Can I just say I have a lot of opinions about JJ, especially from a Westerner’s point of view? Specifically, the way he’s treated by the other skaters in YOI? JJ is loud, boisterous, and toots his own horn at every chance. Does this make him a bad guy? No way. In fact, all it does is paint a picture of how the rest of the world views people from America. Now, I’m from the US, so I can’t really speak for Canada, but I have quite a few Canadian friends and we are all, by definition, “North Americans”. I notice that our cultures aren’t really that different- specifically our social culture. Most Western young men act A LOT like JJ does- making jokes at other peoples’ expenses, trying to one-up everyone around them, be it verbally or otherwise, being really competitive and thriving in a competitive atmosphere, and generally just being very loud and obnoxious.
No justice for Philado Castile and his family after a Minnesota jury found Officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second degree manslaughter. Castile was legally armed when he was pulled over last July for resembling a suspect and for having a faulty tail light. After informing the officer that he was armed, and dispite having his girlfriend and baby daughter in the car, the officer shot and killed Castile as his girlfriend streamed live on Facebook. 7 shots were fired into the vehicle, 5 striking Philado, a beloved school cafeteria worker. This injustice cannot continue. Too many legally armed or unarmed men of colour are being killed by police. I understand the pressures of firearm related situations, I’ve been in several, but we cannot excuse the murder of innocent men. Remember this man, he was not some gang thug acting aggressively towards police, he was a beloved member of the community known for high giving students, he was a father of a baby girl, he was an American citizen exercising his Constitutional right. But he was shot down like his life meant nothing. My heart is heavy with the news of this acquittal, it breaks for his girlfriend, who acted so bravely as this unfolded, and his daughter. Tonight, there will be protests to voice the frustration of the people, while we all hope it will remain peaceful, try to understand what has happened here today from their point of view. This post is not anti-police, it is pro-accountability.
I spent my youth growing up in America. So for a few years, I had this American accent. When I went back to England, I came back pretty much this American, long blonde-haired kind of surfer kid, who couldn’t surf very well, and had this American accent which I sort of I guess have had in my back pocket from an actor’s point of view ever since.
Why some people see Donald Trump as a hero, not a bully:
So, let’s start from this point: Donald Trump is not a hero. He’s a bully.
Heroes, after all, defend the weak and marginalized against the strong and the vicious. Bullies pick on the weak and the marginalized to the benefit of the strong and the comfortable. Much like his racism, Trump’s bullying is textbook.
None of which changes for a second the fact that lots of Americans seem to think of Trump as a hero anyway. And since at least part of my job is to think about things that don’t make sense, here’s my take on why the “Hero Trump” people think the way they do.
The Hero Trump people have engaged in what can be called “privilege inversion.” Basically, they have convinced themselves that liberals and minorities have created a world in which it is substantively worse to be a white person, especially a male white person, than to be “Other.” From their point of view, political correctness and its associated practices – trigger warnings, language policing, etc. – have made victims of those who are otherwise assumed to be privileged. Thus, white people, especially men and especially Christians, are actually the abused minority group in America, victims of the PC police and a culture that regularly mocks their values and their goals.
Please don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying this has happened. I am NOT saying white male Christians are martyrs or that the PC police run the world. I AM saying that a whole lot of Trump’s supporters think this way. Hence his being an asshole makes him a hero: as Barry Goldwater once put it (in a very different context), “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! … moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!”
In the Trumpette worldview, the erosion of privilege makes one a martyr. Trump is King Canute (look it up!) heroically standing against the tide, and his supporters seem to believe that – unlike Canute – Trump can hold back the waves.
The gods from episode 1-4 “Religions are, by definition, metaphors, after all: God is a dream, a hope, a woman, an ironist, a father, a city, a house of many rooms, a watchmaker who left his prize chronometer in the desert, someone who loves you—even, perhaps, against all evidence, a celestial being whose only interest is to make sure your football team, army, business, or marriage thrives, prospers, and triumphs over all opposition. Religions are places to stand and look and act, vantage points from which to view the world. So none of this is happening. Such things could not occur. Never a word of it is literally true.”
