x_los: (Enterprise!Sherlock)
TRIGGER WARNING FOR SOME QUASI-ACADEMIC DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ASSAULT.

WARNING: I finished this at 3am and I'm sure it's rambling and mad, but will edit later. When less... headed to bed.

**EDIT** Cleaned it up a little now, so all shitiness is my own.

On Horatio Hornblower (the Hornblower series), Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek), the Fifth Doctor (Doctor Who) and Kerr Avon (Blakes 7). )
x_los: (Russian Church)
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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x_los: (Xena Could Be More Sconic)
ON THE “FAKE” GEEK GIRL at the Mary Sue

Bit divided on this one because I do think people claim a bs geek cred. God, every time something like the Star Trek movie comes out my mother is a newly-minted FOREVAGEEK!! She was there at the beginning, she OWNS IT TOO YOU KNOW!!, which will never be and has never been true, and which she'll forget in a week. For reference, the only thing my mother did in hs was not the school's Star Trek club, it was pep squad. This is cool, she yearns to be cool, she is annoyed that I am/the world is into something and cannot BEAR not to be in the club. And it is about attention/a sort of hipster glomming-on.

But that's bi-gender? Toby Hadoke mentions something similar with the male people who suddenly HAD ALWAYS YEARNED FOR WHO TO COME BACK OMG!! when New Who was announced.

And like, yes, sometimes: rec the 'Scott Pilgrim I LOVE COMICS!!' kids new things, whoo, and also recognize that not everyone who 'claims' to be a geek is obliged to love everything you do as you love it. Fuck your Cylon references, I haven't watched that show and don't get them beyond what internet osmosis gives me, sorry? But it'd be pretty lolarious if that was enough to 'ungeek' me, given that I'm um, me. But also, let's admit sans-gender that the Pretentious Clueless Young People ARE just annoying (we were annoying if/when we were them), and sometimes doesn't want to Be Edumacated, and sometimes you don't want the pretentious burden of Edumacating them. God, that 'music geek' grandson of one of my granddad's friends who thought Danny Boy was "originally a U2 song". At university age. So embarrassed for you.

And I think this is sort of what the writer intends: that we look at the annoyances and characters of people who do this without gender. The cited "acceptance of geek culture into the mainstream" does make for the dynamic that one of the writers she criticizes mentions: "Girls who genuinely like their hobby or interest and document what they are doing to help others, not garner attention, are true geeks. The ones who think about how to get attention and then work on a project in order to maximize their klout, are exhibitionists." This article's writer responds by saying "And I wish, I really wish, that we as a society were capable of honestly evaluating this sort of thing when it comes to women expressing themselves, and expressing themselves in the internet and other male-dominated arenas. But we’re not."

Foreclosing those judgments because we're somehow unready to make them is impossible and not very desirable. I hear what she's saying, re: 'do we know how to read women honestly?', but how will we develop those skills without responsibly practicing them? I don't like being denied the agency to make these judgments? I mean maybe women DO do this sometimes AS a gendered thing, because they're very conditioned to seek acceptance and attention. But that's symptomatic of patriarchal conditioning/expressing oneself in that context, where your personality is always performative, not a damning indication of the limited potentialities of women.

Also, when the writer speaks of her 'geek culture', it seems very mixed or male-dominated, and thus prone to these fronts and necessitating these judgments, or more heavily involved with chauvinism generally. My almost entirely female geek culture gives me some young poseurs, but not enough that I think of them as a group (well, other than 'Tumblrinas'), and not in the same way? Pretty much boyfandom is a weird shitty dystopian AU we're lucky to be out of. Not ENTIRELY free from, b/c The Masculine always already interpolates our subjectivity even in female-dominated spaces, but you know what I mean.

Also when Florence of 'and the Machine' says she likes that Doctor Who/is a TOTAL GEEK about it because she watched like three episodes of the new series on their airing weeks as it came out and like, kind of cares about what happens: that is fucking annoying. You are just: a normal watcher of television. 'Geek' my ass.

