experience media

Stuff kids on tumblr better relearn

1. You are responsible for your own media experience. 

2. There is such a thing as a healthy level of avoidance towards topics that make you feel unwell or even (in a real-life clinical definition of the term) trigger you - but you are the one to actively take care of what you view.

3. Avoiding does not mean policing others.

4. You have no right to tell artists to censor themselves - you may criticize what others do, you may dislike it, that’s fine - but actively asking for censorship when you could easily unfollow or block a person just makes you look incompetent in your use of the internet.

5. Do not give people on tumblr or /any/ website the responsibility for your emotional well-being. Because these people do not even know you so no, you have no right to ask them to take care of you.

My friend Holly went missing from where she was camping on the Hood River on March 15th. She was last seen with two men she had known conflicts with, and all of her belongings are where she left them.
Oregon Police have not sent out a search party and are going to close the case soon, while a femme of color has disappeared suspiciously.
I am looking for people with Oregon connections, experience contacting media outlets, or search and rescue experience  please contact 

 the @Find Holly Lester page on Facebook, or 

Hood River Police: 541-386-2121

when people do that ‘gotcha! Japanese people in Japan aren’t upset about so and so white person cast as Kusanagi Motoko or Light or whatever so no one in America should be” always conveniently leave out that a lot of those same Japanese people also add “better a white person play so and so character than another Asian person who’s from a different Asian country pretending to be Japanese.” Or the confusion over a black man cast as L, for example, because ‘it doesn’t really fit why’s he black now?” It shows how little they understand America. (I mean, of course this is even beyond the fact that Japanese people in Japan aren’t a monolith, and I have actually had conversations with people in Japan who understood why white washing stories in Hollywood is a big deal.) 

when Japanese people in Japan say they don’t really mind an Americanized version featuring white people it’s usually for a variety of reasons. First and foremost that Japan as a country has its own thriving media machine. They don’t need Hollywood or American media to reflect them or their values accurately because they already have their own Death Note films. They already have their Ghost in the Shell movies and manga and so forth.Those properties getting attention in other countries is just a cool thing- like, hey this is getting popular in other places cool.” Japanese creators do it with foreign properties too- Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, Gone with the Wind- adapted for and played by Japanese people. (The Gone with the Wind I saw in Japan included black face actually. That was… a thing.)The Howl’s Moving Castle film is a Japanese version of a British novel. Ponyo is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. 

 But when people in America complain about how Hollywood handles this stuff, it’s because they are directly affected by the messages that are packed into media and how that media is produced. A Japanese person in Japan might complain about the inaccuracies in Memoirs of a Geisha and be derisive about it, but they may not end up being affected by it in the same way as an Asian person in America is. (The overwhelming controversy about Memoirs in Japan beyond the inaccuracies and exotified Japan was that they got Chinese actresses to play Japanese characters). But Asian people in America are dealing with the media in a different way. They have a totally unique experience where white people are taking Asian stories and adapting them with white people and leaving Asian people out of the equation. And approaching the issue of white washing without talking about poc experiences in America is ridiculous. 

And then when it comes to like- confusion that L is black in the new Netflix version, for instance. They see this as a ‘deviation’ from the ‘norm.’ That is one thing that they have gotten from American media in Japan- that most people in America are white and anything else is a deviation from ‘normal.’ I think a lot of the people I interacted directly with in Japan didn’t assume I was American usually- my hair and my eyes are dark. Hell I had a student who actually got sad that her mental image- that most Americans are white blonde folks with light colored eyes- was simply not accurate. And Japanese people in Japan usually don’t get a lot of narratives about the experiences of poc in america. they learn some of the history of course- slavery and Jim Crow and Native Americans historically. But they don’t usually have a wide understanding of American racial politics in the modern day. (Sometimes when big news makes it to Japan like the murder of black people by police, they’ll learn more about it in those moments, but in general i don’t they they really know much. Or for people who’s particular field in college includes sociological studies- like one of the men I talked to who was very upset with the casting of ScarJo because he understood the politics in the US) 

i’m going to end this because i’m rambling but like i wanted to acknowledge again that Japanese people in Japan still have diverse opinions as well and this is more addressing general trends of ‘why is it a big deal’ coming from the japanese public and the whole ‘well shut up about being irritated about white washing because japanese people in japan don’t care!” b/c its bull

anonymous asked:

How realistic was Laura fighting in Logan? She's 11. Her bones would theoretically still be pretty soft, but she's also a mutant who heals almost instantly. While she does often lose to adults when they swarm her, she also kills a lot of people. In addition, she falls in a weird limbo between Child Solider and Child Raised for Combat because the people who trained her from birth treated her as disposable, and didn't try to brainwash her. As a result, she escapes ASAP. Thoughts?