I wanted to be excited about Annihilation because it looks awesome and that’s exactly the kind of movie i like…. but they whitewashed two of the main characters, one of them being the main protagonist. In the book she’s asian, and they cast Natalie Portman. The other character is native american, but they cast a white woman to play her as well. Is it so fucking hard to not whitewash characters?? How many times will I have to watch stories told from white women’s point of view, even when the story is originally told from a woc’s point of view?
Cerro Tololo Trails : Early one moonlit evening car lights left a wandering trail along the road to the Chilean Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory. Setting stars left the wandering trails in the sky. The serene view toward the mountainous horizon was captured in a telephoto timelapse image and video taken from nearby Cerro Pachon, home to Gemini South. Afforded by the mountaintop vantage point, the clear, long sight-line passes through layers of atmosphere. The changing atmospheric refraction shifts and distorts the otherwise steady apparent paths of the stars as they set. That effect also causes the distorted appearance of Sun and Moon as they rise or set near a distant horizon. via NASA
- Alberto worked as a waiter for 6 months in a Japanese restaurant before being casted for Simon and he had to talk Japanese. He said that it was a very “in” restaurant and people have to interview for months and just two of them (Alberto and another guy) got the job. He worked there from december to may (when he was casted);
- I asked him to spoil us something about 2x16 but he said that:
1- he can’t spoil
2- he doesn’t always remember what happens in an episode because they didnt shoot in order for 2B
3- he doesn’t like spoilers and he tries to stay away from them (he said that he’s trying his best to avoid spoilers about spiderman homecoming). He said “like i don’t even know what happens in 2x17” and i reminded him about the scene of Simon, Isabelle and Max at Simon’s boat house and he said “oooh cool one!!!”;
- I asked him if it bothers him the fact that they give Simon so many love interests and he said no because with Clary wasn’t like that and yes he shipped climon in the books because Climon is important for both Clary and Simon. It’s important for Simon because it let him understand that Clary wasn’t there for him and it’s important for Clary because it let her understand that she’s in love with someone else. And he talked about Izzy and said that they just need to be ready for eachother;
- We talked about being ready for a relationship and he said “Alec and Magnus are lucky to have eachother”;
- He said that he’d like to sing for real, something serious but acting will always be his first job;
- He said that once he went at the cinema and the film he watched was so beautiful he stayed in the room for so long that the popcorn guy had to send him away and he walked for like two hours straight thinking about that movie because he touched him really bad;
- He’s team Captain American because he understands Cap’s point of view and he thinks that his country needs something like that right now and he loves and admires Chris Evans so much;
- Shooting for 2x15 was really hard because he had to relive, even if from Simon’s pov, a break up because a person wasn’t ready for him and that’s what happened in his real life;
- He wants to start a book club and he’ll post a different book every month and he’ll do live and talk about it because “i’m going to do it for me because lately i haven’t had much time to read but i want you guys to be part of it”;
- He said that Simon doesn’t have curls because Simon is still a fledgling and it was a decision he made with the writers/producer. They didn’t want Simon to be the same because being a vampire it’s like going through puberty all over again and when he was a baby he had straight hair and now he’s curly and “It would be boring i mean you see a totally different Simon from s1 and s2, he changed a lot esthetically and like a person”;
- He said that sometimes he looks at his old pics on instagram (when he was like 15) and thinks “holy shit, that was really me.. no style!”.
- Being casted for Simon made him really proud of himself because it was a challenge and he thought “yes, i did it. i worked hard and i did it” and it was very important for him.
Reading Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World and it is beautifully relentless:
“Over the past thirty years, their way of thinking has in fact time and again damaged America and the world–the damage outweighing what good has been accomplished–yet we continue to take economists terribly seriously. Their culpability has scarcely been cited. Why?”
“Had economists been fully dedicated to their free-market views, they would also have been up in arms over the glaring lack of regulation of the new and deliberately opaque derivatives market on Wall Street.”
“The 1982 recession in the United States, for example, was the worst since the Great Depression–until the recession of 2008. Despite wide-eyed assertions by well-schooled economists that Americans were now enjoying the Great Moderation, the financial collapses and ensuing recessions had, as noted, cost Americans trillions of dollars in lost wealth and jobs, diminished investment, and failed companies.”
“To call economists overconfident during the modern laissez-faire experiment understates their hubris. The susceptibility of economists to new fashions in thinking, their opportunistic catering to powerful interests, and their walking in lockstep with the rightward political drift of America are disturbing for a discipline that claims to be a science.”