Also, when resistance to people claiming to be competent where they're not/to speak as public figures for discourses they don't participate in is reduced to OMG U R STILL ANGRY SOMEONE PRETTY WAS MEAN TO U IN HS, WHYYYY!! ...what? They weren't, thanks? So, I'm not? I just dislike hypocrisy/fronting? In a slightly less geek setting: if someone claimed in like, a lit class or something to LOOOOVE LITERATURE because they'd read the entirety of that Dan Brown/Stephanie Meyers one, I'd be a bit *equally eyeroll* as the 'Scott Pilgrim comics fan, eh?' people were.

I feel like my ability to comment on normal shit like the ability and character of people I interact with, in life and as public figures, is being undermined by this argument, and that if these other women have prerogatives, then among them is the prerogative to be evaluated honestly for what they say and who they are. I have the prerogative as a female subculture participant to make these judgments for myself, and to verbalize them. The problem then is not criticism, but bad, dishonest criticism.

Tautoko for an Unknown Woman; & for Women Make Movies' online plans
In Praise of Older Books
Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity
Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed
The First Official Look at Our New Carrie Bradshaw in Action
Never Let a Raccoon Into Your Closet, Much Less Your Heart
Free Wifi For London Overground Passengers
Spend a night in a chocolate hotel room: didn't win (booooo)
Ghosts Are Real, At Least In Publishing
How Sorry Is Belvedere Vodka About That Rapey Ad?
You Won’t Just Die Alone — You’ll Be Totally Miserable, Too
Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck
Mad Men: Meet Postpartum Joan
When Your Daughter Thinks She’s an Anime Doll and Talks to Creepy Guys Online
Moving to Martha’s Vineyard: Living the Dream ...and Learning to Love the Reality
The Burden of Proof: Black Children and the Rejection of Innocence
Poverty Pickets Get Paper-Bag Dousing On Madison Avenue; POVERTY PICKETS GET A DOUSING
Cape of Many Colors
Worst Vogue Article Ever Will Now Become Worst Memoir Ever
Journalist Shocked — Shocked! — to Learn That Newspaper’s Society Writer Is Actually an ‘Active Stripper’
A Character-By-Character Guide to Race in The Hunger Games
Downton Arbys
What Should Little Girls Be Made Of?
Miss Piggy's Fashiuon tips: a shame because it's just a short joke, when like, I would *happily read a blog of this*
Lena Dunham’s Girls and the Rise of the Female Slacker
I See White People: Hunger Games and a Brief History of Cultural Whitewashing
Annie, Get Your Pretty Gun: The NRA Is on Pinterest
Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade: Sun Tzu thing kind of twee, but effective, like the phrase 'tactless warfare'
Poor Woman Ostracized for Putting Daughter on Extreme Diet in Worst Vogue Article Ever
Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled Because Parents Can’t Be Trusted to Act Like Adults
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Charged With ‘Aggravated Pimping’
Beef Pho
Arthur C. Clarke Award 2012 Shortlist
‘I’m so vain…I always think this song is about me…’
We Don't Want Everything For Free. We Just Want Everything
x_los: (On A Ship)
On Women’s Rights: Yeah, Yeah, Blah, Blah, Blah. Whatever.
Men Will Never Truly Understand A Day In The Life of Women. But Shouldn’t We Try?
Women are Prescribed More Drugs But Take Less of Them
Judge Chooses Pi Day To Reject Lawsuit Over Attempt To Copyright Pi As A Song
The Story of the Most Common Bird in the World: Why do we love what is rare and despise what is all around us?

"At the moment at which Mao decided to kill the sparrows, there were hundreds of millions of them in China (some estimates run as high as several billion), but there were also hundreds of millions of people. Mao commanded people all over the country to come out of their houses to bang pots and make the sparrows fly, which, in March of 1958, they did. The sparrows flew until exhausted, then they died, mid-air, and fell to the ground, their bodies still warm with exertion. Sparrows were also caught in nets, poisoned and killed, adults and eggs alike, anyway they could be. By some estimates, a billion birds were killed. These were the dead birds of the great leap forward, the dead birds out of which prosperity would rise.