Well, I haven’t seen Logan yet but the problem with the question is “realistic”. This is X-men, realism left the building ages ago. Nothing is realistic. If you’re asking about realism then you’re asking the wrong questions because superpowers change the rules. What you’re really asking is: should an eleven year old child be able to fight on the same level as an experienced warrior like Wolverine?

And the answer is, in the Marvel universe characters with healing factors (like Wolverine) have recovered from being burned into ash by the sun. So, in a setting where his healing factor is failing and he’s dying but she’s young, genetically/physically enhanced, and hers is working at full throttle then why not? She’s a tiny Logan. A rage-filled murder ball dedicated to death and destruction, created in a lab that turns human guinea pigs into ultimate weapons. So, I ask, why not? She’s doing exactly what she’s been designed to do, minus it being on the orders of someone else.

What stops children from competing with adults is three things.

1) Physical immaturity. Their bodies are still developing, and not on par with an adults.

2) Mental immaturity. Their brains are still developing, and don’t have the same basic understanding that adults do especially in regards to consequences. They don’t really grasp concepts like “death” and “gone forever” very well. Psychologically, these kids get pretty messed up.

3) Due to the above two problems, unless they have weapons, they can’t overcome the gap.

X-23 does all three. She has the healing factor, genetic enhancements, and blades coming out of her hands and front toe, all of which solve two of the above problems. They allow her to go toe to toe with adults because she can simply power or brute force her way through it. From a combat perspective, it doesn’t really matter if she gets hurt or go through serious body horror as her body will repair itself. So, someone without morals could put her through a meat grinder and still use her again. Plus, at least in X-men Evolution and the comics, she tends to be psychologically messed up. Someone who was treated as a weapon from the moment she was born, trained as a weapon, used as a weapon, and doesn’t really comprehend most “normal” human experiences. A clone with all Wolverine’s experiences, except she went through them as a child.

Laura Kinney, X-23 is by all standards a fairly new character in the Marvel universe. She was first introduced in the early 2000s through the WB cartoon X-Men: Evolution. Like Harely Quinn, she’s a canon immigrant. When she was introduced in the cartoon, she was a teenager.

In character, she was an angry violent rage-ball, a teenage version of Logan except more lost and unstable. However, the major difference between their experiences was that where Logan was an adult when he went through the Weapon X program, she was a child. She was the twenty-third test subject, and the only one who survived the experiments. X-23 was desperate to find out who she was and where she belonged; and, having been “raised” by Hydra, determined to find (and, possibly kill) Wolverine whom she viewed as responsible for everything that happened to her. That desire was mixed up in her desire to know who she was. Because she was a human weapon, she couldn’t distinguish between the two. Fighting was what she knew how to do, so that’s what she did. Her introduction was sneaking through the X-men mansion, disabling all the other mutant children and teachers in order to single Logan out to fight.

As a character, considering everything else, she was a fairly accurate representation of a child raised to be a human weapon. Psychologically traumatized, unstable, and unable to really comprehend her emotions or concepts like “friendship” and “family”. Deeply mistrustful of anyone and anything who got too close, unable to communicate her needs except through anger and violence. Any approach was likely to elicit an immediate, violent response. She doesn’t know how to be anything except a weapon.

Logan could reach her because Logan understood what she’d been through, but he also couldn’t really help her and it took a long time before she came to trust him (if she ever really did). That door didn’t open often for anyone else.

If you want to see her first appearances then the episodes to watch are “X23″ and “Target X”.  The name “Laura Kinney” comes (I think) from the comics as she originally did not have any name other than X-23.

In the comics, she’s another of the Weapon X subjects and the 23 refers to her gender rather than the number of times it took to create her. She escapes like she does in the movie, and eventually starts trying to figure out who she is.

It’s not really worth asking questions about realism when a setting has explicitly ejected realism. Have a good guffaw over anyone trying to argue about the “realism of Batman”. There isn’t any. The setting has defined its own definition of realism and that’s what it follows. Realism isn’t everything, and it doesn’t define what a good story is. Often, it’s not even the question you should be asking. Avatar: the Las Airbender has some awesome fighting for a children’s cartoon, fighting clearly drawn (ha!) from martial arts in the real world. However, it is by no means realistic. And, honestly, that doesn’t matter.

