Apr. 10th, 2012

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Majority of Americans Delusional, Pretty Sure They’ll Never Die
The rise of Eastercon: the SF/fantasy convention with community spirit: Has this really risen? It's like... the longest running con in the world, or one of. Been around decades.
Sunday Sacrilege: Bad without god: meh. The Athiest movement's rhetoric bores me, sorry. Stuff I don't disagree with per se, but the formulation always seems achingly put-upon and kinda sophomoric.
What Twitter Means to Detroit
Intimate Mother-Son Bonds Aren’t Nearly as Creepy as Norman Bates Would Have You Believe
The War Against Youth
CrossFit Meets Inbound: Your Regimen for Rock Hard Marketing Metrics
Lexias: The Fact of a Fiction of a Fact: COULD NOT be more delighted that someone reviewed D'Agata's Lifespan of a Fact in a way that wasn't insultingly stupid.
Jim Henson’s Original Pitch for The Muppet Show Is a Thing of Beauty
Millionaire tax avoiders 'shock' chancellor
Riker Jazz
Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance
Daughters of Prometheus: Reviews of women's SF texts
America’s dream unravels
vow of omerta is a vow of silence, fun fact
ON THE FANFIC/PROFIC DIVIDE: boring and under-thought material poorly delivered. Niceish web design.
Tell Obama And Dodd: No Backroom Dealing, No New SOPA
A Radical Female Hero From Dystopia: Katniss
PR With Benefits: What 'Mad Men' Can Teach Us About Writing Press Releases
Firestation Book Swap in Windsor: There is also cake. Entry is £5 on the door or free if you bake a cake. That cake gets shared around. There is lots of it. Really, lots.
Paying Back Your Friends: A Conversation
How To Write The Great American Novel: Fun shit.
Autism Rises: More Children than Ever Have Autism, but Is the Increase Real?
ASCAP Claiming That Creative Commons Must Be Stopped; Apparently They Don't Actually Believe In Artist Freedom
Arizona Looks to Outlaw Internet Trolling
Canon and Sheep Shit: Why We Fight (I hate the Doctor Who canon like Dawkins hates God):

This is interesting for its points about canon formation, but beyond stupid for its lack of reckoning with canon and narrative causality, world-building and emotional effect. It conflates two *very different* premises, i.e. the open text about which the production team is reserved, not wanting to say anything too massively definitive for fear of restricting narrative possibility, and the text that has no past, and the monster that is the Text With No Past and No Future, like the temporal equivalent of Blanchot's horrifying dictatorial utterance which admits no dialogue or pause, which admits no past of future (NOW is what matters) and thus admits no meaning.

There is a SEVERE different between that understanding of canon and understanding the needs of a story must have their place in a weighing against the needs of curating and furthering a canon. 'Time is in flux', at its extremes, falls firmly into the Immanent Text. I was never bothered by infinite parallel universes as a concept, as Plinkett was re: Star Trek, but this collapses that into one universe, and for me represents not an avant-garde innovative challenge to traditional story-telling, but a hot mess wherein people who don't understand the tensions they're working with as writers prestige a series of darlings and kill everything else. See: ""The audience just hasn't seen the adventure when the Doctor goes back in time and changes that detail." - Steven Moffat, San Deigo, 2008."

Also quoting the lack-ass-luster "Time and Relative Dissertations in Suck" is never going to win friends and influence people. And Orman? REALLY? Orrrrrman?

A lot of the anti-canon rhetoric here seems twee, appropriating literary criticism's terms to play 'I'm more radical than thooooou, man.' Crunchier, too, no doubt.

Sure we in no way need stuff officially reconciled and a taxonomy of canonicity, but like consensus reality, we all adhere to loose definitions of forms/gradients of canonicity in order to speak of the texts we refer to and to contextualize work.

Also: "Something that matters to someone would now OFFICIALLY NOT COUNT." Oh who gives any fucks. If it matters, believe it. I mean I say all this as someone who hasn't watched the last Moffat series out of pure loathing/doesn't really think it counts.

"I Know I'm Lying.

Oh, alright then. There is a Doctor Who canon.

The Doctor defined it in The Gallifrey Chronicles...

"Sherlock Holmes solved the case before I could, as I recall."

"Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character," Trix pointed out.

The Doctor grinned. "My dear, one of the things you'll learn is that it's all real. Every word of every novel is real, every frame of every movie, every panel of every comic strip."

"But that's just not possible. I mean some books contradict other ones and -"

The Doctor was ignoring her." --if this isn't the most tweeeeeeeee, irksome, fanservicy bullshit ever these eyes have seen precious, I will eat my cat. Sorry, cat.

Everyone's a Destroyer of Worlds These Days: Great minds think alike, and so does Chris Chibnall, sometimes.

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