controlling the narrative

everybody is accountable for the fate of the people of aleppo at this hour. time is blood. call your russian and iranian embassies to voice your opposition to the bombings. call your congressional representative and ask them to support the end to the genocide. call your parliamentary representative and ask them to support the end to the genocide. organize protests and rallies and sit-ins. stay informed and inform those around you. listen to actual syrians speaking as they fight for their lives inside aleppo (not assadist propagandists). aleppo doesn’t truly “fall” until everybody in the world falls silent on the massacre. syrians’ desperate pleas for freedom and democracy are still viable until everybody in the world forgets about us. this extermination continues until the international community takes accountability for its continuing allowance and support for assad + collaborators’ actions. every single person’s voice counts. if the martyrs’ cries for freedom are not kept alive, they will have died in vain.

This book is a fascinating piece of world building, both for what’s in it and what’s not.  There is only one pro-Jedi Republic-era poster in here and, according to the book, it was produced but never used. Apparently the Chancellor and the Jedi Council both decided not to make the Jedi the face of the Republic war effort.  Instead, the helmeted clone trooper, those ‘boys in white,’ ended up as the Republic’s literal poster boy. This move makes complete sense from Palpatine’s perspective. It’s a lot harder justifying the extermination of the Jedi Order to the public if they’ve spent the last 3+ years being galactic heroes.  Apparently the Jedi objected to the poster because they didn’t want to glorify the war or their role in it.  Instead, they sacrificed control of the narrative and that narrative became consistently negative.

Vote for the military creation act because the only thing between you and oblivion is the Jedi and they haven’t exactly done the best job securing Peace and Justice lately. Even before the war, people felt failed by the Jedi.  They didn’t have the resources or, let’s be honest, the will to deal with slavery or other forms of oppression endemic to the Outer Rim.  They were distant and inscrutable and the vast majority of the galaxy had never seen one.  In fact, the most famous Jedi before the war was Dooku, an ex-Jedi who was decidedly anti-Republic. Could the Jedi really be trusted to protect them and the Republic, the poster asks. No, vote to create a standing army to defend the Republic from the Separatist threat.

Meanwhile, the Separatists were churning out stuff like this which showed the Jedi as menacing forces actively oppressing the people.  They are terrifying and keep cutting off people’s hands.  Oh, won’t someone please save us from them!

Interestingly enough, the complete lack of pro-Jedi propaganda during the war undermines the ‘Hero Without Fear’ narrative from the RotS novelization. It is, however, consistent with the way Anakin and the Jedi were portrayed in the Clone Wars series which is to say, largely anonymously. He was well known within the Order, but a sitting senator had no clue who he was beyond his role as generic Jedi. 

Anakin wasn’t a poster boy.  The Jedi weren’t poster boys. No one knew them, not really.  They were distant, inscrutable, and ineffectual. They were powerful and strange and terrifying. No wonder no one said boo when the Chancellor accused them of trying to over throw the government. No wonder no one mourned them when they were gone.

terra from teen titans is still one of the most well-written antiheroines i’ve ever come across. she was allowed to be charming and funny, spiteful and angry. everything about her motivations was understandable, and we could see the layers of abuse and manipulation that led her down her path. her redemption was entirely in her hands but still a fragile thing, and she carried so much guilt and remorse that she was unreachable in a way that tragic villain boys often are. that’s why i love her so much. female characters don’t often get to be everything that makes villains so interesting to me. she was never polished down to being simply evil for the fun of it or a victim trapped by circumstance. she’s the wise-cracking tenderhearted asshole who’s afraid of letting people get close to her. she’s the witch girl with powers she can’t control but who still maintains complete control of her narrative agency. her story is a tragedy not because of how it affects other characters but because she herself continues to struggle under the weight of her decisions and failures. her triumphs sing and she is so, so human and i’m just glad she exists.

Just Jack

listen…..i have zero good excuses for this. when i saw this prompt in my inbox, i just couldn’t stop writing for some reason.

summary: Jack Zimmermann, NHL Superstar of the Providence Falconers, is on the verge of coming out as gay. His team’s PR Team insists he establishes a social media presence before he does so that he can better control the narrative after. The only problem? He totally has a crush on the consultant they hire to help him. ao3

            “Listen, I mean this in the nicest possible way, but my job here is to convince people that you have some basic emotions about things that aren’t hockey,” Eric Bittle said from across the table. He was dressed smartly in slacks and a printed button-down that pulled across his biceps appealingly. Jack was having a hard time focusing on anything else. “We all know the Jack Zimmermann ‘story’, but no one really knows just Jack. Does that make sense?”

           “Just Jack?” he asked, blinking at Eric.

          “You know.” Eric waved encouragingly. “What you do in off-season or what you do with your friends on days off. What do you do when you’re not being Jack Zimmermann, NHL player?”

           Jack stared at him blankly. He remembered all of the times that he had to swallow the bile at the back of his throat when someone joked that he was a hockey robot, but for the life of him, he couldn’t remember when the last time was that he went out with friends that weren’t also teammates.

           Eric sighed, probably taking his silence for intransigence instead of genuine dumbfounded-ness.