Of course moral stories are complex, and ecological stories are too. When the sparrows were killed, crop production increased, at least according to some reports, at least initially. But with time, something else happened. Pests of rice and other staple foods erupted in densities never seen before. The crops were mowed down and, partly as a consequence of starvation due to crop failure, 35 million Chinese people died. The great leap forward leapt backward, which is when a few scientists in China began to notice a paper published by a Chinese ornithologist before the sparrows were killed. The ornithologist had found that while adult tree sparrows mostly eat grains, their babies, like those of house sparrows, tend to be fed insects. In killing the sparrows, Mao and the Chinese had saved the crops from the sparrows, but appear to have left them to the insects. And so Mao, in 1960, ordered sparrows to be conserved (replacing them on the list of four pests with bedbugs). It is sometimes only when a species is removed that we see clearly its value. When sparrows are rare, we often see their benefits; when they are common, we see their curse."

"In 1889, just 49 years after the introduction of the birds, a survey was sent to roughly 5,000 Americans to ask them what they thought of the house sparrows. Three thousand people responded and the sentiment was nearly universal: The birds were pests. This land became their land too, and that is when we began to hate them."

The GM genocide: Thousands [an estimated 125,000] of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops

"But GM salesmen and government officials had promised farmers that these were 'magic seeds' - with better crops that would be free from parasites and insects.
Indeed, in a bid to promote the uptake of GM seeds, traditional varieties were banned from many government seed banks.

The authorities had a vested interest in promoting this new biotechnology. Desperate to escape the grinding poverty of the post-independence years, the Indian government had agreed to allow new bio-tech giants, such as the U.S. market-leader Monsanto, to sell their new seed creations.

In return for allowing western companies access to the second most populated country in the world, with more than one billion people, India was granted International Monetary Fund loans in the Eighties and Nineties, helping to launch an economic revolution.

But while cities such as Mumbai and Delhi have boomed, the farmers' lives have slid back into the dark ages. [...] Far from being 'magic seeds', GM pest-proof 'breeds' of cotton have been devastated by bollworms, a voracious parasite.

Nor were the farmers told that these seeds require double the amount of water. This has proved a matter of life and death."

"Officials also point to surveys saying the majority of Indian farmers want GM seeds - no doubt encouraged to do so by aggressive marketing tactics.

During the course of my inquiries in Maharastra, I encountered three 'independent' surveyors scouring villages for information about suicides. They insisted that GM seeds were only 50 per cent more expensive - and then later admitted the difference was 1,000 per cent.

(A Monsanto spokesman later insisted their seed is 'only double' the price of 'official' non-GM seed - but admitted that the difference can be vast if cheaper traditional seeds are sold by 'unscrupulous' merchants, who often also sell 'fake' GM seeds which are prone to disease.)"

"But the debt does not die with her husband: unless she can find a way of paying it off, she will not be able to afford the children's schooling. They will lose their land, joining the hordes seen begging in their thousands by the roadside throughout this vast, chaotic country.
Cruelly, it's the young who are suffering most from the 'GM Genocide' - the very generation supposed to be lifted out of a life of hardship and misery by these 'magic seeds'."

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained: How did a kid armed with Skittles and an ice tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn't police detain shooter George Zimmerman?
On Fandom and Ownership:

I really strongly disagree with this and think there's a blindingly obvious legal-custom rationale in the Public Figure and paid vs. gift economy breakdowns, not to mention on the Death of the Author/Entering Culture/Writing Traditions side. Also, fuck, Marx, and whether property rights reside with the people who own the land or the people who work it, and his successors on whether that's actually a more nuanced question. I'm actually shocked none of this has entered the text, though it may well show up in the comments.

I'd agree that there's a lack of consensus on monetization of fanworks, but I'd argue that part of that is due to internalization of disdain for fanwork that's present in a lot of fan-discourse, including this article.

This, in particular: "(Sure, it was supposed to be sold at cost, which was an distinction the law wouldn't recognize: the question is money changing hands, not the percentage of profit.)" seems wrong, because the law certainly recognized NFP models, so selling at cost--also fuck me sideways with a banana if there isn't tort for 'selling to recoup costs but not for profit' as a concept.