“Economists could benefit from the advice that the novelist Henry James once gave students: ‘Any point of view is interesting that is a direct impression of life. You should consider life directly and closely.’ In economics, theory is not just enough and is often patently wrong.”
This is all from just the prologue, it even opens on that first one
Seriously this book is great, I’m learning a lot. In the introduction alone it neatly ties together all these financial crises across the world from the 70s on and how they all trace back to the same egotistical fucks on Wall Street getting bailed out by the government whenever anything went bad for them, meanwhile leaving all these other countries totally fucked over. I’d already known some of this, but this lays it out nicely and cohesively, meanwhile explaining how it all led up to where we are now. Highly recommend.
I have been following the controversy over Issue 3 of the Miraculous Ladybug Comic.
First, a bit about me that you may not know. As should be obvious from my userpic, I am a White man. What you may not know is that I live in what we commonly call the “Inner City.” When I moved here eleven years ago, I was the only White man living within several blocks of my house. Ironically enough, my neighbor and good friend was the first Black man in this neighborhood: he moved here in 1968. He has now retired after a long career in law enforcement. My neighbor on the other side, and also good friend, is one of the adult leaders in @chaos-and-cake‘s LARP group.
My reason for explaining this is that while I most definitely do not have the last word on how things were portrayed in that comic, I get daily feedback from people who should.
When I saw the excerpts, I immediately saw how it could be perceived as intentionally offensive. The characters are stereotypes. “Ghetto Blaster?” I cringe, I really really cringe. That is a phrase I have not heard once in eleven years in this neighborhood. That’s 80s crap, man. I absolutely cannot imagine a Black man ever choosing or accepting such a nickname. Not in 2017. “Public Enemy”? The big dollar sign bling necklace? Wow. No. No no. Just…no!
I then saw Thomas Astruc’s reply. I cringed, again.
So I found a copy of the comic and I read it.
I see what they tried to do, here. I must grant them good intentions.
I firmly believe that they failed miserably.
I buy my comics at the only Comics Shop on the East Coast owned and operated by a Black Woman. Now I am very embarrassed to order more issues of this comic from her. I am seriously considering if I wish to keep ordering this comic at all.
When I am calmer and have had a chance to choose my words carefully, I intend to email Zag and try to explain to them where, and how badly, they erred. To use such a stereotypical view of Black Americans, at this point in America’s history, was so very offensive. I believe that they did not mean to offend, but I believe equally strongly that they have done harm.
“Let’s look at this thing from another point of view, which you will at first think highly depressing. Let’s suppose we can’t do anything to change ourselves. Suppose we’re stuck with it. Now that is the worst thing an American audience can hear: ‘There’s no way of improving yourself!’ Because every kind of culture in this country is dedicated to self improvement! So here’s the situation: the whole idea of self improvement is a will-o’-the-wisp and a hoax. That’s not what it’s about. Let’s begin where we are. What happens if you know beyond any shadow of doubt that there is nothing you can do to be better? Well, it’s kind of a relief, isn’t it? Seeing that there isn’t really anything we can do to improve ourselves or to improve the world, if we realise that that is so, it gives us a breather in the course of which we may simply watch what is going on—watch what happens. Nobody ever does this, you know. It sounds terribly simple. It sounds so simple that it almost looks as if it isn’t worth doing. But have you ever just watched what’s happening and watched what you are doing by way of reaction to it? Just watch it happen. And don’t be in a hurry to think you know what is happening!”
U.S. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles and takes questions from reporters at the District of Colombia federal courthouse on January 26, 1996.
Hillary was ordered to appear before the federal grand jury to testify about her role in the failed Whitewater land deal.
It was the first time in American history that the wife of a U.S. President testified before a grand jury.
Neither Bill Clinton nor Hillary were ever prosecuted, after three separate inquiries found insufficient evidence linking them with the criminal conduct of others related to the land deal. Yet another Republican manufactured fake Clinton “scandal.”
As usual, Hillary showed up with a smile on her face. Looking fabulous.
Hillary has never been afraid of confronting her critics head-on. Just as she destroyed Trump in all three debates, or the 11-hour Benghazi testimony, Hillary excels under pressure and makes her critics look foolish.