Well-told stories are defined by how well they tell their stories, and maintain their suspension of disbelief. Everything else after that is popcorn. Realism comes into play when we admire how well someone has done their research, how well that research supports and enhances our experience when consuming media. You don’t want to understand combat just for an added dose of realism, but also because knowledge gives us more options to work with. The more you know, the more detail you can add. All the better to create a more enjoyable experience, my dear.

Understanding the rules is the first step in figuring out how to break them, or just manipulate them to your advantage. Whatever works.


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So Sesame Street has introduced an autistic character, Julia, and I totally assumed I would be cool about it since I’d known about Julia for a while and Sesame Street is really not an incredible beacon of nostalgic warmth for me, I can’t say I watched it too much as a kid, but, damn it if my heart doesn’t sing watching a character on Sesame Street unambiguously flapping her hands because she’s happy.

Because at 22 I tell myself I’m okay, demiboy, asexual, aromantic, autistic- (lots of A’s, there) all sorts of things that I remind myself are okay, and I believe it, but I know there is a part of me, that feels very small and very scared, that does not think he’s doing okay, that thinks he is… weird, or wrong about everything.

And little Julia, just doing her thing, without any real statement made on it- seeing a character flap her hands, when I flap my hands- lights up where that part of me lives like it’s a Christmas tree and it feels like a big, warm hug, it’s a big, loud, this is okay and normal!

And that maybe doesn’t seem revolutionary but dammit, it is.

Every kid who grows up watching Sesame Street, who has never heard the word “autistic” before, goes out and inevitably is confronted with the idea- and they’re going to stop for a moment and go “Oh, like Julia!”

It places vernacular, context, and understanding in the hands and mouths of everyone who experiences that media. It creates the opportunity to have discussions, to understand, and most importantly it tells us the truth: that there is a truly staggering breadth and depth of human experience and also very importantly, that this diversity is not limited only to the unacceptable, the villain or the victim, individuals who are painted as fundamentally wrong and ultimately defeated.

(Nor is it limited to unrealistic saints who can’t have any character flaws with the implication that their diversity is a flaw in and of itself)

We’re tenacious and industrious people. I can’t tell you how many times I have put my experience onto characters who were not, I can almost guarantee you, written for me. I’ve hopefully pinned sensory sensitivity, lack of social cues, stimming up on the wall of canon because I can relate to them just a little bit.

But that doesn’t compare, I think, to having a character, a well-written character- handed to me giftwrapped and with a tag that says “Yes, yes, absolutely this character was for you. Take it, take her, show all of your friends, I wrote her because you’re real, people like you are real, people like you have stories worth telling and lives that are meaningful and you are starving for those stories.”

And I want to cry a little. I want to cry because maybe if we have more characters like Julia the future is going to be a little warmer and a little kinder. There’s going to be a generation of autistic kids who don’t, at 22, still have a little pit in their stomach that’s scared something’s wrong with them because none of the stories they love seem to admit people like them exist. 

To all my guy friends: when women talk about sexism, feminism, their experiences with harassment, media portrayal etc… just stop and listen. Don’t get defensive, don’t try to speak for them, just learn. You’ll grow so much, you’ll provide a safe supportive space for them, and once you start learning, you can start to make a difference and prove that not all men are awful. So much good will come from just listening and learning, I promise you.

heres the sketch for the liliana illustration!!

sorry for all the WIPs and no finished work recently, been working through some random medical issues + got a new job so it’s taking a while to finish the paintings between those. but! spectrum is this weekend and i aim to have 2-3 more paintings finished by then (the harpy one, this, and the one with the fish lady crowning the dude at dusk) so i should have more content up soon! <3

also, my commissions are open!


Eyes are said to be the window to the soul….but there is something else, something lost in those eyes.


If you’re not having fun when you’re making art you need to find a new medium ! Honestly I only drew for so long and just felt stressed and anxious when I did bc it wasn’t the best way to express myself … but sculpture opened my eyes and I feel so much stress release when I make work now! So experiment with different media and maybe you can find what really fits you

Drew this using only 5B pencil. No smudging or blending stumps used here. No attention to detail, just wanted to work some soul into the eyes. Darker, softer pencil is a new favourite. I suppose it’s the impressionist in me coming out. I am enjoying experimenting with different media lately, but I am most comfortable in the graphite world.

anonymous asked:

Can you do “All the money in the world can’t make you happy. How am I supposed to?” With Bruce Wayne? Please??


You had met Bruce in an unconventional circumstance, you were just a small time artist and somehow had gotten an invitation to a gala that only the best of the best of Gotham’s elite could attend. 

