Well.................the BBC went and made the announcement I was expecting. sigh Before people go all freaking nuts thinking I'm gender biased or anything and accusing me of things that aren't true.................let me make something clear--I'm a LONG-TIME "Doctor Who" fan. I come from "Doctor Who" of the 1980's and went back and watched everything that's potentially watchable since the very beginning of the series with "An Unearthly Child" until today. I have books and comics and magazines for the series over the years. What makes me unhappy about them filling the role with a female lead IS NOT the fact it's a woman--it's the fact that it's now cliched. If they hadn't gone through and just made The Master a woman in recent series, or set it up with the fact that Time Lords can regenerate into another gender................I would've been fine with it. But it's the fact that the BBC has been flailing to try and "regain" the young audience they feel they've lost since Matt Smith's departure. THEY ARE NOT TAKING INTO THE MIX THAT THEY'VE ALREADY HAD A DEDICATED FANBASE FOR DECADES. This announcement is neither shocking, nor unexpected at this point...........the concept is not novel or new, based upon them already having done this with The Master most recently. It's them trying something they think is "surprising" in order to gain new viewers or regain a fanbase they think they've "lost". sigh
This is honestly what I hate about television and movie makers anymore. Or even comic books--DC Comics' constant reboots are frustrating on longtime fans. I'm one of the few people who liked DC's "New 52".........but that's because it was good for the Green Lantern portion of the universe--most Batman fans hated it for what it did to that portion of the universe. My point is.............companies think they have to do something wild and new and "shocking" to get new fans--and in the end, they hurt the fans they already have.
Also.................things I notice lately amongst the artists on the art sites--or at least where I'm at............and memories it brings back from my days at FurAffinity and so forth. It makes me wonder..............why are people on art sites, really? I had an old journal asking this question a long time ago--but now I have new watchers and stuff, so let's ask it again?
Why are you on a gallery site?
This is a question I can easily answer myself................I'm here to make friends and enjoy art. I'm not a great artist (and there are personal development reasons behind that). I'm not here to have hundreds of followers or to make money. I'm here because I like talking to people and looking at art.........and sharing art!
I can understand that people who are on sites to make money will abandon sites they feel they do not make profits on................so these people stay at FurAffinity and abandon Weasyl, for example. It's a saddening thought, but there you have it.........I remember when many of my friends from FA were all excited about Weasyl when it popped up and were begging for invites before the site became public--most of those people have long since abandoned Weasyl and stay at FA because they "don't have the numbers" (the attention) or "can't make money" on this site. And then others abandon this site, because "nobody is active here", they'll say. It's a vicious circle, really..........the artists out to make money won't stay because they don't have the fanbase (and don't want to put in the time or effort to grow it, in many cases) and the fans won't stay because the artists leave. It makes me really very sad..................
But I am here, daily--and I am active. I have no intention of leaving. I'm not going back to a cesspool like FA, where in the end I felt daily pain just looking at the site.............because of the people who want to hurt others were bullying myself and others I knew. It doesn't matter how many friends I had, how many artists I loved looking at their art over on FurAffinity..........as long as people were bullies and focused on bullying gentle people like me--I simply could not remain there. It doesn't matter how many people I (or other people) blocked--the serious bullies would simply create new accounts and start bullying again. Weasyl's site provides me with the two reasons I came to a gallery site to begin with: making friends and enjoying art. I can do that here.
Let's enjoy each other's company and enjoy looking at artwork, right? :D