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Dear Bryke, You Are Not a Reflection Of Your Father

“When I was a little kid, I had very few shows to look to with brown girls like me and none with queer characters (and maybe that’s part of the reason why it took me so long to come out). Now, not only does this representation exist, but it has just been acknowledged as intentional, valid, and beautiful by its creators.

I can’t exactly articulate how Avatar the Last Airbender and Legend of Korra originally became such important shows in my life, but I can now tell you why it will remain one of the shows most dear to my heart. And for that Mike and Bryan, I want to thank you. " 

                                                 -When-Extremes-Meet[x]

Every Avatar fan remembers this first iconic image of Korra released in the summer of 2010.  Announced as the “sequel series” to the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra promised not only a “strong, hot-headed heroine” but a new, modernized world in the form of Republic City.  Three years later, after the series finale was released, many news outlets praised Korra, as one of the most historically significant animated series in American television, for their confirmation of a queer relationship between the title character Korra and her longtime female friend Asami Sato, known more affectionally within the fandom community as “Korrasami.”  As one of the first academic writers following this series from its inception in 2012 (focused on queer fandom communities of all things), I should have been ecstatic, and yet, it has taken nearly two months for me to structure this more personally-driven essay about a show that infuriated me nearly as much as it inspired me with hope for the future of children’s media.  

Originally, this essay focused solely on the fans and ignored the creators, who I have often criticized for their use of at-times-questionable culturally-appropriated material, casting practices of white voice actors for POC characters, and reductionist approach to complex political ideologies.  I have often defended and highlighted the Korra fandom as the silver lining of a particularly problematic series, and whose community helped create a space of intersectionality, subversion, and exploration of queer identities.  But as I sat down to gather my research, following the finale, reading and watching fan reaction after fan reaction, there was no way to ignore the overwhelming consensus of “Thank you, Bryke!” from the fans.  

At first I was frustrated.  The fans had made Korrasami canon.  They had created a large enough demographic that the Viacom network executives felt safe putting this “progressive” ending out on the airwaves.  But as another one of my  colleagues pointed out, Bryke (the fandom-assigned name for the creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino) are the ones who created the media that the fans consume, and thus I can’t completely remove them the equation.  So with a huge breath, I dove into my obligatory re-watch of both series, keeping an open mind about the symbiotic relationship between the fans and the creators. And after a long revision of my original outline I’ve decided to focus this essay around the most important love triangle of the series - Bryke, Korra, and the Fans.

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tumblr is so fucking stupid. you can’t even have a harmless opinion like “hitler had some good ideas” or “maybe men are just naturally better at most things than women” or “whites are the superior race” without getting executed for it. “progressive community” my ass

there has never been a show that i’ve wanted to rip out of a creators’ hands more than rwby.

Demand Progress Applauds FCC for Preserving Net Neutrality

Activism Saves the Internet from the Cable Lobby

Media contact: Mark Stanley, 682-429-2776
Email: mark@demandprogres.org

Washington, DC (February 26, 2015) - The following statement can be attributed to David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress:

Today’s vote to preserve net neutrality is a victory for free speech, for diversity, for innovation, and for all Americans.

Popular victories like today’s are so unusual that three Congressional committees are investigating how this happened. If the net neutrality effort had followed the usual playbook, if Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T had defeated the American people, nobody would be wondering why.

Any progress in Washington of this magnitude, and in the face of such powerful, well-funded special interests, is extremely hard won. It is never handed to you.

This victory took persistence. The fight for Title II was not won over the course of weeks. It wasn’t even won over the course of a year — it was won over the course of a decade, and everyone celebrating this victory is grateful for the individuals that dedicated so many years to net neutrality, who took a strong stand on Title II when others would not. They never gave up, and in not giving in, they paved the way for the strongest net neutrality rules ever.

History will demonstrate that today’s ruling was the right one. We’ll forget the scare tactics and lies, but not the liars. We will remember the cable lobby’s abuse of power, and consumers will be ready to defend against new attempts to break the Internet.

Despite the cable industry’s best efforts to undermine our cause, we secured an open Internet, free from gatekeepers and corporate monopolies. We have an Internet for the people.

