Current Times 15

1. Hilary from Prodigies and Monsters  has an article in the new issue of Rhizomes titled “The Becoming-Woman of the Young-Girls: Revisiting Riot Grrrl, Rethinking Girlhood.” It is exactly what you think that it is, and you can read it here. It was interesting and relevant to my interests, and I think that it should be to you as well.

2. Read about the Rorschmap and how it works and what it does. It’s in interesting way of thinking about the spaces that we make with Google maps, and I particularly like the way that the map itself becomes meaningless–a kind of repetition into the void that destroys the utility of the map.

3. I have never seen an episode of Doctor Who, but I do like Christopher Eccleston, and I think this article about why he stopped being the Doctor is so amazing. He didn’t like the politics of the production of the show, and he quit because of it. He protested the way the show was created by quitting, and therefore necessitating the death of a Doctor. Eccleston’s act of protest effected the universe of the show. I think that’s really, really amazing.

4. The Norway killings were terrible, and in response, lots of stores and chains in Norway have banned violent video games, claiming that the killer was influenced by them. This included World of Warcraft, which boggles my mind, but in any case, I think this discussion should be brought up. Christopher Ferguson has this to say about the killings:

“I know it’s a little controversial to say but there’s a certain type of racism in place with these killings,” Ferguson tells Forbes’ John Gaudiosi. “When shootings happen in an inner city in minority-populated schools, video games are never brought up. But when these things happen in white majority schools and in the suburbs, people start to freak out and video games are inevitably blamed. I think that there’s a certain element of racism or ignorance here.”

Read the article. It matters.

5. Emily Chapman says things that I agree with:

I got through my freshman year at a school which is well above average in the amount of writing it requires from its underclassmen without writing a paper longer than 7 pages. I didn’t write a paper in English that was longer than 5. If the liberal arts took a cue from their MSTE brethren and started treating the liberal arts education–at least a little–as if it was a votech environment, I think the respect given to the degrees (as well as actual measurable skills in graduates) would go up. Discussion classes with three-page papers do not do this.

6. Newsarama has an interview with Alan Moore. I still like the guy, even through all the madness, and I find myself agreeing with him. There is a serious lack of innovation and forward-thinking going on in comics, especially at DC, where it seems like the editorial staff are trying as hard as possible to make a painful combination of 1970s continuity fuckery and 1990s stupid business decisions. All the good decisions are being made at Marvel, but even the House of Ideas is guilty of what Moore is talking about:

Like I say, it’s not really a field I think about any more. I think it is probably still in death throes, and they will perhaps continue for a while longer, but I’m kind of somewhere else now, and I don’t have any thoughts about that scene now. I can only say that yes, this doesn’t surprise me. It sounds like the kind of lame reboot that a major comic company might try, but this is fairly endemic across the industry.

This, of course comes on the heels of the news that…

7. Warren Ellis is apparently done with comics for a while.  And I am super okay with that. He’s a great writer, Doctor Sleepless and Planetary are probably my top two comics, but sometimes you just have to retire for a while in order to write a novel about mysterious guns.

8. I read Ennis’ Crossed last week. I think there’s something brilliant there, be on the lookout for a blog post about it soon.


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2 Responses to Current Times 15

  1. Black Steve says:

    I agree with Ferguson’s claims regarding racism, but I have something to add. The reason that video games are never brought up when violence happens among minorities in inner-city schools is because people believe that violent behavior is natural among minorities.

    Double racism.

    • kunzelman says:

      I think that’s Ferguson’s main claim, though; the racism is that minorities are assumed to be violent, and when white people are violent, it’s scapegoated on the media–something outside of their control, something affecting their “normal,” non-violent nature.

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