But Doomer Girl shows how the reverse can happen too: A cruel idea gets whittled down and recirculated without context, because its origin is less interesting than the creative possibilities. The term context collapse is often used to refer to the potential danger of pulling an idea out of a specific social network and placing it in front of a much larger and diffuse one. Kaitlyn Tiffany is a staff writer at The Atlantic , where she covers technology. She came out of 4chan, the infamous hotbed of frequently racist and misogynistic internet culture. She was created as the female counterpart to another cartoon character called Doomer, a ragged-looking guy with three-day scruff, a black beanie, and a cigarette perpetually dangling from his mouth.
Arielle. Age: 32.
The openness that allows art to be remixed toward detestable political ends is also what allows something hateful to be redeemed.
Madalyn. Age: 22.
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Her eyes are canonically dark, but new drawings of her sometimes make them green ; her black sweater has been replaced with a muscle tank. Doomer Girl could have waxed and waned and died there, but she was plucked from 4chan and moved to Reddit, then onto Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram in a matter of days. They are no longer pursuing friendships or relationships, and get no joy from anything because they know that the world is coming to an end.