And I'm sorry if 20 min are too much, but then please don't comment under a video. Presuming what i argue about isn't the same as actually listening to the podcast.
And I'm sorry that the thumbnail is kind of...bait. And I'm sorry for not talking faster, or less ear cancer causing, but I would really like to have a more mature debate on this topic. Assuming that I will
be on your side because I paint feathered dinosaurs isn't a good basis for a comment.
Here, for those who haven't seen it yet, the podcast
Maybe lets rephrase the text from my journal: Please don't comment unless you have seen the video. Thank you.
I think DeviantArt is a good place to discuss these things, far better than Twitter for example, and I don't want to leave the DA community out of this. *begs for understanding*
People overhype birds a bit too much, if you ask me. For all of the hype that's given to how mean and aggressive swans and cassowaries are (always something that's brought up by the people who are supposedly against dinosaurs being portrayed as monsters in the first place, I've noticed)... they tend to conveniently leave out how both are prey animals, and are in fact regularly eaten by reptiles. Cassowaries are eaten by crocodiles and pythons, and alligators will readily snap up a swan.
Again; the only reptiles that could plausible kill adult cassowaries are crocs (and, in the Pleistocene, Komodo dragons); crocs are much larger than cassowaries and Komodo dragons are specialized for eating relatively large prey, it's not at all surprising a 170lb animal can be killed by them.
No matter what any of us say, I doubt you'll hear us argue against DA being a better discussion area than Twitter. Then again... what place isn't better than Twitter in that regard?
"People associate scaly reptiles much more with "armoured, cold-blooded, otherwordly, inhuman killer" than they would a feathered, "soft" creature. TV Tropes has a whole article titled "Reptiles Are Abhorrent". You mention dragons in one sentence, but really think about it: how many movies/TV series do you know where dragons are depicted as feathered instead of scaly, with feathered wings instead of skinny wings? The only one I can think of is Eragon, and I think some people even complained "why does the dragon have bird wings?" Scales are much more associated with power and resilience than feathers.
So I'll say there's actually a part of human psyche that will see a scaly creature as being scarier than a feathered one. And the other big part is that birds are so much associated with the ability to fly that the flightless ones (either due to size like the cassowary or due to domestification like the house chicken) are seen as a joke, no matter how dangerous they'd be if you were to actually piss them off in real life.
Ideally these scariness debates wouldn't even exist, but thanks to the oversaturation of "rule of awesome" pop culture dinosaurs have become just another movie monster trope like zombies, sharks etc.
my Christmas dinosaur was naked too"
I'd say that it's less that people think scales are scarier and more because the idea of feathered dinosaurs is a drastic change in the public perception of the clade. Even in shifts from Crystal Palace to Knight and Burian, and from them to Jurassic Park, they still were fundamentally massive reptiles - the addition of feathers shifts them to birds, an animal group that evokes a very different field of emotions in people (thinking they're cute and fluffy, objects of beauty, etc. etc.)... but above all, birds are a group of animals that loom large in pretty much everybody's daily life. Pretty much everyone sees at least a songbird or two outside every day - how many times can you honestly say that you've seen a reptile out in the wild? Add in how so many paleoartists just copy-paste modern bird plumage and behaviors onto dinosaurs (particularly the relatively few that are seen as scary and disgusting, usually selected from a small handful of disturbing photos), and you have what I think is the reason that people are against feathering dinosaurs: because to many people, it takes away a lot of what makes dinosaurs so exotic and eye-catching to people and, well, makes them feel 'boring,' more mundane. It takes the magic out of it, so to speak. Not to mention that a lot of the people who love dinosaurs also tend to have a love of reptiles as well (of course, that's a generalization, but it's something I've noticed a lot); in the demands to take feathered dinosaurs seriously, a lot of the time it just comes off as even more people writing off reptiles as outdated and inferior.
In fact, it's funny that you mention Eragon - the designers for Saphira said in interviews that they specifically used only mammals and birds as references for her because, in their words, 'reptiles can't be majestic, only ugly and disgusting'. The same reasoning was used for the recent remake of Pete's Dragon, and the same reason is often used, well, by feathernazis trying to hype up accurate dinosaurs as being far scarier and smarter than the primitive, inefficient reptile.
Ich hab schon eine Liste von Aspekten zusammengestellt die ich vergessen habe oder die in den Kommentaren angesprochen wurden, nächstes Jahr werd ich vielleicht mal eine Neuauflage produzieren.