Why artsy communities are often toxic and can they not?

Why artsy? Why toxic? Why often? How to grow a non-toxic community where creative people can express themselves and feel welcome.

In real life, we have more context - body language, voice tone, environment - to assess what is going on and feel welcome after a possibly bad joke. Or not.

While online we only have our assumptions. It is sarcasm, a tasteless joke or am I bullied because this is the culture of this particular corner of the internet?

Or perhaps I brought my bad experience from the previous times I was bullied and unconsciously did escalate a possibly innocent (just cringy) joke?

In the middle of this episode, we’re kicking Olle out of the livestream. For reasons.

Is it toxic behaviour? He agrees it was not:

  • it wasn’t personal

  • he just didn’t fit the mood of the dialog

  • he was still welcome to listen in and join the discussion

I was singing Britney’s “With a taste of your lips, I'm on a ride, You're toxic, I'm slippin' under” while editing the video and he got inspired. Now the audio-only version of this show has a very special intro and outro. It is premium only, but you can get a Premium account for free for 30 days:

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