History will look favorably on Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel for their votes today. We thank the millions of Americans who spoke up and gave the FCC the courage to do the right thing. In a political system in which progress can seem nearly impossible, the victory for net neutrality is a reminder to us that when we organize and fight for what is just, good things can still happen.

Demand Progress’s two million members, and our coalition as a whole, are more energized than ever. Going forward, we will do all in our power to defend the open Internet. Lawmakers beware: If the ISPs take this fight to Congress, we will meet them there and defeat them. And Comcast —  we’ll be seeing you either way at the FCC in the coming months, as the Commission considers your merger with Time Warner Cable, which represents the latest attempt to warp the Internet to suit your interests and undermine those of the American public.

Over the last year, Demand Progress has helped lead grassroots activism for net neutrality. Its members have taken more than four million actions— including filing comments, emailing lawmakers, signing petitions, and calling and meeting with Members of the House and Senate. Demand Progress is also a lead organizer of the net neutrality hub BattlefortheNet.com and was a leader of the Internet Slowdown Day in September 2014, which drove over 700,000 comments to the FCC and nearly 300,000 calls and two million emails to Congress in one day.

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Surprised how controversial this is...

Bernie Sanders is the candidate closest to my preferences, so I’m going to vote for him in the Ohio primary. But if he isn’t the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton is VASTLY closer to my preferences than ANY Republican. Also, Democratic control of the White House protects Obama’s progressive Executive Orders and will push the federal judiciary in a liberal direction for a generation.

Don’t understand how Sanders supporters fail to see this.. Particularly when Bernie himself has said if not him, vote for Hillary.

anonymous asked:

Hi I was wondering if you could explain what "proof of concept" means when Duncan is speaking to Sarah? i didn't understand what he meant.

I’ll do my best! A proof of concept is essentially a small scale demonstration of a particular method to show that the concept is viable (in this case the concept is cloning human embryos). So Ethan is telling Sarah that she and her clone sisters were part of a “proof of concept” (i.e., proof that humans could be cloned). I’m guessing the military recruited Ethan and Susan to create human clones for a larger purpose and wanted the Duncans to demonstrate they could execute it before progressing to the larger vision they had (possibly to create military men who could sustain and heal fast after an injury?). There’s an oversight committee that calls for them to shut down the experiment and calls the project an “ethical failure.” However, Dyad (who served as a contractor for the experiment) convinces them to carry the infants to full-term and I believe that’s most of what we know at this point.

FCC Makes Historic Decision to Protect the Open Internet

Washington, DC (February 4, 2015) – More than a year after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down most of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has made a historic decision to reclassify broadband as a Title II communications service.

Statement from David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress:

“We applaud Chairmen Wheeler’s historic decision to protect an open Internet by reclassifying broadband as a Title II communications service. The FCC is closer than ever to instituting real net neutrality protections that will keep the Web open for generations to come. From organized efforts like the Internet Slowdown day of action last fall, to everyday users who have been inspired to exercise their right to freedom of expression, millions of people have called on the FCC and Congress to put the public need for an open Internet before the demands of Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.”

“We look forward to seeing the exact details of the FCC’s rules. Indications point to this announcement as reassuring for the future of the Internet, free speech and American innovation, because Title II is the simplest, most legally sound way to preserve net neutrality. However, the rules will be lengthy and complex, and if there are points of concern we won’t be shy about letting the FCC know.”

“We urge Congress not to interfere with the FCC’s authority to protect an open Internet and to heed the tens of thousands of calls from their constituents demanding an end to any ploys to satisfy big cable monopolies.”

Demand Progress was a lead organizer of the Internet Slowdown Day in September 2014 which drove over 700,000 comments to the FCC and nearly 300,000 calls and two million emails to Congress in one day in support of Net Neutrality.

Demand Progress has helped lead grassroots activism in support of net neutrality over the last year, with its members having taken more than four million actions in support of the cause - including comments filed, emails to lawmakers, petition signatures, phone calls to key targets, and constituent meetings with Members in the House and Senate. Demand Progress has also been a lead organizer of the Net Neutrality hub BattlefortheNet.com.

Demand Progress is an online activism group representing over two million Internet users and has advocated for Title II reclassification since a court ruling struck down net neutrality one year ago.

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