Episode 670 - Wise use of influence

Jan 15, 2024

This Quackcast is about using influence wisely! I had a DD comic creator come to me, apparently a bit distressed at some of the things we'd said in our last Quackcast about drawing adult comics- they had decided to delete their entire webcomic. I checked on google and it turns out they deleted it everywhere, not just DD, even down to their twitter! I've since talked to them some more and got more of the story and made sure they were ok but it was pretty alarming at the time nevertheless.

Topics and Show Notes

That got me on to the idea of being responsible with your influence: when you have any sort of platform people listen to you and think you have authority. Because of that you have to be mindful and try not to pretend you know more than you do, don't confuse objectivity with subjectivity or opinion with fact, always try to qualify things, add context, and give exceptions. On our Quackcast we talk very authoritatively about ways of doing art, drawing, writing stories, what comics should look like, dos and don'ts etc, and we always have very strong opinions. But the funny thing is that we're usually pretty hypocritical- because we'll do a Quackcast recommending specifically against something and explaining why it's bad and then we'll have another Quackcast parsing that very thing. Sometimes that change of attitude happens during the course of a single podcast!

If you listen to us at all, take what we say as advice rather than instructions. We each have fields of expertise on specific things- Tantz on psychology and ancient Greek history, me on Graphic design and art, Banes on music and comedy, we all have expertise and decades of experience running a webcomics hosting site, producing webcomics and podcasting, but we don't know everything about everything! Outside of those fields our knowledge is a bit general and even within them we all know we still have way more to learn! So take what we say with a grain of salt.

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Featured comic:
Donkeyskin - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2024/jan/09/featured-comic-donkeyskin/

Featured music:
Carl and The Lost Shad0w - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Carl_and_The_Lost_Shad0w/ - by Jazzy - rated E.

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/

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JCorrachComics at 6:13PM, Jan. 22, 2024

On a lighter note, LOTR being called the most successful powerpoint killed me lmfao

JCorrachComics at 6:11PM, Jan. 22, 2024

Oh no, that mustve been incredibly distressing, for all parties involved. I hope that person manages to rekindle their creative spark and love making their comic again, even if they don't want to share it publicly anymore <:< I very much think Tantz has the right idea when it comes to criticism, how we can choose whether or not to take it, and at the same time words can hurt even if they aren't intended to, that's not really anyone's fault in that case.

jazzy at 12:52PM, Jan. 20, 2024

I really enjoyed the music. Incredible. thank you.

Ozoneocean at 6:27PM, Jan. 16, 2024

Noooooooo! D: It won't be complete without an irrelevant B story and numerous annoying flashbacks to earlier sessions though. Just to make the writing harder XD

Banes at 2:12PM, Jan. 16, 2024

Well said. Wait - Monant is going to be Space-Cancelled??? Oh dear!

Gunwallace at 12:53PM, Jan. 16, 2024

If you are going to actually say anything on the intertubes then you will offend/influence/annoy people sometimes. You can't caveat everything. Reception Theory, for all its faults, does at least give the concept that every reader, every listener, can interpret things in a unique way. You have very little control over that. Something said in jest may be taken deadly seriously by some. The intention is unimportant to the listener. This is often seen when a parody or satire is taken at face value by a portion of the audience. Or the ‘lesson’ intended by the author is missed by some, and the behaviours they were warning against are instead idolised or emulated. (1984 used as a guide to oppression. Bob Roberts’ songs sung without irony by the right-wing. Jojo Rabbit criticised as being pro-Nazi. See also Poe’s Law) PS Ozone, your Star Trek roleplaying character Monant is going to end up being accused of something and put on trial in a 10-episode arc now ;-) I’ve been influenced.

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