Fell into a deep rabbithole when I found the r/mallninjashit  subreddit, a gathering place for people to share (and ruthlessly mock) the kinds of cheap overcompensating weapons you find in retail stores... and the unfortunate nerdy folks who tend to buy them. One of the weirdest things I noticed is that while the page had definitely started as a gallery of misshapen shuriken and $20 katanas, there was a whole new class of warrior who had occupied their attention...

Let's go on a little journey:

1. By now, we're all familiar with the impractical "ninja" weapons you see at malls and flea markets

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2. But these days it seems like there's a new king of the "tryhard" weapons game

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3. What most people seem to make fun of is the hyper-aggression of the weapons when contrasted with their owners' more unintimidating appearance

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4. It doesn't take a phychoanalyst to see how maybe someone can latch onto the trappings of warrior culture to overcome their own experiences with bullying and resolve their self-perceived inadequacies

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5. Tempered with the undebatable truth that wrecking stuff is fun as hell


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6. Sometimes it's frustrating to see a weapon that is just SO dang impractical

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7. Something that celebrates the FANTASY of violence without acknowledging the grim unpleasant reality of conflict and survival

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8. But now, modern military gear is getting its time in the sun, with needlessly "tactical" goods flooding shops

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9. It's a convergeance of two different worlds

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10. We've all but thoroughly shamed away the wannabe ninjas

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11. So now the wannabe special forces are recruiting at record speeds

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12. Adding dramatic flair and decoration to what at one point, were functional tools for what was a solemn and terrible task

skeletonized ar15 say no more fam
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13. We're drawn to these items for the sense of empowerment, our own capabilities heightened instantly without having done any exercise, training, or emotional growth

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14. A way to cope with a society doesn't do much to make the average person feel very  powerful

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15. In the end "Mall Ninja Shit" blurs the line between tool and toy, for better or for worse

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