12 12 / 2013
so, I think I'm engaged now.
- 1: [working out health insurance] so this plan's got a higher deductible but it's got a wider network so I THINK that will work until I find a job--
- 2: Or we could get ~*married*~
- 1: ...I'm not marrying you for health insurance.
- 2: What other reason is there to ~*marry*~ someone?
- 1: Because you want to?
- 2: You don't want to marry me?
- 1: I DO want to marry you -- ...
- 2: ...
- 2: ...
- 2: I expect a ring in two months.
- 1: ... oh my god.
- ~~~~~ YOU CRAZY KIDS! ...I'm actually surprised. I expected one of you to propose to the other in Paris.
12 12 / 2013
If there has not been an article on Mads Mikkelsen titled “It’s a Mads Mads Mads World”. Then humanity has lost it’s way
12 12 / 2013
I’ve been in this fandom for a very long time, and fans of the manga, and more recently Brotherhood, are often perplexed by the assertion that these versions have any problems in their portrayal of non-white minority characters. So, for the sake of clarification, I’ve written an explanation as to what I feel these problems are, and why I find them so upsetting.
Well, it was bound to happen, tumblr has told the fictional character Edward Elric to check his privilege (but it’s an engaging read for anyone who likes to see how media portrayals can give way to attitudes in regards to actual real-life issues)
10 12 / 2013
Anonymous asked: What the hell's with nerds and anti-intellectualism?
I’m not entirely sure but in order to even start on this one we kinda have to discuss what “nerd” means now. I don’t think most people who self-label as “nerds” in 2013 are generally interested in academic pursuits. I’ve noticed that when you try and engage people who self-identify as “nerds” about their favorite media, or any media really, on a level other than “do you love [franchise]? I love [franchise] too!” it doesn’t go very well and, in my experience, they tend to shut down, or tell you you’re not a real fan. I certainly haven’t noticed a sudden burst of desire from these folks to discuss these things in anything other than “I love this! I’m a Marvel nerd, my favorite superhero is Iron Man” terms.
But then, the word “nerd” has changed completely. I haven’t associated the word “nerd” with the classic meaning, “person of above-average intelligence with an interest in math and/or science and maybe has poor social skills” in over a decade. People say the word is meaningless now, and while I used to agree with that, I think it’s just adopted a new meaning.
A “nerd” - now completely interchangeable with “geek” - consumes one or more (typically three or more) of the following mass media franchises:
Marvel/DC Movies & TV shows based on comics
The Walking Dead
Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
Anything Joss Whedon has worked on
And on a wider scope, the entire video games industry, along with whatever flavor-of-the-year memes they’ve adopted (right now it’s the bacon/sriracha/Tesla/Neil Degrasse Tyson/George Takei Facebook stuff, which may cycle out here soon. Only a few years ago it was Ninjas/Pirates/Zombies). Unless you try and dig a little deeper - and even then there will be mixed results - this is generally where their interests, at least from a media consumption perspective, lie. The way your typical 21st century “nerd” will talk about these franchises (and in many cases, life in general) is informed entirely - and I mean all-consumingly - by the internet. Conversations with people who subscribe to the modern nerd lifestyle will inevitably unearth opinions recycled largely from Tumblr and Reddit, to the point where once you’re familiar with the agreed-upon majority opinion of a film, a TV show, a director, an actor, a movie trailer, a comic book, really any piece of media, you can largely predict a self-labeled nerd’s take on any one of these things. Go stand in line for the midnight premiere of a Marvel or Hobbit movie at any local multiplex. You will hear the same Reddit/Tumblr/Well-Worn Internet Opinion On Pop Culture Thing stated and restated many many times over. It is uncanny and, to me, a little unsettling. This is Nerd Culture in 2013.
To get back to the basic question, Nerd Culture does not seem to be interested in substantive or critical discussion of the mass media franchises they enjoy. That isn’t some mega-slam or even an insult; they just want to enjoy this stuff, move on to the next thing and get excited about it with their friends. Attempting to engage them in critical discussion is largely seen as antagonistic criticism of them and isn’t welcomed or encouraged - analyzing or critiquing Marvel/Hobbit/Doctor Who/Joss Whedon stuff is just not really what they’re about. You will be accused of thinking you’re so smart, “overanalyzing” everything, being “unable to just like things”, etcetera and so on. That the modern nerd attitude is to internalize the media you love to the point where any criticism of it is a criticism of you is no small part of this phenomenon. There’s a small attempt to hang on to the idea that “nerds are smart and interested in intellectual things” but even that has been distilled down to children’s television-sized “fun science facts” that get passed around as image memes with Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s face on them, and their interest and engagement with science ends there. And that, in my current experience, is true for *most* people who identify as “nerds” right now.
This is all not to suggest that I’m some high-minded intellectual giant looking down his nose at the plebeian nerds - I watch a lot of this stuff too and certainly keep up with these franchises. But my interest in media has always - as a teenager and then much moreso in college - has always been about analysis, critique, discussion and exploration. I’ve come to accept that it’s a lot more fun to find other people who like to do those things with me than to try and engage a huge group of people who have made it abundantly clear that they have no interest whatsoever in any of that. Anti-intellectual? Maybe, but that’s an uphill battle I’m not going to fight.
10 12 / 2013
The more I think about it, the more it annoys me that tumblr has almost a “selective hearing” about diverse portrays in media. Are women/poc/queer/trans under-represented in media? Very much. Is it wrong to strive for them in media? Not in the slightest. But tumblr is more interested in ranting and raving about the lack of queer/poc/women characters in their DoctorWhoclock darlings, then to actually LEAVE the comfort of their hug-box and go find shows that DO have diversity.
TNT’s fantastic, but sadly canceled Southland, a show about police officers in the LAPD, featured both an African American woman and a gay man as two of their leads. Both were incredibly fantastic characters who were written with heart and urgency and never felt like their characters were put in there to be token minorities.
UK network Sky’s Hit and Miss is the story of a transgendered woman who discovers that she has a son from before her transition and her attempts to raise him.. all while also working as a contract killer. Her character is written as confident and sympathetic and while the dangers of her facing transphobic violence are addressed, her gender identity is never played as a joke.
While I know there are more than just thee two shows to talk about. They’re the two off the top of my head that I watched and was very surprised with their progressive story telling nature and yet, I’ve never heard of anyone in any of my “tumblr” circles bring them up.
Should the new Doctor have been a woman or a person of color? Definitely. But if the fact that the new doctor is a WHITE MAN again, upsets you so much then stop watching the show. Stop watching the show and go find another show other ethnicity, sexes and creeds are shown and portrayed in a way you want to see. Because they do exist. It might mean less gifs on tumblr to reblog and less fanart, but you’d be finding a solid show that portrays the people you want to see.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t keep striving for diversity in shows, but I find that tumblr is too caught up in gnashing their teeth over whatever has offended them in Sherlock to go check out Luther.
Underrepresented characters who show up as leads in shows and are portrayed in a positive, sincere, and non-pandering light, deserve as much praise and acknowledgement as those who do not.