"Fandom is supposed to be outside the market economy; but the truth is that the medium of exchange is all that's different." I think this is partly true, but grossly over-simplifies the breaks and ruptures and complications inherent in something being 'outside' the economy. It also doesn't take advantage of Tiziana Terranova's breakdown of late capitalism's capacity to subsume gift economy into itself and use it as an engine of capitalism, which Olga Goriunova touches on re: Creative Commons and, briefly, lj, and which I think would deepen what's currently a relatively flaccid economic inquiry.

It's probably not really fair to get angry about this because I wrote a thesis on discourses of legitimacy in fic and big papers this year on people's relationship with and right to 'national epics' and on gift economies and internet crafting communities, and as such I have TOO MANY FEELINGZ!! on the issue. And I can't expect someone else to have pretty much done an MA on this before posting meta. I'm sorry, that sounds pretentious. I don't mean 'omg no one understaaaandz fandom like Iiii dooooo' at all, just: I've recently done work on similar subjects in an academic context with due rigor, and going 'this meta is not going to get a Distinction, is it?!' is a bit beside the point and dumb.

"Fanvids are prettier, higher quality, and more convenient on dvd." Seriously though, *what*?

Also who wrote this section on vid distribution, the Henry Jenkins ChairGhost of Christmas Past?

Also: zero discussion of fanwork communities as sites of creative engagement and fic not being born of immaculate creative isolation: annoying me.

Also I don't think this point about the zeitgeist is correct: what about Blanket Permission for podficcers as a concern?

"It also may vary depending on how much the final product is valued; if BNF Jane rips off a few paragraphs of Newbie Mary's PWP and turns it into a 30,000 epic, it's possible the bulk of the fandom just won't care about the theft, if Jane's story is sufficiently popular. Again, perceived benefit to the community may outweigh the plagiarized fan's equitable interests."--Disagree, I think that people's relationship to the work and the writer would be complex and accommodate for this problematic development, esp. if BNF attempted to conceal or repudiate the borrowing.

"and where there are no real penalties at this time for most of that behavior, and where the benefits accruing to this behavior are real (if not large)." Disagree on both: the penalties of being excluded and/or judged to be without artistic and personal merit are as large as they are in any artistic field. The lack of money doesn't change how people psychologically relate to their friends and creative products into like, the Coke Zero of Feelingz. This is that old lie about the internet fostering lesser/fake social relationships, which has proven to be a position of digital-phobia rather than an honest evaluation of the capacity of these social networks.

I would say that I sooort of agree with her about the implied change re: attribution/gift economy functioning with the advent of tumblr, but not in the way it's framed per se.

Feel like I'm constantly having repetitive arguments about this and copyright that are pointless because I'm trying to bridge a basic mutual incomprehension/we fail to agree on basic premisses, and everything is pointless and sucks. It's one of those really arrogant moments where you feel that if people understood what you were saying, they'd omg HAVE to agree with you!!, which is obviously kind of a shitty thing to think.

the Dear Author series on Fanfic I thought would be gaggingly bad is gaggingly bad: THRILL!! to people who do not know what the fuck they are talking about use your terms!! HOLY FUCK, watch pro RoMo writers embarrass themselves by whining about modern concerns infiltrating Georgian/Regency period work and never mention Georgette Heyer!! ENJOY?! a no-mention of Jane Austen Book Club where it would totally and usefully deepen a boring-ass breakdown of Austenalia!! Never respect!! these people ever again, if you did previously!

"When ZatB was fan fiction, that doesn’t need to be explained. But in original fiction, the way a character speaks has to come from somewhere and the P2P author was, in this case, too close to her source to know to explain that when she was publishing it as original fiction."

...or she just needed a competent editor of any kind. That too.

God this whole article reeks of a terror of being 'had' or 'fobbed off' on something that seems really insecure. Idk guys, lit doesn't come with disclaimers, fucking deal with it, swim with the sharks, google and be wrong sometimes. Honestly. There's a buried point in here about whether reading a work in juxtaposition with its source text can enrich it and whether 'FotSN' does violence to the text, but these are not the people not have it.

God I am going to puke allllllll over the Fanfic As Incubator paradigm. Bring it to me: I have some puke for it. Someone say 'developing' and 'craft' in a sentence near me, I dare you. Apologies in advance if you were talking about, idk, scrimshaw.

