Interview six pt 2: Zoë
In this interview, we asked two twitter users to share their opinions regarding stan twitter.
This is Zoë's opinion regarding stan twitter and its toxicity.
Question one: As drama and forms of toxicity are inevitable, do you believe that the levels of it vary between different fandoms? If comfortable sharing, have you been in situations, even if from a distance, where something had gotten out of hand?
I think that some fandoms do experience drama and toxicity more but I think it has more to do with the Stans than the artist. I have seen people expose someone's private thoughts on a rumor, what they were saying was definitely not okay. But the way in which the situation was handled fueled to the fire and made more people see what they were saying.
Question two: Is it better to publicly confront someone regarding any controversy they were involved with, or take it up with them privately? Say for example, someone tweeted something controversial on thQuestion two: Is it better to publicly confront someone regarding any controversy they were involved with, or take it up with them privately? Say for example, someone tweeted something controversial on their private spam account versus their main, would that change the stakes?eir private spam account versus their main, would that change the stakes?
I think initially it is better to confront them privately, but it honestly depends on the situation but in most cases this is what would be better. The steps that should be taken after this also depends on the situation and who it is about.
Question three: Something I’ve personally learned is that making someone’s day and breaking it take the same effort. Almost none. This in mind, do you think it’s significant to consider the person’s feelings and circumstances off the screen whilst responding to them? How could someone’s mental health be impacted by the way we interact with them online?
I think it’s extremely important to take into account the impact it could have on someone else when dming them or just interacting on the to. because even if it’s a joke they might be insecure about it and internalize it. when you internalize something at least for me i just overthink it for days. so by being nice to people we can help the impact stan twt can have on their mental health
Question four: Sometimes it’s healthier to leave someone to resolve their actions on their own instead of reaching out or unnecessarily bringing more people into it, which could potentially exacerbate a situation. Playing with someone’s feelings online for the laughs is deplorable. Do you think this is true?
I definitely agree messing with anyone's feelings online or in irl is not okay. Also in situations where the person clearly just wants attention it's definitely better to not get involved.
Question five: On a lighter note, the support of one another seen in all fandoms and communities on Twitter is heartwarming. With our potential, there’s so much more we can create besides drama. This starts easily! What are suggestions or little ways to improve the stan twitter environment?
we can improve the community by just interacting with people you haven't interacted with before and just to treat everyone equally because some people feel like bigger acts are better than them and this is not true and there shouldn't be a reason that they think that.