No one has ever been better prepared or as equipped to take on the Republicans than Hillary. She’s been doing it for years. Unfortunately, after so many fake “scandals,” Hillary’s image has been damaged. Which was the entire point of these fake scandals – even if Hillary isn’t guilty, we can still accuse her of corruption and plant seeds of doubt. But rather than viewing the Republicans as the corrupt ones, manufacturing fake Clinton scandals and wasting tax-payer money, many Americans drank the Clinton hate kool-aid (even progressives).
Though Hillary still won the popular vote by 3 million, Republicans weren’t the only ones afraid of a Hillary Presidency. Putin also knew of Hillary’s intelligence, ruthlessness, and effectiveness from her time as Secretary of State. Putin believed Hillary would be stronger and far more aggressive than Obama. So in the end, Russia and Republican FBI Director James Comey stole the election from the majority of Americans.
But we should all take the time to appreciate this moment in history. Hillary has never been afraid to put her critics in their place. Including the media.
Sadly, instead of recognizing how epic all of this is, many Americans decided to vilify a woman of such stature. How unfortunate that sexism is still so alive in our culture. But seriously – what other human has had such resilience in the face of such fierce opposition?
I wish there were more HD photos of Hillary in-front of those microphones. No one has the composure Hillary possesses. No one is as calm or as articulate under pressure as Hillary is. A truly brilliant woman. But it’s no surprise Middle America and young progressives just never got it.
Why is Otayuri getting so much hate: a possible explanation
Don’t get fooled by my title, also reminder that explanation =/= justification.
I always try to analyze phenomena and their possible causes, that’s the scientist in me I guess. So I started thinking about ant///is and I was like: but why. I just said in a recent post that Otayuri is obviously not the first relationship portrayed in the history of anime with such a (small) age gap, and I found some posts that talk about how some age gaps in older (and even recent) anime are just outrageous (even when one of the parts is a minor), and yet those don’t seem to be getting any hate or discourse.
• The sheer number of fans.
The first probably obvious reason is that Yuri on Ice has a lot more fans than other similar fandoms, and it gained them within a very short time span. It’s getting more and more fans every day, so it’s a mathematical rule that in a huge fandom there will be all sorts of people (it’s like a huge sample group), and some of these are an///is. The bigger the fandom, the more the a///is.
• The particular moment in history in which YOI came out.
It’s no secret that there’s discourse everywhere now, especially on certain types of social media. A lot of discourse is good discourse, but we also need to realize that not all discourse is good discourse. I think this discourse wave has played a huge role in the way an///is have suddenly decided to become active in hating on people over idiotic reasons. It’s like a marketing thing: they saw a discourse niche that was unoccupied and decided to take it over. Regardless of whether your discourse is right or wrong, writing about it is one easy way to increase your follower count, and who ain’t a slut for that.
• The fact that many YOI fans aren’t used to anime and manga content.
This goes together with my next point, but I thought I’d still make it two separate ones. A lot of people who became hardcore YOI fans don’t usually watch anime or read manga (myself included). This without my next point wouldn’t give much info on its own, but keep this in mind because I really think that the majority of an///is fall under this (and the next) category of people.
• The fact that many YOI fans are from the US and aren’t used to content not made in the US.
Listen, I know I’m making a huge assumption here, but I think it’s one that is generally accepted within the fandom: most (if not all) an///is are from the US. It seems obvious to me because the US is one of the few places where (though not even in every state, I think) the age of consent is 18, and all their interactions with us non-an///is seem very US-centric, especially in the way they generally aren’t willing to acknowledge the fact that different countries have different laws and/or traditions and generally a different mindset.
My goal is not to attack the US mentality here, but, again, I feel like what I’m saying is pretty much accepted even by many of my US friends. And what I’m describing is certainly what an///is act like, so I’m just going to keep explaining why I think this is the main issue (and why I think my assumption is generally right).
We’ve seen before how the US (generally speaking) are scared of importing recreational content from other countries and they’d much rather buy the rights to said foreign content and remake it with their own rules to make it more appealing to a US audience (sometimes even inexplicably and with ridiculous and disastrous results). Recent cases of this have been the US buying the rights to the Norwegian teen TV-show Skam and the popular anime Death Note getting remade into a Netflix movie. The US are screaming at the rest of the world: we only want the idea of your content, but we’d rather make it our own than show yours for what it is, never mind that your show reflects what your country is about and how your the customs of your country reflect on your personal (pop) culture. We don’t want your content EXACTLY because it reflects something that might differ from our views, and our viewers won’t like it.