"Conflict and suspense. It’s very hard to introduce this in fanfic, because conflict and suspense rely on CHANGE, and fanfic writers 1) often don’t want to truly change the characters they love 2) even if they do, their audience may not accept the change."

Ahahahah run that by me again, precious?

Yeah there ARE some differences between writing original and writing fic, but again, getting a clear sense you're not the droids I am looking for, and much like Watto, I am immune to Jedi mind tricks/a Jewish stereotype (that's 'Watto is a', not 'they deployed a').
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.


x_los: (Andrae?)
I'm pretty concerned that the following [livejournal.com profile] aralias podfics:

Wonderwall (30.27)
A List of the Lost (19.34)
When We Were Six (10.23)
Insensible (5.09)
Complications in the Plot (2.16)
Society Offenders (8.25)
Waterloo (8.57)

Come to Utopia (17.29)
Sartorial Differences (12.10)
San Francisco Dues (7.36)
Herding Cats: audio (4.18)
Time Lords Made Us Do It: audio (5.40)
THANKS TU!

THANKS TO TU FOR TAKING OUT MANY OF THEM!

may be lost, as they were only featured on megaupload and fileshare, and the later expired, and the former, well. I'm pretty sure she didn't have storage space for backups. Apparently I have Wonderwall, but it looks like ONLY part 1, not the full 30 min file, which I presume includes the sequel, "Masterplan"? Please let me or her know and send them along or something, if you have them?

It just enrages me that there's no redress for anyone at all affected? For people who put up things in good faith, and have now lost them/maybe don't have alternate copies? Because maybe fanfic's in a shady place, but it's not for profit--and I am willing to bet that a TON of podfic got killed, and can't ever be re-accessed, b/c it's by people who didn't have room for the files on their computers, or who have left fandom and can't be reached.
x_los: (On A Ship)
Nerds And Male Privilege: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2011/12/nerds-and-male-privilege/
Nerds And Male Privilege Part 2: The Arguments: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/01/nerds-and-male-privilege-part-2-the-arguments/comment-page-2/#comments


I like these articles, but find it a bit weird that people seem to think women aren’t already HEAVILY involved in geek culture/fandom. They are, hugely, they just don’t hang out at the same cons/stores–what’s livejournal and such if not an intensely female dominated fandom space? It’s actually a bit marginalizing how otherwise interesting articles about sexism in geek culture sometimes, in the service of defining the scale of the problem, speak as though these communities don’t exist, when they’re MASSIVE. Other than less sexism in the source canons (which we can all get behind because it’ll just produce better and more nuanced texts) and in places of buying geeky items (though I think Geek Ladiez mostly get that shit done online), is the end goal greater integration with geek male circles? Judging from a LOT of these commenters… why would we want that? :/

That said, I'm sorry if your fandom of choice means like, a lot of online gaming!! interaction with the male masses, because that's GOT to suck, and it does burn me that there's a massive pay and legitimacy gap between the activities of male and female fandom SMOF types.
x_los: (Andrae?)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/143758 : the single best Beowulf/Old Spice Commercial crossover I have read today, nay, this week!

"Scorning arms
He spoke these words: / "Look upon me.
Now upon yourselves. / Again upon me.
You are not me." / Deep his voice
Like thunder's cry / or breath of God.
Woe to the warriors! / How they trembled!"
x_los: (Russian Church)
**EDIT** Have you read this: http://norsekink.livejournal.com/3231.html?thread=6408607#t6408607 , a HILARIOUS Avengers fic wherein Steve *hates* text messaging? It's well lulzy.

Having accidentally stumbled across a very very pretty Thor fanvid for Set Fire To The Rain, I clicked over to [livejournal.com profile] norsekink, and er, in the past day I may or may have read like half of it? Wtf, I didn't even like that movie much.

Though I did lol at:

"Fact: Loki is God of Mischief

Fact: Sleipnir, a HORSE, is Loki's son.

Ergo, new fact: Sleipnir is, in fact, BAD HORSE!"--sure, why not? It makes as much sense as anything else re: magic horse babies.

