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Sep
9th
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wackd:

This is an actual, real-life conversation I just had with someone I know offline. He’s a member of the school Doctor Who club of which I recently became vice-president and has an odd fixation on telling me, specifically, his views on art.

I call him the Miles worshipper when I discuss him at all, due to his tendency to regurgitate Lawrence Miles blogposts at me. (He has not, for the record, read any actual fiction Miles has written, but is confident that everything he says about art and more specifically about Doctor Who is absolute truth bordering on gospel.) And I do mean at me—he will rarely, if ever, strike up conversation with anyone else in the club. When he posts publicly on the club’s Facebook page he will tag me and only me. This is the first time he’s ever tried to contact me via Facebook messaging, which concerns me and makes me worried more is coming.

He will also, as his opening shot here indicates, occasionally lend this same treatment to shabogangraffiti, and—on rare occasions, and increasingly since he learned I read his blog—philsandifer.

That art should be violent and disconcerting, and that “violent and disconcerting” is at the very heart of the word’s definition, is not something he’s told me before (though he’s a fan of the Sixth Doctor era despite having not seen much of that either, so I should’ve suspected.) Here are some things he has told me before:

  • Plot and characterization are meaningless, and the less of them a show has the better.
  • Art should confuse the viewer.
  • Art should be focused on aesthetic value—cinematography, music, art design, and so forth.
  • Steven Moffat does all of these things, but is still terrible. (The Miles worshipper will often use these things as examples of why Moffat is terrible.)
  • The Celestial Toymaker (which he has seen) is one of the best Doctor Who stories ever. 

I am making this public not out of malice, but because it’s increasingly getting to a point where I have no idea how to respond to him, or if I should even be responding to him at all, and feel like I need to get other people’s opinions on this.

You can’t argue with crazy.

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Sep
7th
Sun
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philsandifer:

freznosravingrants:

willgrahamsstagdo:

eggsuckinguttertrash:

anybody read this?
i didn’t pick it to read right now nah i totes had a change mind so yeah i am reading it, but some input would be kind of nice because, well, it seems a tad odd
the way it’s set up
it was mentioned quite a few times in my internet perusing, and a lot of people were talking about how long/hard (i’ve been reading for 7 months…) of a read it is so of course i had to buy it
and i mean, it’s a big book, gotta be at least 500 pages (i didn’t check) but
just
let me show you




















so yeah
any input you can give me on what i’m getting myself into here would be cool

This is the best book i have ever read, it took months to read it and i couldnt even finish it the second time round, i seriously recomend it though

This is one of my favorite books. So good. I should also mention that the author’s sister is a musician who put out an entire album inspired by the book. Give it a listen.

Ah, House of Leaves. The book that launched a thousand Masters Theses.

I still feel like it falls apart in the middle when they go back to the house after it murders his brother. Why would you ever do that?

philsandifer:

freznosravingrants:

willgrahamsstagdo:

eggsuckinguttertrash:

anybody read this?

i didn’t pick it to read right now nah i totes had a change mind so yeah i am reading it, but some input would be kind of nice because, well, it seems a tad odd

the way it’s set up

it was mentioned quite a few times in my internet perusing, and a lot of people were talking about how long/hard (i’ve been reading for 7 months…) of a read it is so of course i had to buy it

and i mean, it’s a big book, gotta be at least 500 pages (i didn’t check) but

just

let me show you

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so yeah

any input you can give me on what i’m getting myself into here would be cool

This is the best book i have ever read, it took months to read it and i couldnt even finish it the second time round, i seriously recomend it though

This is one of my favorite books. So good. I should also mention that the author’s sister is a musician who put out an entire album inspired by the book. Give it a listen.

Ah, House of Leaves. The book that launched a thousand Masters Theses.

I still feel like it falls apart in the middle when they go back to the house after it murders his brother. Why would you ever do that?