And I guess they never will if you actually don’t show them what the rest of the world looks like.
I went a little bit on a tangent there, but my point is: US audience isn’t used to consuming content that isn’t made in the US. I’m not even talking about language here: TV shows aren’t dubbed or subbed, the US literally remakes them and remakes the content to fit the US views and mentality.
That means that the average US citizen will very likely find anything that is untouched by americanization weird if not completely out of their moral values. Couple this fact with the previous one: many YOI fans aren’t used to any kind of content that isn’t perfected and polished specifically for their tastes.
It’s amazing and it speaks for the quality of YOI that many of them could still get used to a different form of art (anime) and enjoy it and even become hardcore fans (and are now probably getting interested in other anime and manga etc), but out of these amazing people, a (thankfully smaller) group of them still couldn’t wrap their minds around the fact that fans from all over the world, with their own set of morals, ship something that in their minds is controversial (just because of a man-made law that not even every US state follows). They don’t care about what the law in Japan, Russia or Kazakhstan is and they’ve made this loud and clear.
The key to this (like for many other issues) is just one:
There’s little we as a fandom can do in this case, especially we people not living in the US since we always seem to be dismissed. They send us anon hate and if we reply saying that Otayuri is legal in our own country we never hear back from them. There’s not much we can do if they aren’t willing to listen to us.
But all I tried to do here is offer possible reasons why this phenomenon even exists, and maybe by reading this someone will have a brilliant idea on how to fix this. I don’t offer solutions, but understanding why and how something happens is always the key for the next step, whatever the next step might be.
Hello! I was wondering if you could recommend articles or books for someone who is not an anthropologist but would love to be one. It could be of any topic, but friendly towards someone who doesn't have an advance knowledge in this study field. Maybe you could recommend your favorite first articles/books that made you fall in love more with anthropology when you were just starting to study it. Thank you! P.s. I LOVE your blog; I have learned so much and it's really entertaining 😊
Thank you!! This is a tough question, and I hope others comment some other sources.
Geertz, Clifford. 1973. “Thick description: Toward an interpretive theory of culture.” In The interpretation of cultures.
Geertz, Clifford. 1974. “‘From the native’s point of view’: On the nature of anthropological understanding.” Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 28 (1): 26-45.
Malinowski, Bronislaw. 1922. “Introduction.” In Argonauts of the Western Pacific.
Farmer, Paul. 1996. “On suffering and structural violence: A view from below.” Daedalus 125 (1): 261-283.
Abu-Lughod, Lila. 2002. “Do Muslim women really need saving? Anthropological reflections on cultural relativism and its Others.” American Anthropologist 104 (3): 783-790.
Foucault, Michel. 1976. The history of sexuality.
Chomsky, Noam and Edward S. Herman. 1998. Manufacturing consent.
Chomsky, Noam. 2016. Who rules the world?
Mead, Margaret. 1928. Coming of age in Samoa.
Bohannan, Laura. 1961. “Shakespeare in the bush.” Natural History.
Said, Edward. 1978. “Introduction.” In Orientalism.
The Combahee River Collective. 1977. “A Black feminist statement.”
Bourdieu, Pierre. 1992. “Price formation and the anticipation of profits.” In Language and symbolic power.
Duggan, Lisa. 2003. “Introduction” and “Equality, Inc.” In The twilight of equality?
Harris, Marvin. 1976. “History and significance of the emic/etic distinction.” Annual Review of Anthropology 5: 329-350.
Benedict, Ruth. 1934. Patterns of culture.
These are in no particular order. Just the order I remembered them.
Any article you can look at that’s from a major anthro journal like American Anthropologist or American Ethnologist or things like that is also good. A lot of the ones I want to recommend are actually from queer theory, not anthropology. I tried limiting it to that field specifically. Actually I lied some are queer theory good luck figuring out which.
Anything by any of these authors is also worthy.
You may be able to find a lot of these as PDFs online but you didn’t hear it from me.