This is just proof of the DESPERATE SHIT I will do to avoid PhD aps. Even opening the document labeled 'PhD meeting' with the names of people I need to *look up* to apply to as advisors fills me with nauseous fear. I REALLY need to woman up today--clean the kitchen and bedroom *briskly* and then get on with researching. I've wasted so much time this week just wall-staring. Not even like, procrastinating by watching something I want to watch, or getting personal writing done, but fuck all. I mean I've managed to get that review into the magazine I write reviews for, get registered to a conference, do Shalka shit and domestic chores, but it's under par. I don't know why applications are my kryptonite. I can't DO anything until I finish them, though, I know they're top priority. I have these letters to get out, Shalka edits to process, a script to write, and this week's job aps to do. Get a *grip*, woman.

Katy's cut her hair today: woe. It's her own choice, obviously, her body and all that, but I really really like her long hair, and am prepared to be sad/slip hair-growth hormones into her food surreptitiously. I'm sure it looks fine, too, just--long hair is so flowy/classic/romantic. I prefer it on self and others. When my aunt chopped off all my male baby cousin's
bright copper curls so he'd look more mannish I felt it was a crime against aesthetics.

Eating the red curry we made earlier, having some coffee. Then cleaning and Getting Ap Shit Done.
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Just registered to go to a SUPER EXCITING ACADEMIC CONFERENCE with Paul Cornell!! EEEEEEE PAUL CORNELL OMG OMG--sorry, sorry, I just registered for this. PLEASE LET THERE STILL BE SPOTS OPEN, I LOVE HIM. By which I mean to say mature, not-squeaky things indicative of an admiration for his talent, wit and probity. (http://genrefictionsymposium.co.uk/index.html)

http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2011/09/alfred-hitchcock-distinguishes-mystery.html : Hitchcock talking about the difference between Mystery and Suspense, how they work, and why suspense is in his opinion superior. Moffat, please watch. :(

http://mina-de-malfois.livejournal.com/ : The Mina de Malfois series starts as an absolutely hilarious modern femme!Jeeves (Arc) and Wooster (Mina) wherein Bertie writes fic and Jeeves is an archivist, and has laugh-out-loud amazing lines and a pretty pleasing strong sense of Mina/Arc femme slash:

"The PB/J shippers, or ‘Sammiches’ as they liked to call themselves,
saw the eventual union of PrincessB and Jab as an example of the
purity of love, the value of friendship, the dignity of the working class,
the need to resist base physical lust, and a bunch of other high-flown
ideals I’d been unable to follow. They were a cheery, in-joke-prone,
kindly lot, strewing their every message with smiley-faces and *hugs*,
which made it all the more unnerving when you caught them calling 22
their opponents a bunch of jackbooted perverts who should have been
aborted directly after conception. Watching the Sammiches turn on
their foes was like reaching the end of the rainbow and finding a pot of
broken glass and infectious syringes."


Re: a character playing a ghost:

"‘I can’t hire her. I mean, would you want to hang around Sanguinity
with a lunatic?’ I went on.
‘Whither thou goest,’ she typed. A chilling phrase, but she’d spelt
‘ghost’ wrong, though I tactfully refrained from pointing this out. ""

I feel it kind of looses its way as it goes on, becoming more about the game-world, the wider cast, and a perplexing and diffuse array of romantic relationships and plot threads that don't really go anywhere. I feel like the collapse into I AM NOW A STORY ABOUT THE GAMEWORLD thing has happened to something I've read before, or a few things, though I can't pin down with what. Interestingly the story falls apart a *bit* like Boy Meets Boy did. At two points I've had eye-narrowing moments when a character said something weird and stupid about The Nature Of Authorial Intent. I'm not finished yet, just midway through the third 'book', but while I feel the latter two lack some of the strength of the first, they're still v. decent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Daly : a somewhat batty (issues re: transpeople and 'female supremacy') but v. interesting feminist theorist Tweedy mentioned that I didn't know

http://www.trickster.org/symposium/symp186.htm : an article on power issues involved in BNFdom, from an interesting archive of such articles

http://boticca.com/jewelry/ : a cool jewelry site, with a REALLY wide range of sorts of jewelry, that Katy sent me

Stuff I am listening to atm:







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I have to acknowledge here, as I will in the actual thesis, the work of Jon, Katy, Nadja, Jade and innocentsmith in helping me work through bits of this essay. The current state is choppy as fuck, and I haven't had time to make all of Jon and Nadja's smaller revisions yet as I was mostly interested in getting the structure hammered together, but I can do, now that I'm posting. My friends are fucking invaluable and brilliant.

