Sometimes I get too mad to play nice on the internet (In reference to "Romney's Hidden Video")...
H:J, I know you well enough to know that you don't feel entitled. Romney wasn't really given a chance to differentiate between every unique scenario because he was taped without him knowing it. I know a lot of the things I say to people who I know understand where I'm coming from in private I would want a chance to expound on if it was going to be shared publicly to multiple demographics.
Me:I think that the way we carry ourselves should not change because of the group of people we happen to be addressing at the time. I especially do not think that demographics should become a platform (race, income, gender) for significant change (i.e. talking to wealthy people in a private conference vs. the public en masse) because this perpetuates classism. I do however believe that lumping almost half of the people that you are campaigning to represent in a group as being contemptuous free-loaders is a platform that is basically announcing that you have zero intention of upholding democratic principles. I don't want or need a president that shirks his responsibility to his people in favor of bipartisan sensationalism.
H:Are you really saying that dependence on government programs is not a problem? Have you been to Nampa? I think Romney's numbers are off, but the entitlement he is talking about is a huge issue and I understand his discouragement with that particular group of people and their lack of political awareness. As I've said many times... My frustration with this video isn't because I am a huge fan of Romney. It's the same as the Obama speech that all the republicans pounced on and then wouldn't stop saying "yes I did build it!"
It's an inability to look at things objectively and logically regardless of party.
M:I never said that. What I did say is blatantly attacking and misrepresenting a large group of people based upon their voting alignment is unethical. Idaho is one of the most republican states in this country, and according to your testimony, Nampa has a large population of people that are utilizing government funds as they are available to them currently. I think it would be safe to say that most of those people actually view themselves as being republican, just based on voting statistics. So tell me how this statement that 47% of people are victims because they are voting for Barack Obama is not misrepresentation and sensationalist political babble?
H:I don't think it would be safe to say at all. I disagree with your stereotype and furthermore (once again) this isn't about party for me.
Me:But it was for Mitt Romney, and that is the whole point of the public outrage. Also, I wasn't stereotyping I was quoting what you had said. If you mean Idaho being republican, that also isn't my stereotype because voter data is there to back it up.
H:No I think saying that most people utilizing government funds are republican is not factual and this is a countywide problem... Nampa is just where it hit close to home for me personally.
Me:I didn't say that. In fact I was making a statement based entirely off of statistical likelihood. I also was only using Nampa as a specific example because you yourself were utilizing a group of people in Nampa as an example. I recognize that it is a countrywide problem, but Mitt Romney said that people that were voting for Obama were victims and dependent upon government handouts. The Nampa example works on that level because it is likely that a lot of those people that you classify as "depending upon government handouts" are actually going to vote for Mitt Romney. This was only to try and illustrate the ridiculousness of those claims in the first place (that who you're voting for determines economic and social class). Not to mention the fact that we are continuously condemning a group of people that have legitimate claims to governmental welfare because of a connotation that systems to take care of citizens are bad for our country in some way. I agree that there are problems, the only thing that I, and so many others, have been trying to illustrate is that demonizing people is not ever going to be a solution to a problem--alienating half of the population by calling them names and associating them with a negative idea is not something that a candidate for president should do.
Another Giveaway from The Geeky Peacock!
So my friend Molly is at it again, trying to give us awesome things for liking what she does (good deal, n’est pas?).
Check it out!
From Wolf Smoke Studios, here’s an extremely gee-whiz animated short featuring Batman, Catwoman, and Bane running amok in 1930s Shanghai. Hopefully this means more short animations in the style of DC Comics’ Elseworlds line are on the way.
A Heartbreaking Trend of Staggering Idiocy
There are a lot of things that are happening in the geek community right now that are generating a high level of separatism and animosity in the one social group that I felt had a pretty high standard of acceptance and generosity previously.
There has been all of this talk about hot girls pandering to the nerd community and it has reached a level that now dictates that no girl that could be quantified as being attractive in any way has a place within said community.
(Image courtesy of The Internet. A shining example of this nerd elitism based upon appearance.)
