Gatekeeping isn’t always a bad thing.
By - Two7Five7One7
If someone came to a band without learning the lyrics and the band was mad that’s not gatekeeping. That just being pissed someone didn’t do their job. Gatekeeping is a bit more specific than that. It’s using ones position of knowledge on someone with a smaller understanding of the subject as to assert dominance and self validate. So while I see what your saying it doesn’t really work.
Edit: Did I just gatekeep gatekeeping? /s
When I said that last part I meant it entirely metaphorically, like someone who wants to participate in a community without knowing how to participate. And I suppose this post could be about the misuse of the term as well.
Gatekeeping is not only a good thing, it's your duty to do it to preserve the integrity of a hobby or group you're in. It's a great filter to keep out those who don't respect your rules or ideals. Those who advocate against gatekeeping are entitled brats who demand everything and give nothing in return.
Education > Gatekeeping
I feel like sometimes people use the term gatekeeping because they’re mad that they’re wrong? I see it a lot in discussions about things like for example Harry Potter. Someone will chime in with something that either only happened in the films or with info only obtained from films, and people who read the books will say “well actually the books say this” and sometimes people don’t take being wrong too well and get mad. Like you can casually like whatever you want but don’t try to insist you know more than you do. Same with people who like a game series but only played one and try to talk about things from other games but they don’t know.
'people don't take being wrong too well'.. you mean the people who read books?
It is perfectly fine to only watch the TV adaptations and be a fan. It is perfectly fine to talk about it. If someone tell me some LoTR fact, I won't bombard him with an uncalled ''well, but Tom Bombadil...''.
The game series line is on point, you are right about that. But things like Harry Potter? There are books, and there are movies, both are Harry Potter and people can be fan of both or just one, without the need of a gatekeeper.
But when having discussions using things like the books and pottermore where jkr expands on the universe can help bring clarity to things that are left sort of unanswered in the books and DEFINITELY unanswered in the movies because of how much they cut. So if someone basically states a take they got from watching the movies and someone says “oh this is explained because of x x and x” sometimes people will get mad and claim people are gatekeeping when that’s not really what’s happening. I even saw a big fight where someone insinuated that other people in the discussion were basically being ableist or something to that effect because not everyone has the ability to read the books and the argument was really wild because people were like you literally don’t have to read the books, there’s wiki and Pottermore and infinite other ways to get the info you’re lacking. Being a casual fan is absolutely fine and there’s nothing wrong with it, but gatekeeping isn’t telling someone they don’t have all the info and telling them the info they’re missing, gatekeeping is telling someone they can’t like something if they don’t digest ALL of it.