I'm still plugging in footnotes and seeking/plugging in quotes, but this is D3 of the paper due at the end of next Friday. I'm still open for MAJOR revisions, but problematically, even w/out the quotes and footnotes all in place, it's already 2,000 over, so I'm going to have to majorly shave flab to win the ability to squeeze in anymore points. Already a long discussion of how stupid anti-Stratfordians sound and the X-Men films' discussion of 'mutant' status as homosexuality have been ditched, not to mention an illustrative point about the Eight audio "Living Legend" and the Eleven episode "The Lodger".

I figure I'll accommodate any comments form y'all, the quotes and footnotes, maybe some prose tidying from Katy, and the PhD student's comments when she gets back to me, and have D4 up in a few days, in time for Katy and the Intarwebz to vet it before it goes to my supervisor for a check (so D5 and D6/Final, I guess).


Draft 3 )
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I BEASTED my Google Calendar. It's so /rich with data/ now. Share if you dare!! Also have a pie Katy and I made earlier:


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Sep. 4th, 2010 01:10 am
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I'm not panicky, but I now have mirror!imported!journals on dreamwidth for x_los and x_losfic.

While I'm not too fused about privacy /personally/, I don't like the idea that, for example, half a private b_e mods discussion could be shoved in people's faces because a link was dropped referencing the behavior we're talking about. My decision to mirror is mostly about Fandom Exodus Potential, backup-safety and slight 'well, lj are douches, anything could happen'-ness. I've been on lj six years and am still based there, I just have this alternative back-up option now as well. Friend me if you're there and wish to. :)
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So I'm doing a bit of a Fic Of My Childhood tour today. I've loved a lot of Stuff Avec Developed Fandoms over the years, but few fandoms are as venerable and well developed as Sherlockiana.

Today, I remembered The Case of the Haunted Hospital! I used to LOVE this fic! Warning: you will have to descend into the pit of voles for this one.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/524944/1/The_Case_of_the_Haunted_Hospital

Ah, Victorian Prose (tm). Ah, the rich waft of English Cheese--not rare, no, but pure. I still smiled while rereading this--but now I wonder if the issue that sparks the confrontation--i.e. that Holmes is regularly condescending and it demeans and emasculates Watson, who's a perfectly clever, brave man, deserving of respect and decent treatment--should have been further dealt with. The Revelation!!-->sex arc is a clear one, but has Holmes been behaving in this way because:

1) that's just how he rolls--it's social awkwardness, he treats everyone like this?
2) Because he cares for Watson and thus expects him to be operating on his level intellectually and gets frustrated when he isn't?
3) Because he feels like the one more invested in their relationship (as his stated annoyance about the marriage would suggest, and indeed Watson's willingness to marry at all in the fic's universe), and is cruel or demeaning to maintain emotional parity?

If it's the last, then he'll be able to ease up now that Happy Ending has been reached. If it's the first two, it'll only become more of a strain on Watson in the light of the changes that have taken place by the fic's end.

Also, there can't be enough uses of the word 'catamite.' ...well okay, any use is possibly too many. BUT STILL!

Though:

"For I don't believe I should be able to stop if this proceeds any further." --god, fic trope--why so stupid? It has been said before*, but: MY PENIS IS LIKE A LOCOMOTIVE, AND WHEN YOU LET IT CHUG-A-LUG ALONG YOUR TRACKS, WHY, THERE IS NO STOPPING IT!! THOSE WHO GET IN THE WAY MEET TERRRRRRIBLE FATES!! BENEATH THE NEVER-CEASING WHEELS OF MY LOVE...