Edit: you can also find films or short videos featuring a lot of these people, especially Chomsky
coucou! for those of you who’d like to better understand the french language , settle right in.
i hope this post helps. let me know if you want more of these - i’m thinking of doing a music playlist (french exclusive).
disclaimer: this is from an american point of view. just my personal opinion.
the academic system - how are french exams marked? all exams are in essay format where the elegance of literary expression, proofs, and argumentative reasoning are subjectively marked. multiple choice tests are rarely used.
france employs a twenty-point grading scale which means:
all marks earned over the course of lycée éducation and the baccalaureate exams are calculated out of twenty.
a score of 20 / 20 is considered to be perfection, and as perfection is humanly unattainable:
such grades are extraordinary and nearly impossible to earn.
it’s possible to earn perfection in subjects like the hard sciences: bio, chem, and math : but you’ve got to be nothing short of amazing.
as my french professor said:
“a 20 / 20 is reserved for god, and you’re not god.”
“a 19 / 20 is reserved for the professor and you’re not the professor.”
a 10 / 20 is considered mediocore or average: however, it does not equate to a 50%.
the french baccalauréat or the f i n a l e x a m is based solely on the final grade average –
which is weighted by the
with a final grade average of 10/20 or more, the diploma is awarded;
with a grade average of more than 10/20, an additional mention (level of distinction) is given:
assez bien (12/20), bien (14/20), très bien (16/20).
should a student obtain a score between
only 8 and 10:
the student may attendoral examinations in certain subjects in an effort to improve the grade average to over
a baccalauréat jury will then review the student’s school record of the past two years
along with the results of the oral examinations.
if the general grade average is then recalculated
to be 10/20 or greater, the student will be awarded the baccalauréat diploma
in comparison with the alphanumeric system: academic grades on the baccalaureate exams, not to be confused with the rubric used at french facs (or universities).
18.00 - 20.00 : très honorable avec felicitations du jury
also known as très bien.
A+ highly honorable with praise
it’d be easier to fly to neverland and swim with peter pan.
true p e r f e c t i o n of the highest accord.
felicitations du jury is technically not a thing
16.00 - 17.99: très bien - dreaming of this
very good -
7.3% of those who took the baccalaureate exam in 2016 earned a très bien
14.00 - 15.99: bien - i want this
A, high honors
14% of those who took the baccalaureate exam in 2016 earned a bien
12.00 - 13.99: assez bien - i’ll probably get this
quite good -
about 25% of those who took the baccalaureate exam in 2016 earned an assez bien
10.00 - 11.99: passable
8.00 - 9.99: passable
D, sufficient, passable as long as the overall average of grades remains above 10
about 40% of those who take the exam don’t get a mention
so… with regard to transcript grades, grade value, international track, and the french track - it goes like this: for reference: i currently have an average of 14.5 / 20 (11th grade), with an average of 20 / 20 in three of my classes with special thanks to english math, english literature, and english language studies.
french track: 16 - 20 / 20
grade equivalent (GPA): 4.25 and above
transcript grade equivalent: A +
international (IB?) track equivalent: 7
french track: 14 - 15.99 / 20
grade equivalent (GPA): 4.0
transcript grade equivalent: A
international (IB?) track equivalent: 6
french track: 12 - 13.99 / 20
grade equivalent (GPA): 3.5
transcript grade equivalent: B + or B depending on the mark
international (IB?) track equivalent: 5
french track; 10 - 11.99 / 20
grade equivalent (GPA): 3.0, maybe lower
transcript equivalent: C
international (IB?) equivalent: 4
french track: 9 / 20 or below
grade equivalent (GPA): 1.0 - 2.7 +
transcript equivalent: may range to a C - to F
international IB equivalent: 1 - 3
these values are all just approximate: (: until next time!
A/N: Hello! This is my first imagine to write on Tumblr. You have no idea how nervous I am right now! I was in a rut of writer’s block, but I finally got out of it because I’m in a very David mood tonight. I hope you enjoy it!
Title: Drink Your Hot Chocolate
Characters: David Tennant, You
Plot Summary: Escaping the blistering cold of winter, you find yourself safely inside a Starbucks, when a certain, very familiar Scotsman catches your eye.