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OK PEOPLE…..I am tired of leafy vegetables, local supermarkets, blonde wannabes and the people pushing this bullshit. Time to show these dickwads what true love looks like, and time to get back to SAM and CAIT! So raise your glass and see who really controls this narrative.

SHIP ON!!!😜😎🛳💑💗💗💗

Vax’s Walk of Shame

I was just rewatching the VOD for Talks Machina this week. And near the end of the episode (at the 1:24:25 mark on the Twitch VOD), when they were discussing how they had little control over the narrative, Liam brought up the walk of shame and how Vax didn’t want Vex to know that he and Keyleth had slept together.

What’s funny is that Liam and Marisha TALKED ABOUT IT PRIOR TO THE MOMENT ITSELF. By that, I mean that they were discussing as to who should be the one sneaking out of the other’s room, with Vax doing so because there was no way he could fail… and then the double 1s. And then the secret was out immediately!

A good example of how the dice can determine the narrative.

But again, I find it funny that both of them were in on it and no one else knew what was coming. No wonder Marisha had that grin on her face when Liam said that Vax was sneaking out of her room.

That was clever, you two. Well-played.


What are some misconceptions about being a strong woman?

SOLANGE: Oh my God, they’re endless! [laughs] One thing that I constantly have to fight against is not feeling arrogant when I say I wrote every lyric on this album. I still have not been able to say that. That’s the first time I’ve actually ever said it, because of the challenges that we go through when we celebrate our work and our achievements. I remember Björk saying that she felt like, no matter what stage in her career, if a man is credited on something that she’s done, he’s going to get the credit for it. And, unfortunately, that still rings true. It’s something I’ve learned so much about from you, getting to be in control of your own narrative. And, at this point, it should be an expectation, not something that you’re asking permission for. I feel like I’m getting closer to that, not taking on all the baggage when I have to just stand up for myself and say, “No, I’m uncomfortable with that.” And I really appreciate you and mom being examples of that, being able to speak about our achievements, these things that deserve to be celebrated, without feeling bashful about it.

The Thing That Really Happened overshadowed it for me, and I kind of forgot until right now. But I cried in episode 72, because of Scanlan.

When all is said and done, Scanlan is a storyteller. To some degree, he has narrative control over what people hear about Vox Machina. They are slayers of dragons, slayers of kings, liberators of the oppressed and friends to the elderly.

I felt that he changed the narrative of Tiberius Stormwind, who once encouraged violence, and immortalized him as something more. The tomb will become a marker for future generations, where Vorgual was slain and the Ravenites freed once more, watched over by a benevolent dragonborn none of them had ever met, nor had any particular account of.

When the records of Draconia are recovered, the name Stormwind will be found and remembered: a noble family of high station, with a strange son who traveled far and wide, but who died on that hill, and encouraged peace- they could not account for his part in the battles, but knew that, without his sacrifice, Vox Machina might have waited to free them until their numbers were so few it would have made little difference.

So Scanlan tells the tale of Tiberius, a bumbling dragonborn who loved his people, and Vox Machina laughs because it’s true. He was their friend and ally, and he would have approved of the statue they had erected for him, but more than that, had he been given the time, he would have indeed encouraged peace- and now they could give him that time, as long as it took. Peace was coming, and maybe it wouldn’t stay, but it was encouraged nonetheless.

Inside the tomb they each leave an account of him, because such things tend to be lost in the ebb and flow of time, but it is Scanlan who tells the truest tale of Tiberius Stormwind, from Draconia, but moreover Vox Machina.

What is the Role of the Dungeon Master?

The first of this is obvious, to run the game. The method though? not so clear.

I’ve had a rather interesting discussion with a colleague about the role of the Dungeon Master, on wether or not in hard facts if the DM is merely a rules arbiter or a storyteller in their own right? 

Is it the DM’s role, to dictate a story within their game, and if so, by how much?

These are the questions I pose to the community this evening, as I find the whole discussion truly fascinating.

I personally, view the DM as a collaborative storyteller with the players and referee, meaning they determine the rules when someone must, otherwise the table tends to dictate what it believes are fair and unfair rule arbitrations. The DM is someone who has, for whatever reason, valiantly chosen to forgo being a character in the world to actively influence the world ITSELF, gaining a certain amount of narrative control of the world due to that sacrifice of character control. 

Send in your opinions, as I’d love to see it. 


30-Day Kill la Kill Challenge
Day 14: Favorite Fight Scene - Ryuko and Nui’s Third Encounter

A perfect display of the two most potent weapons you have against a repressive, corrupt authoritarian system. Two protesters with the courage to stand up against power regardless of odds or consequence. And a photographer willing to risk life to document it. Assault rifles don’t work against tanks. A totalitarian regime will use armed resistance as justification to slaughter its own citizens. Look at Aleppo.

Granted, like “Tank Man” after the Tiananmen Square Massacre, these two East Germans throwing rocks at Russian tanks during the 1953 uprising didn’t change their system. But the media was much more controlled and limited respectively. Remember that. Control of the media is control of the narrative. And China demonstrates that even social media can be hobbled. Never forget that censorship is the first step in the disempowering of a people. Once it begins, once you accept the first small step, They are on the way to telling you what you can believe.