I guess the root appeal of it is that it depicts desire as overwhelming and denaturing--very Sublime. There is an uncomfortable connotation of rapey-ness here, but that's been discussed before, and better, by others. And why talk about that already dealt-with aspect when we can talk about Bad Art? There are surely more interesting ways to talk about the ways desire has undone a highly ordered character like Holmes--sex is always an alien experience to someone who hasn't ever had it (as the fic implies Holmes has not). And on top of the essentially overwhelming introduction of sexuality in taboo conditions in a highly sex-negative society, you have a character who might feel his very identity challenged by the introduction of a sexual relationship--even one he really wants--into his life.

I don't know why feeling he COULD NOT STOP his locopenis would not TERRIFY Homles-the-intensely-self-directed-control-freak even more than it could Wanton Watson over there (who after all Knows the Ladies of Three Continents...).

* In terms of criticism, not in terms of 'this is a thing many (fictional) ladiez say about my (meta-fictional)** penis.'

** It is a fictional penis ABOUT a fictional penis!! Sometimes I am so deep I give myself the bends.
x_los: (like Ace Rimmer)
So I'm doing a bit of a Fic Of My Childhood tour today. I've loved a lot of Stuff Avec Developed Fandoms over the years, but few fandoms are as venerable and well developed as Sherlockiana.

Today, I remembered The Case of the Haunted Hospital! I used to LOVE this fic! Warning: you will have to descend into the pit of voles for this one.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/524944/1/The_Case_of_the_Haunted_Hospital

Ah, Victorian Prose (tm). Ah, the rich waft of English Cheese--not rare, no, but pure. I still smiled while rereading this--but now I wonder if the issue that sparks the confrontation--i.e. that Holmes is regularly condescending and it demeans and emasculates Watson, who's a perfectly clever, brave man, deserving of respect and decent treatment--should have been further dealt with. The Revelation!!-->sex arc is a clear one, but has Holmes been behaving in this way because:

1) that's just how he rolls--it's social awkwardness, he treats everyone like this?
2) Because he cares for Watson and thus expects him to be operating on his level intellectually and gets frustrated when he isn't?
3) Because he feels like the one more invested in their relationship (as his stated annoyance about the marriage would suggest, and indeed Watson's willingness to marry at all in the fic's universe), and is cruel or demeaning to maintain emotional parity?

If it's the last, then he'll be able to ease up now that Happy Ending has been reached. If it's the first two, it'll only become more of a strain on Watson in the light of the changes that have taken place by the fic's end.

Also, there can't be enough uses of the word 'catamite.' ...well okay, any use is possibly too many. BUT STILL!

Though:

"For I don't believe I should be able to stop if this proceeds any further." --god, fic trope--why so stupid? It has been said before*, but: MY PENIS IS LIKE A LOCOMOTIVE, AND WHEN YOU LET IT CHUG-A-LUG ALONG YOUR TRACKS, WHY, THERE IS NO STOPPING IT!! THOSE WHO GET IN THE WAY MEET TERRRRRRIBLE FATES!! BENEATH THE NEVER-CEASING WHEELS OF MY LOVE...

I guess the root appeal of it is that it depicts desire as overwhelming and denaturing--very Sublime. There is an uncomfortable connotation of rapey-ness here, but that's been discussed before, and better, by others. And why talk about that already dealt-with aspect when we can talk about Bad Art? There are surely more interesting ways to talk about the ways desire has undone a highly ordered character like Holmes--sex is always an alien experience to someone who hasn't ever had it (as the fic implies Holmes has not). And on top of the essentially overwhelming introduction of sexuality in taboo conditions in a highly sex-negative society, you have a character who might feel his very identity challenged by the introduction of a sexual relationship--even one he really wants--into his life.

I don't know why feeling he COULD NOT STOP his locopenis would not TERRIFY Homles-the-intensely-self-directed-control-freak even more than it could Wanton Watson over there (who after all Knows the Ladies of Three Continents...).

* In terms of criticism, not in terms of 'this is a thing many (fictional) ladiez say about my (meta-fictional)** penis.'

** It is a fictional penis ABOUT a fictional penis!! Sometimes I am so deep I give myself the bends.

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