The chill of the sharp winter wind scratched against your face, causing your eyes to squint in distress. The weather had reported a strong blizzard coming to your area just tomorrow, and you had to get to the store for supplies before they all ran out. However, the blistery weather had you regretting your decision.
Ah! You thought. Finally!
Luckily for you and the very skin on your face, a warm and toasty looking Starbucks appeared around the corner. Many of the passersby on the streets of London were walking into the delicious coffee establishment, and you couldn’t wait to get inside and order a nice warm drink. The line was favorable, and your throat was nearly screaming for relief from the chill.
“Hello,” a kind looking barista with black hair and a nose piercing said. “What can I get for you?”
“Can I get a grande peppermint hot chocolate?” I asked, simultaneously grabbing my wallet from my bag.
“Sure!” she exclaimed with an overly excited tone. “And your name?”
“Y/N,” you replied, giving her a small smile.
You paid for your drink and sat down in a secluded corner of the coffee shop, taking a look at your surroundings. The Starbucks was filled with the melody of talking people, baristas calling drinks that were finished, and the soft beat of forgotten pop tunes playing quietly from the speakers.
You’d been in this Starbucks millions of times, and you noticed that there was a lot more whispering than usual. And the whispers seemed to be targeted in your direction. You quickly looked around yourself, making sure you didn’t have anything spilled on you, and spotted a hand very close to you.
Moving your eyes up from the tip of the fingers to the face - a man’s face - you pointed out a very distinct and familiar profile. A large hat and black sunglasses hid most of his face from view, and he sported a sweatshirt and black jeans that made him unrecognizable.
“Do I know you from somewhere?” I asked without thinking, causing the slightest jump from him at the sudden break of silence.
“I don’t think so, no,” he responded in an extremely forced American accent.
“I swear, I know you. You look so familiar, even with all the cover-up.”
As you studied him again, you understood. The sideburns ,the thin pointy nose, the gorgeous freckles peppered across his face. David Tennant.
“Holy shit…” you whispered. “D-Dav-”
You stopped yourself. You knew better than to draw attention to someone who clearly didn’t want it.
“I’m a huge fan,” you whispered. “Don’t worry, I won’t rat you out. It’s an honor to meet you.”
He sighed of what sounded like relief, swallowing hard and turning to you. “Thank God,” his rusty Scottish accent coming back. “You are a saint. I was so tired of that damn accent.”
You giggled, finally seeing through the sunglasses to his eyes. Those beautiful chocolate eyes. They drew you into a gaze that you simply couldn’t break out of. Not that you wanted to, anyway.
“We kind of got off on the wrong foot. I’m David,” he held out his hand.
Gently taking it into my own, I felt a shock of electricity shoot up my arm, sending a chill down my spine.
“What a lovely name, Y/N.”
The way your name perfectly rolled off his tongue sent another shockwave of excitement.
“Why, thank you, David.” you replied. “Might I ask a favor of you?”
“Could you sign something for me?” you blushed.
Just then, the barista called both your and David’s name at the same time, and David stood up, grabbing both drinks and walking back over to you.
Taking a pen from his pocket, he held up your drink, signing it and handing it to me.
“It’s been a pleasure, dear Y/N, but I must be going. Need to get to set,” a disappointed gleam flashed through his eyes.
“Will I ever see you again?” You asked, blushing after realizing what you had said.
He giggled lowly. “Drink your hot chocolate, love.”
And with a wink to you, he left the shop, leaving you all by your lonesome.
You looked down at your cup, examining his signature, but you also caught something else.
‘Ello, love. You seem very lovely and very sweet and kind. I’d love to see you again xx. Call me sometime, if you’d like. :) -David Tennant
I saw that post you made about Kylo and Rey getting a happy ending and I have one question: how would it be possible? If Kylo gets redeemed then surely he has to pay for what he’s done. How could he atone for his crimes while simultaneously ending up with Rey? He’d probably be locked up for a really long time or worse. Or maybe I’m just being a pessimist. What are your thoughts?
My thoughts are that this is a very conservative American viewpoint in redemption and atonement and that SW tends to transcend the American conservative viewpoint for a more universal one.
I think Americans [[not all – generally speaking of course]] have an extremely conservative idea of fiction and how character narratives should be treated.
