But in the end, I realized its just wasn't worth the time to mull over as there are much better things to work on like preparing for upcoming Cosplay Tournament of Champions and Cosplay Mania. In the end I'm glad I didnt go through my initial foam-in-the-mouth rants as a few days later I read this article by cosplayer Jin Joson called "The Misunderstandings about Cosplay" and my faith is restored.
If you don't know who Jin Joson is, then it's high time that you should go beyond the media drivel of "cosplay gods and goddesses" labels and get to know her, as she is in my opinion the best person to represent the virtues of cosplaying.
A lot of people tend to follow only the surface and never dig deeper as their reasons are never really about the hobby but about other things. Don't worry, I totally understand that one. A friend may have invited you to join in without providing any real insight, or discovered your crush has joined the ranks and wanted to be part of it just to be close, or you saw the success on TV and decided its a stepping stone to fame and fortune-- these can be legitimate stepping stones in trying to find out the real core of the matter regarding cosplay. That is, if you are even willing to take that one crucial step beyond that. But since not many people are really the research type and are more of "im-just-here-for-the-moment", they probably wouldn't care less about the hobby's core concept and history and just go with the flow and make things up as they go along. "Walang basagan ng trip". To each his/her own.
The sad thing about this is that some of the media (traditional and new), in their goal of making things more interesting, make things up and label it as their "their own style" just to make theirs different and yet use the same word to describe them. Sooner or later, the Apples and Oranges comparison will no longer exist, as the end product will most likely have no resemblance other than the kind that stink.
But I'm just glad that there are still those who do it right. I was asked time and again that maybe I should be more vocal about my views or even be more involved. I am in my own way, through this blogs, through the events I help organizing, and by example. I'm not after sending a loud message for the masses, just a clear whisper for the few willing to listen or having the patience and insight to ask.