I am sitting here listening to Burn for like the millionth time and I think the full weight of it is finally hitting me, like what it really meant for Eliza to burn the letters that Alexander had written to her. 

She says “I’m erasing myself from the narrative” and while it’s this amazing moment of agency for her, it’s also a huge tie in back to “who tells your story” in this really intricate way. Because not only is Eliza erasing herself from the narrative, she’s erasing the Narrative itself. The narrative that Alexander is so fixated on, the thing he controls so meticulously, the narrative that he is obsessed with creating about himself and his life, the very reason he writes like he is running out of time. His writing is a huge part of the legacy he has spent all his time building, it is crucial to him, and in this moment, Eliza takes that power away from him, the control that Washington warned Hamilton he would never really have. 

In the end, that narrative is something she chooses to honor because she loves and forgives and that’s kind of the crux of who she is. And again, in gathering Alexander’s writings this time, she is helping to preserve the narrative that was so important to him. His narrative of being more than an orphan, bastard, son of a whore from the caribbean, of being an immigrant who works his way to the top and overcomes every obstacle that had been set before him. 

anonymous asked:

This came out in the DM and was very pro Simon. Do you think he's trying to control the narrative and distance himself from responsibility with regards to BG? He may have been responsible but this at least gives him plausible deniability.

I don’t know to what extent this has anything to do with babygate. While we are focused on that, I’m pretty sure Simon is just trying to save face that he lost a controlling interest in the company he founded.

So you know how Homestuck has a huge thing about unreliable narrators and how narrator bias can change a story? You know how we know so little about Alternia? You know how Karkat has the most character focus out of the trolls and therefore most control of the troll narrative? Where am I going with this?

Crack headcanon: the reason we see trolls as barbarians is because Karkat worked retail

When I see that a legislator made a comment like “God doesn’t make mistakes” as Kentucky Rep. James Tipton has, it let’s me know all need to know about his position on the 20-week abortion bill. 

He’s saying that if a fetus is profoundly deformed, that’s God’s will and carrying that fetus to term is not only a Job-style lesson for the woman but her burden as a female. Women are to bear children in pain and suffering as a result of Eve’s rebellion, right? So there’s no empathy or compassion for the suffering that parents in that situation go through because these Christian extremists view the world through the lense of their very fucked up beliefs.

Their position on abortion has nothing to do with the argument that a fetus feels pain at 20 weeks (which is not agreed upon by scientists). No, theirs is entirely a religious position, and it needs to be exposed as just that. Abortion supporters must not let them control this narrative. This fight is about separation of church and state. These legislators cannot be allowed to write their religious convictions into law and in doing so infringe upon the rights of women. 

There’s real danger, not just with this kind of law, but others  at the state and federal level relating to lgbtq rights and contraception, that a certain brand of Christianity is being used a cudgel against the American people. 

while we’re talking about chocolate bars, which we are because i’m Controlling The Narrative, people who don’t put them in the fridge are really missing out. cold chocolate tastes so much better

I don’t really much care what does or doesn’t become canon at this point.

The fact of the matter is the writers and actors have created a dynamic between Flint and Silver that is one of the most complex I’ve ever seen in fiction. Their relationship already is canon, regardless of whether they fuck or not.

They’ve established Flint as a kind of black hole: irresistible and all consuming. This episode Silver was literally crying over his fear of falling into him and being swallowed whole.

Silver who, above all else, is terrified of losing control over the narrative (of his life), is realising that that control started slipping the moment he met Flint. And the man who didn’t understand how everyone else was in thrall of Captain Flint, suddenly finds himself in as deep as all the others. And with no more idea of how it happened than he did before.

Flint is starting to sound more and more like fucking heroin.

At first Silver didn’t get the allure. Then he thought he could control it.  Next he’s in denial about being an addict.

And suddenly he doesn’t know how he got to where he’s now, like he’s been living in an opium dream (no wonder he doesn’t want the actual thing), but he knows that it was led by Flint’s hand. For someone so fiercely independent and intelligent that must be terrifying – to lose one self so completely. He’s also becoming acutely aware (especially given the events of late) that he’s not better off than he was, quite the contrary. And he sees that continuing on that path will only bring about his destruction.

Being away from Flint is what prompts his confession to Madi, like he’s somehow detoxing. Silver can’t see clearly anymore when Flint is around.

So Madi is right: Silver needs a lifeline or else he’ll be lost forever.

TL; DR I don’t know what SilverFlint is but fuck it’s a REALLY BAD case of something.  Also don’t do drugs, kids.

On another note, I feel like following the Trump administration is like watching Chicago, the musical.

Every time I see their distraction-by-generating-overwhelming-amounts-of-news tactic, I just hear “Give ‘em the ol’ razzle dazzle” in my head.

Also, I like to imagine Trump is Roxie at the press conference when she’s shooting off at the mouth (with her true feelings) and all the surrogates are like her lawyer trying to control and spin the narrative desperately with all the “No, no, that’s not what he said/meant!”

Only we don’t get the burlesque and the catchy tunes. We just get … whatever we’re gonna get.