You know how Hussie always says that Homestuck is “made of” the Internet? It lives on the Internet, its only parameters are those set by the Internet, it is discussed, disseminated and revered on the Internet and at it’s core it is about relationships that exist primarily through the Internet.
And also according to Hussie, it’s about alienation. Think of John, running around on a high tower built above his house by a girl he’s never met, on a planet without a single other human on it, separated from his dad and only able to converse with his Internet friends. And when he finally meets the girl, she’s asleep. And when his group of Internet friends expands to include the trolls, they initially concentrate on telling him how badly he’s fucked up and how shit he is. Think of Jade putting up with that shit for years on end because of one single event. Reminds me a bit of kids who are still getting shit for ill-considered blog posts or tweets that they wrote months ago.
Homestuck makes me want to be better at the Internet. It confirms to me that Internet relationships are as important as the ones you have in real life. It reminds me how shit you can make someone feel just by being overly self-righteous, or patronising or even just a little too shouty on the Internet. It reminds me that every single blog post or tweet (aside from the robot ones of course) was written by an actual human being.
I hope that reading Homestuck on the Internet, discussing Homestuck on the Internet and sharing it on the Internet will make most of us nicer on the Internet in the long-run. If not, we’ve kind of missed the point.