Also, this idea of repayment is so… weird to me? Let’s say Ben Solo comes back and vows (and PROVES) he is on the side of good to help defeat Snoke and do the right things. He’s genuinely remorseful. What is the purpose of payment at that point? If he’s contributing to society and has changed his heart, “payment” becomes superfluous and meaningless because it is accomplishing nothing further. It’s just spiteful, conservative thinking. It’s why America has the fucked up justice system it has – this idea that payment is required, even if payment is detrimental to both the offender and to the good they could do in society.
But besides the point that “repayment” isn’t even necessary, if Kylo Ren saves the entire galaxy alongside Rey is that not like the ultimate atonement? Like, if he helps to defeat Snoke, saves the galaxy from destruction, and proves he is no longer a man of evil… does he really need to pay further than that??
On top of that, he’s metaphorical in a fantasy space land full of magical powers and giant slugs that talk. Best not to be so literal about it and look at it more through the eyes of metaphor.
A recent post spurred my irritation about sociopaths and psychopaths and the general opinion of them in pop culture. So, here is a bit of a rant.
Both psychopathy and sociopathy are personality disorders that impact a human being’s behavior. Often, people confuse sociopathy and psychopathy because of the media’s general depiction of them and pop culture’s inability to properly label either.
In general, psychopaths are born and sociopaths are raised. A psychopath tends to result from genetics and is passed down through families. Sociopaths are the result of their environment, often in the form of abuse or severe pressure while as a child.
If an individual displays troubling behavior from the get go, they’re likely a psychopath. If they develop that troubling behavior over years, they are likely a sociopath. This can be hard to know because psychopaths can be the victims of violence and abuse (and since it is genetic, its possible one of their parents is a psychopath as well, increasing the chance for abuse) and psychopaths are extremely adept at hiding their behavior.
Empathy is another way to define both these conditions.
Sociopaths can feel empathy but it is highly muted. I’ve heard it explained to me like people with severe autism, where connections take repeated and constant attempts before success. I’ve also heard of it explained like a switch, where the sociopath can effectively ‘turn off/on’ their empathy, which given the cause of sociopathy, makes sense. Since sociopathy is created from pressure, stress and abuse, the sociopath’s empathy is effectively dissociated as a coping mechanism.
Psychopaths, however, do not feel empathy. Period. They may be extremely adept at mimicking empathy. They can understand the process and behavior. But they don’t feel empathy.
Connections are made based on the psychopath’s needs. The psychopath views others as tools; to inflate their ego, as property, as means to an end, as intellectual stimulus. Psychopaths don’t have friends on an emotional level, but rather those they respect based on other traits, such as their intelligence or skill.
Sociopaths tend to be erratic and their behavior is more impulse than direct choice. Sociopaths may be habitual liars, may have rage issues or may steal with little thought beyond immediate gratification. While sociopaths can plan, their impulse control tends to be hampered, meaning that their plans tend to fall apart after some time. This leads to a lot of sociopaths losing their job and, combined with their impulses, leads to them turning to crime or substance abuse.
Psychopaths, in contrast, are not erratic. They are calculating and meticulous. Early identification of psychopathy, such as mutilating animals, is not done out of impulse control, but rather the psychopath’s inability to understand the inherent wrongness of their actions.
Psychopaths often hold jobs and their actions, such as lying, stealing or violence, tend to be extremely calculated and are done in a way to provide specific and targeted results for the psychopath.
So, who is an actual sociopath or psychopath in pop culture? I’ll give a few examples.
Traditionally, The Joker in comics/DCAU is a psychopath due to his lack of empathy, eye for detail and his use of Harley Quinn. In modern media, like Suicide Squad and The Dark Knight, Joker is depicted as more of a sociopath, with more erratic behavior.
Lord Voldemort is a psychopath, incapable of feeling love and empathy, who only views those around him as tools or obstacles.
Patrick Bateman from American Psycho is, correctly, identified as a psychopath.
The Purple Man from Jessica Jones is a sociopath. It is hinted that he became the way he is after his parents experimented on him. In addition, his behavior tends to fall closer to the erratic and impulsive side. While not to be trusted (especially if he was a psychopath) his admission that he has feelings for Jessica would also point to him being a sociopath.
Racter from Shadowrun: Hong Kong is a psychopath. Right down to his admission that he views the player as a friend, not for any emotional reason, but for academic reasons.