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
Anime
Comics, graphic novels
Metal, particularly with screamed lyrics
Spicy food (people who eat ghost peppers, that sort of thing)
Mathematics
Esoteric Hitlerism
Gnosticism/Occultism

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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35 Responses to Genre fixations

  1. Lazer says:

    “Another common “joke” is to surprise the audience with someone who appears uninitiated, who is actually a very deep fan of the genre.”

    This is a good game tip for Thals and MTs. MMs and Cros have already have pegged you as noob, with their snap judgements (and stolen one of your nerdy terms to do so). If you can master this it’s great because the melons and cros don’t know what to do when they find out your the hall monitor. MMs despise someone who torches social reality.

    • 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Marshall Mead says:

    Whats good is great but theres very little Ive found:
    The Miyazaki/Takata movies(saw as a kid)
    The Big O
    Neo Tokyo(Compilation)
    Memories(Compilation)
    Angel’s Egg
    Akira
    Look good and will watch:
    Macross Plus
    Barefoot Gen
    Gin Roh
    Vampire Hunte D Bloodlust

    plus: The 2nd renaissance(from the Animatrix)/ various other tidbits and shorts
    ….
    Big slant to movies over series(Only 1 I stuck with)

    Anime music can be some of the best. Especially Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82MCCTCqauo (original and best version with sine wave entrainment opening)

    • 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.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

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

      • Marshall Mead says:

        Not clear what’s replying to what. Will answer all 3:
        >Lacking emotional nuance.
        This is why music is NO 1 thing. https://soundcloud.com/juanfdedalus/akira-1988-original-soundtrack-requiem (Western holy mixed with elements close to gyoto tantra!)
        > Would like GITS.
        Will watch.
        > Early redpilling oddities.
        Will say one thing right now: I had a brain scan a few years ago and my cerebellum is around a third smaller than the average person’s(brain case still full). Besides motor activities the Cerebellum is directly linked to depression(damage to cerebellum proportional to depression). My baseline is “depressed” though I have never felt alternative. Cerebellum also instrumental in “filtering” frontal lobes. No filter+natural depression sounds like perfect storm for accepting “badthinks”.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          Follow-up questions: Are you physically clumsy? Are you near-sighted? Do you socialize much (either online or in-person)? Approximately how many people would show up to your funeral?

          • Marshall Mead says:

            Not clumsy though physically inarticulate. Hand tremors are as bad as it gets- triggered by stress and dont get them at all when in shape.
            Yes near sighted
            Yes Morton’s toe. Ive actually read Koanic and Tex’s stuff even if often just for laughs.
            Socialize well and have 3 maybe 4 real good friends but they go to diff colleges far away.
            Go to a community college atm so all socialization is instigated by myself and most people are surprised(the normies are no longer normal). In terms of quantity its small amounts(30 mins or less) interspersed with occasional very long(3-6 hours) marathons- usually one on one with someone. Online I do my best not to. Very much hate the internet and understand that typing this post is just disgusting narcissism on my part. This is the only place I comment often and I use my real name.
            20 people would go to my funeral.

        • Robotnick says:

          I believe my mind is in a somewhat similar state as yours Marshall Mead. It kind of sucks but anything for the Truth Amiright?

    • Rime says:

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

  5. Heaviside says:

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

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

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