Archive for February, 2015

Before Jaws hit theaters in 1975, great white sharks weren’t the villains we now believe them to be. But when the movie–which was purely fiction–became a blockbuster, it directly caused humans to seek out and kill sharks, causing widespread population drops in shark species across the board. The influence of that piece of fiction (coincidentally also based on a novel) even coined its own name: The Jaws Effect. When Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was published, it was perceived by the public to be an erotic novel, despite the fact that it told the story of child sexual abuse through the viewpoint of an unreliable narrator. The result? To this day, we refer to sexually precocious teen girls as “Lolitas,” despite the author’s intent. Yes, 50 Shades of Grey is fiction, but fiction isn’t created or consumed in a vacuum. It is influenced by our culture, and influences our culture, and 50 Shades of Grey isn’t an exception. Even though something is “just fiction,” it can still have detrimental effects on society or expose problems that already exist in our perceptions. So when someone says “50 Shades of Grey promotes abuse as romance,” they’re not saying, “50 Shades of Grey is a totally real thing that happened and is a cautionary tale.” They’re saying that this work of fiction is having, or has the potential to create, real world effects.

Jenny Trout, “Get Over It!” How not to respond to critics of 50 Shades of Grey
(via katelouisepowell)

Fiction isn’t created or consumed in a vacuum. It bears repeating.

(via moniquill)

pru, i know you’re into kdrama and i was just wondering if you’ve seen Boys Before Flowers? and if so what do you think of it? i’ve been watching if for a couple episodes and I’m really not into goo joon pyo’s pineapple/croissant hair.

I have hated the Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers property since I first watched Meteor Garden and realized what the endgame pairing was – I don’t think any of the subsequent adaptations have changed that piece, so I haven’t been following them. 

So I Guess This Needs to Be Said

waldorph:

Do not bully the people in that class. Don’t do it to the teachers. Continue to give your two cents, be respectful, but I just had to delete a comment doxxing one of the kids who commented on my fic, and I will delete all of them as they come. 

Guys come on.

So Your Fic is Required Reading: Hahahanope

waldorph:

So, I got to the bottom of why I was getting such weird comments on a relatively obscure fic of mine—it’s required reading in a class being taught, and one of the assignments is to leave a comment on the required reading which is more critical than constructive so that the professors know students are “engaging” with the texts in a way that isn’t just “YAY I LIKED IT.” 

But waldorph, how do you know? Well, one of the teachers of said class commented on my fic, Delilah, which was this week’s required reading, and I was able to track down the syllabus and uncover the assignment which was prompting the flood in my inbox. The comments I received were bizarrely tone-deaf, condescending, rude, and more than that, completely out of step and touch with all fannish norms, and actually prompted me to write a post about concrit and feedback earlier this week.  As soon as she explained that it was a class, and that these were fannish-outsiders, it made sense, as opposed to me assuming someone had recc’d it and I was getting way more backlash than usual on a pretty obscure fic. Unfortunately, I dealt with this all week before one of the teachers stepped in, and that was only when I started receiving flaming trolls.

For this reason, I’ve alerted all of the authors listed on the syllabus that they’re about to experience this because, frankly, I would have appreciated a heads up. I’ve also listed them all below, including the weeks that their works will be reviewed. I think that it might be nice if people could spread this around and leave some positive vibes on these works in particular—some of them are pretty well known and some of them aren’t but I think they all equally deserve support from within the community. Additionally, if you know these authors and can contact them directly, please point them in my direction or in the direction of this post and I can provide them with a little more information. I reached out to everyone, but obviously contact information can be out of date. 

Ultimately, there’s nothing we can do about people examining works that we never meant to be examined in this way. I think we all have to accept that the way fandom gets interacted with is changing, not just the way that we interact with the rest of the world. I do think that as a community we can and should support each other.

Please signal boost this post so that we can get these authors some good vibes. Obviously we’re into the semester already, so I’ve also included works that have already been through this, please be sure to give them love as well. Links under the cut.

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Guys, please be aware that this is happening. 

A professor has assigned the linked list of fanfic as required reading for literary critique; some of her students are jumping into comments; if you’ve gotten weird feedback (out of tone with fandom, dickish, etc), this might be where it’s been coming from. Hat tip to Waldorph for doing the legwork to figure this out, but please take a look to see if you’re on this list, or if you know someone on this list to make sure they’re aware of the situation and can either react or prepare appropriately.

Again, take a look, everyone. Fandom cannot be a guaranteed safe space, but it should not be a source of undesired attention, either. Let’s all look out for each other. 

Take care, my loves. 

mklutz:

This podcast has everyone: Pru, MK, Leupagus, Twentysomething, Merelyn, and The Hoyden, all coming together to experience the great love story of princess toiletbrush and her loyal speed skating space wolf with wings. Also, Sean Bumblebean, King of the Bees.

(So we recorded an episode of slashreport about Jupiter Ascending.)

prostheticknowledge:

Robotic Extrusions

3D printing method developed by Ji Shi uses robotic arm and biomimicry, where the output form is inspired by the structure of spider web for greater strength:

Most of today’s researches and applications of robotic fabrication are limited to replicating human labor and raising efficiency of
manufacturing. However,  in the project of Robotic 6-Axis 3D Printing,
we developed a fabrication strategy learning and emulating the law of
nature (referring to Chinese philosophy “师法自然 “). By studying the
material and structure performance of 3D form in nature, we figured out a
way to incorporate biomimetic fabrication strategy into 3D printing
process. And by designing the special robotic-end effector (Tooling) and
utilizing the great flexibility and accuracy of KUKA robotics, the
biomimetic fabricating process has been fully realized.

More Here

New episode of /report! 505 Naruto

mklutz:

slashreport:

via Slashreport Podcast

experience our shame

There’s a lot of shame.

New episode of /report! 505 Naruto


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East Coast Gazette has a terrible editorial focus and tends to use a lot of ALL CAPS but TOTALLY NOT BECAUSE OF HARRY POTTER. Stories in progress as well as snapshots will be listed in the "box full of snapshots" below, website archive for stories and assorted tomfoolery is glitterati.

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