Okay, so I follow a fair number of tumblr blogs, seek out images, and the like. But one aspect of tumblr culture mystifies me. What is "tumblr roleplay" (see posts tagged rp
). From what I can tell it's sort of fan fiction, but people have to "apply" to be a character, but it's characters and it's also celebrity/actor names. And lots of images. I can't tell if the stuff I see on tumblr is the destination, or tumblr's being used as a tool and the actual stuff happens in role play communities (message boards? irc? chat? apps? group texting?). Searching for "tumblr role play" on the web gets either spammy sites or other tumblrs. It reminds me vaguely of old MUDs/MOOs/MUSHes - but also seems fundamentally different somehow.
Explain it to me?