Sure it was mainly to sell some of your paintings, but still, you were nervous and of course you were the one who ended up spilling bright red wine on the dress shirt that just so happened to belong to the man who’s family had pretty much owned Gotham. Who else but Bruce Wayne himself?

You didn’t know it but, Bruce found your personality endearing, and he was glad to find someone who didn’t constantly throw themselves at him for who he was. 

So he helped you calm down, no real harm was done except to his shirt (but he could buy some more) and the two of you had found yourselves talking to one another for pretty much the rest of the Gala. 

The rest was history.

Being with Bruce was an experience in itself. 

The media liked to play you out either as the innocent person that had come to the city to follow their dreams and found love instead, or you had only been with your boyfriend for his money, which absolutely was not true. But you were with a man you cared about and he cared about you, and in your opinion, that’s all that mattered.

Another thing was that Bruce tended to spoil you, and he spoiled you a lot. If you happened to look at something for more than a few seconds, then he’d buy it for you, your poor closet was running out of space. 

Yes, they all were nice looking and the thought of them was kind but still, you didn’t really need all of it.

And it sort of made you feel bad if he was spending all this on you, but you got him nothing in return? 

When Bruce had gotten a message from you saying how you were coming to visit the manor, a small smile had grown on his features, until he saw that you wanted to talk. 

He already had a tough day at Wayne Enterprises, and he was worried what you were going to say to him when you arrived. 

Was it something he did? If so, what did he do? How could he have messed up? Shaking his head from those thoughts, he waited until you arrived.

Bruce seemed off. You were wishing you weren’t so vague when you texted him saying you wanted to talk. 

Currently, you both were walking through the large garden of the manor, in a small silence. 

“So,” He began after clearing his throat, “What did you want to talk about?”

“Well, it probably sounds stupid now that I think about it,” You murmured sheepishly. 

“It’s nothing terrible I promise,” You added quickly.

“If you think it’s important enough to talk about, then it’s not stupid,” Bruce assured you.

You nodded, before speaking, “So you know how you got me that new coat last week?”

“Yes, what’s the matter? Is it bad? I can get you a new one?”

“That’s it, though,” You started, “The gifts are all wonderful and everything, but I don’t really need them.”

Poor Bruce actually looked confused (and the expression on his face was adorable), “What do you mean?”

“As wonderful as your gifts are, I don’t think you have to spend anything on me. You don’t need to spend anything just so that our relationship will work.”

“But if all the money in the world can’t make you happy. How am I supposed to?”

You stopped walking, you could only imagine the type of people he went out with before, seeing as how they were only superficial to want to be with him for his fortunes.

Hugging the much taller man, you said, “Oh Bruce, you don’t need any money to make me happy. If tomorrow comes and we end up being the poorest people in the world, then we’ll be the poorest in the world together.”

Bruce couldn’t help but laugh, before admitting, “You know, I was actually worried for a second, I thought you were breaking up with me when you said you wanted to talk.”

This time it was your turn to laugh a little, “Nope not a chance Bruce,” You kissed him on the cheek before adding, “You’re stuck with me.”

Bruce’s sons (although one claimed otherwise he totally was) watched the whole thing unfold.

“See I told you, they are perfect for him!” The oldest proclaimed proudly.

“Yeah yeah, you totally had your doubts,” The second oldest replied, rolling his eyes.

“They make each other happy that should count right?” A third voice added, watching them fondly.

“For once I agree with Drake, (L/N) does make my father happy,” The last and younger sounding voice added.

“You know your boys were totally watching us right?”

“Yup, I saw them as soon as we walked into the garden.”

Guide to surviving this blue rage site: use the block function. 

Block people without explanation. 

Block people without appeal.

If you feel like you’d be happier not having to deal with any person here, for whatever reason, block ‘em. It isn’t the nuclear option, it’s your first line of defense. 

If someone demands that you engage with them, or otherwise tries to tell you that it’s wrong/cowardly/admitting defeat to block them? That alone is reason to block them. They think they get a say in who you talk with online. They do not. 

Block and move on. Walk away. You don’t need to get the last word, because your refusal to put up with any more BS does more for you than anything you might say. 

Use the block function to control your social media experience. It ain’t perfect, but it’s a start. 

unofficial crest of the nicaise protection squad 

This is Pomi. She is looking forward to meeting you.

I am currently trying to finish a childnren’s book concept that have been brewing in me and Mitch’s brain for a while. You may rememeber her from this painting here. This will finish hopefully before VanCaf this year! (May! My birthday!!) There is still so much more to to figure out, honestly, I can’t wait to meet her (figure her out) myself. Haha

Stay Tuned!!

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