So, today's post is a bit different, let's call it a kind of brain-storming about a thing that always scares me when I think about the future of our hobby: are we (manufacturers and hobbyists) thinking of the children?
Of course, I'm not talking about serious questions that really might influence our (well, yours, I'm not yet in the club) children's future, as the climate change, the middle-class disappearing, the economic downturn and, above all, trap music.
As I did before, concerning girls and women in general, I'm trying to reflect on whether our hobby might involve the youngest generations or not.
Disclaimer: the following lines might be judgmental. Please don't take them as facts, but only as my personal opinions (and always remember that I'm a Ligurian Dwarf inside, so mumbling and grumbling is 80% of my DNA).
We live in a world that runs at the speed of light and we all see how fast things become viral (damn, how I hate that word...) and then just disappear as if they were never born.
It seems that, despite we live in the most connected age of humanity and we have literally the whole human knowledge in our pocket, we are not used anymore to sit and enjoy properly what we are doing. At least, we just document what we are doing, generally for having the chance to share it with unknown people out there on social. Paradoxically, it seems to me that we often do things not for the pure pleasure of doing them, but just for being able to say to others "Look: I did this thing!".
Obviously, this is a generalization and, as every generalization, you should not take it seriously, but lately I discovered that this social behavior makes me feel a bit uncomfortable.
But what this raving of a grumbling Dwarf has got to do with our hobby?
Let me explain.
I dare to say that our hobby is kinda anachronistic, nowadays (and this is a good thing!): in a world where everything has to be produced, consumed and forgotten as fast as possible, especially everything about the entertainment, I can't see another way to define a hobby that requests so much time and dedication to be fully enjoyed, with such high entry barriers (both economically and technically speaking).
For example: if I want to play a videogame, I can go to my living room and play Nintendo Mario Rabbids (it's awesome and made by an Italian studio, give it a chance!) for minutes or hours or days. But if I have in mind a great diorama to explore the smokey roads of Zorn Uzul, I should dedicate months of intense work, before being able to see something (yes, I'm working on that for real)!
Our hobby is slow, is time-consuming, is relaxing but can be also frustrating: Zen in the Art of Painting Puppets.
I love this fact, I grew up playing SuperMarioLand on my Gameboy, probably the most frustrating thing ever designed for a kid, but I can't help but ask myself: are the young generations ready for it?
Please, do not misunderstand me: this is not the classic topic "oh, the young generations are worse than the older ones", I hate those reasonings, they are far from my common way of thinking.
However, I think we can't deny that nowadays, especially young people are used to be entertained in a way that is simply more faster and easier than just 15-20 years ago.
I saw many kids, for example, not enjoy the old animated movies because "nothing happens".
It's normal, it's not their fault or a knowledge gap: they are simply used to watch a different kind of entertainment, they are born inside a different world, with different media.
When I was a child I had to wait 'till 4 pm to watch my favorite series, and at 6 pm there were no other cartoons to watch. If it depended on me, I would have watched Saint Seiya, Power Rangers, Cpt. Tsubasa all day long, of course, but I couldn't and I simply had to deal with it.