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Sep
6th
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thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

tyleroakley:

THE ACCURACY IS OVERWHELMING.

The most perfect description of Sarah Palin I’ve ever seen O.O;

(Source: sandandglass, via bright-coat-and-bravado)

Sep
3rd
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Anonymous said: Your another fucking mangina who champions Sarkeesian and white knights her against the evil gamers who live in her head and are going to attack her conveniently when she needs some publiciscity which cunts like you are always happyu to provide. Why don't you bother learning something about this issue and about the games she takes out of context and lies about? no youd rather be a fucking white knight in the hopes of gettig some feminist pussy some day.

shabogangraffiti:

Now you just listen to me you nasty little man…

Aside from the fact that Anita Sarkeesian’s journalistic/critical ethics are completely beside the point when it comes to threats and abuse made against her, and also aside from the fact that there is no evidence whatsoever that she has faked any threats (as if she needed to fake new ones!), I can safely say, as someone who knows next to fuck-nothing about video games (I occasionally play free online Tetris - that’s it) that you could watch her videos with the sound muted, and just look at the imagery she quotes via direct clips from games, and all her essential points would be proved. 

Unless someone wants to provide evidence that Sarkeesian has been manufacturing fake scenes featuring the beating up of prostitutes, secretly paying whoever animates computer games to animate her ersatz scenes for her, and then hypnotising people into not noticing that the clips don’t come from the games they play, then the “waaah waaah she takes things out of context waaah” brigade and the “waaaah waaah she’s not a real gamer waaah” posse can fuck off, come back, fuck off again, keep fucking off until they reach the outermost coastline of Fuckoffsville, then fuck off some more, and stay fucked off forever and a fucking day. 

You got that, you odious, pathetic, misogynistic, disingenuous, point-missing, MRA-talking-point-regurgitating, laughably entitled little manchild crybaby wankstain?

Do not bother responding to this.

This.

Correspondence.

Is.

Fucking.

CLOSED.

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beatonna:

Here is a cartoon I did for the Guardian in back in 2012!  Somehow, it has not become irrelevant since that time. 

beatonna:

Here is a cartoon I did for the Guardian in back in 2012!  Somehow, it has not become irrelevant since that time. 

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philsandifer:

shabogangraffiti:

Seems very odd to me that ‘Social Justice Warrior’ is used as an insult, because it sounds like a brilliant thing to be.

A good way of complimenting someone in a way you’ll know they’ll like is to discover what they consider an insult, invert it, and then apply it to them… which means gamers should be delighted to be described as ‘Asocial Injustice Wusses’.

I really need to start a “fuck yeah Jack Graham” tumblr.

Social justice!

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31st
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ericrosenfield said: Crushing and scarring of Mary Marvel worse than Sue Dibny?

philsandifer:

In terms of damage to the character, certainly. I mean, there’s a sense in which I like the retconned rape of Sue Dibny, not because I think comics needed more rape (they needed, and still need, less sexual violence), but because of its odd status as a retcon, which in turn means there are decades of stories with Sue in which she’s a rape survivor, and this matters not a whit to anything she’s doing. I feel about that much like I do about Barbara Gordon as Oracle - the story that caused it to exist is awful, but there’s a neat effect, although, unlike with Oracle, in this case a neat effect that lacks anyone deliberately trying to create it. 

Second, Sue was killed over the course of one issue. It brought her story basically to its conclusion, though applause to the writers of 52 for fixing that up a bit. It’s an ugly end, but it’s an end - you stop looking after it. Ultimately, it was DC deciding this was an expendable character. I think there was more that could have been done with her, but ultimately, she was just violently erased from the books. Awful, but limited.

Whereas the evil dominatrix Mary Marvel was a slow motion car crash over the course of a year, and appeared to be a sincerely held view about how best to revamp the character and make her functional. 

Put another way, Sue Dibny showed what Dan Didio isn’t interested in within DC. Mary Marvel showed what he is.