I have a friend named Molly McIsaacs who is a wonderful geek—she is kind, hilarious, has a deep and unyielding love for unicorns, comic books, anime, cosplay…and she happens to be gorgeous. She was anonymously attacked about her appearance because the way she dresses apparently doesn’t fit into this previously unknown and continuously unquantifiable “geek dress code”. (As an aside, Molly is also doing a give-away for an adorable cat purse on her blog The Geeky Peacock. She is rad and I highly suggest following her!)
What I remember about being a giant geek is acceptance and an overwhelming number of hugs at any given moment. I remember long arguments over which Doctor is best Doctor, becoming immersed in anything from Tekken to Persona to Mass Effect (or anything in between), laughing ridiculously hard when a group of friends and I decide to design an instance that completely encompasses the poem “The Jabberwocky” from “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” by Lewis Carroll, and clinging to my friends through the most emotional moments in anime history (at least as told by me). It was a thing that was inclusive, even despite the fact that we all have a tendency to be a little bit competitive. There is always going to be drama, and there is always going to be an argument that gets a little out of hand, but what I don’t understand is why people want to draw giant red lines on the ground and put a rift in this wonderful internet/con/life space.
Look at the history of fantasy and science-fiction. Look at the stories of so many self-proclaimed geeks out there. Look at comic books, video games, anime, table-top gaming, EVERYTHING. We are the underdogs. We rose to the top of the world because what we are doing is actually really awesome, and despite the fact that all of these things have continuously been attacked by individuals, the media, academic communities, etc. as being illegitimate, we press forward because we know there is a place for us. We made that place. And I am going to be so disappointed if we successfully destroy that space for ourselves.
Moving up in the world
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Merging my internet domains. Word up!
C:Got home from work to discover someone splattered grapes all over my deck. WHO DOES THAT?
Me:A serial grapist?
B:Maybe someone was just trying to find their raisn d'etre.
forest fires // smoke
lowercasetype:your residence in boise now includes a free sample of eau de campfire. no purchase or actual camping necessary.
malorie_brooke:I knew I wanted to get my backwoods chic on today when I woke up and smelled it in my pillows and hair.
Oh my goodness…this is incredible.
The End of the World Fanclub by Julien Pacaud
Graphic novels are people too!
I was checking out reviews of the graphic novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and became extremely irate at this sentence (which followed a one of five star critique): “I’d love to see this book rewritten, with really developed characters, complex sentences, and rich vocabulary.” First, I want to be clear that I have not yet read the book (it is in my queue), and so I can not vouch for the merit of the story itself. However, what really irritated me was the fact that the reason behind giving such a terrible review of the book was to basically wish it were something other than it is. I am fairly certain that the author/artist decided to base his story around images for a reason. I can’t help but feel that it is another example of people blatantly misunderstanding the comic/graphic novel medium and choosing to place it in a position that is lower than literary fiction. I take offense to this, sir or madam! In fact, my immediate response is to call you a dolt, but as I view Internet trolling to be completely void of any decency, I will just think it to myself (read is: rant about it in my blog). ;)
The Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide agency has won a gold prize in the Effie awards for their hoax “Book Burning Party” campaign, which is credited with saving the public library in Troy, MI. Michigan’s extreme austerity measures and collapsing economy had put the library under threat, and the town proposed a 0.7% tax raise to keep it open. The local Tea Party spent a large sum of money opposing the measure on the grounds that all taxes are bad, so the Burnett campaign reframed the issue by creating a hoax campaign to celebrate the library’s closure with a Book Burning Party a few days after the vote.
The outrage generated by this campaign was sufficient to win the day for the library, as Troy’s residents made the connection between closing libraries and burning books, focusing their minds on literacy and shared community, rather than taxation.
Troy Public Library would close for good unless voters approved a tax increase. With little money, six weeks until the election, facing a well organized anti-tax group who’d managed to get two previous library-saving tax increases to fail, we had to be bold. We posed as a clandestine group who urged people to vote to close the library so they could have a book burning party. Public outcry over the idea drowned out the anti-tax opposition and created a ground-swell of support for the library, which won by a landslide.
(Source: Boing Boing)