I keep an eye on you to see if early red pilling causes development oddities (keeping in mind what you’re already expressing).

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Cartoons don’t offer much emotional range or nuance. That’s kinda the point but it can get old.

  5. Wow you just reduced my entire existence to a meme I hate you.

  6. Aeoli Pera says:

    I bet you would like Ghost in the Shell, the original movie.

  7. Aeoli Pera says:

    It may not be possible to teach the art of inducing a Gestalt shift in someone else but it’s the same thing as humor, except much moreso. So the funnier you can get, the better you’ll be at this.

  8. Rime says:

    Fyi Mizakis Princess Mononoke is playing in select theaters across the United States on Monday, January 9th 2017 for its 20th anniversary.

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