in media this is called framing

the media out here trying to frame the people fighting literal nazis as basically nazis themselves. even going as far as to give us SIMILAR FUCKING NAMES AS OUR OPPRESSORS? JESUS CHRIST. [calling antifas the alt-left]

you can tell what fucking side they’re on, they uphold nazism, that’s why they’re always on the side of the nazis. They don’t care about justice. They don’t care about what is moral and good. They care about white supremacy.

why are they always reporting on how good and clean cut literal nazis look? white supremacy. why are they always reporting on how calm and down-home nazi families are? white supremacy. why do they refuse to call literal nazis out as nazis? white supremacy.

why are they always framing antifas as the violent reactionaries who have no reason to be upset? white supremacy. why are they always framing antifas as ignorant unclean and inhuman? white supremacy. Why are they always framing antifas as against helping people? white supremacy.

It’s transparent.

For once, I actually saw goldfish being properly taken care of in media! 

Generally on TV shows and in books and movies, goldfish are shown in bowls, which causes people to believe that is how they should be kept in real life, but in this anime the goldfish are shown in a large tank (it’s even bigger than shown in the picture since not all of it is in frame)! Finally! 

(The anime is called Interviews with Monster Girls, by the way and it’s available on Crunchyroll. The title sounds weird but its a really nice anime.)

So much of the media discussion of Trump’s Muslim ban, both in US and international media, centers around issues of terrorism: offering statistics about the infinitesimal number of refugees who are involved in terrorist activity, and decrying the ban as something that’s likely to increase the numbers of people joining ISIS and other terrorist organizations. And all of that is true, and it’s important to call out Trump’s false claims. But here’s the thing. I think most of the media is missing the actual point of the Muslim ban.

It’s not about terrorism. It never has been. By allowing the narrative to be framed that way, even in our critiques of Trump, we’re conceding a vital point. We’re buying in to the narrative that this is about terrorism, and that we’re simply debating the proper response to it. It paints a picture in which protestors and liberal media outlets are unhappy with Trump’s response to the issue.

But that’s not it at all.

The truth is we’ve seen this before. A ban on people entering the country, based on religion and / or ethnicity, is the first step. Next will come the Muslim registry. There will be a quiet purging of all Muslim employees from government jobs. Persons listed in the Muslim registry will be monitored by police “for the protection of the public.” Discrimination in hiring practices in private companies will become first legal, then actively encouraged. Muslims will be first encouraged, then coerced, and finally forced to move into segregated areas, or perhaps into protected camps or detainment facilities. People will start disappearing.

That’s what this is about. The ban is about taking that first step. Talking about terrorism only serves to lend legitimacy to Trump’s claims that this is the primary issue. But it’s not. The issue here is a white supremacist administration that actively wants to purge undesirables.

like… i kinda understand where some people are coming from about not caring if lgbt+ representation is from a villain or a hero because some people looove villains. but the thing in this situation with batb is that it’s a film targeted at children. that’s why it’s just that extra kick in the gut for so many people. 

if you’re a young kid going to the cinema, this could potentially be first time you ever see on screen (and perhaps in real life) a man in love with another man, that’s going to influence the way you see that in other contexts. and if that man is a comedic-relief villain literally called the fool, even if they like the villains and like the comedy, that image is what that child will think about the following times they see something about same-gender attraction. 

representation matters, especially in children’s media, because it’s occasionally their first frame of reference for things they encounter in real life. How many times have you heard someone explain something to a child, and they respond with “oh, just like [example from a film/tv show]”? these things are sooo important, not just for straight kids who will meet gay people but for the young gay kids watching the film, whether they know they’re gay now or in the future. 

so yeah, maybe you, as an adult/older teen who has a wider view of the world than a 6 year old, are able to like a villain/comedic character who is gay. i understand that. but the 6 year old who is learning about same-gender couples and attraction for the first time isn’t necessarily going to get that this trait is not related to the other negative traits of this character.

LADS HEAR ME OUT: Netflix is gonna release an adaptation of one of my favourite novels called 13 Reasons Why

and the show looks totally different from the book but in a good way, in which the basic premise is still there but it’s been made bigger and mystery-ier for a television media and I’M EXCITED GUYS

the book is about a girl who kills herself and sends tapes around as her suicide note, and each person who receives the tapes receives them because they’re a reason why she killed herself

now the book takes place over one night, but it looks like the show will have a longer time frame because it’s only got one season so far, but GUYS THIS IS AMAZING AND IM EXCITED

Trump’s White House called its first press briefing to complain about reporters’ tweets:

  • Spicer accused media images of being “intentionally framed” to make the crowd at President Trump’s inauguration look smaller than it actually was (in part by arguing this was the first time ground coverings had been used on the Mall, which wasn’t true).
  • Spicer claimed that it would be irresponsible to cite any estimates of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration (or of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington) because the National Park Service, as a rule, doesn’t release official estimates of crowd sizes.
  • Spicer then claimed that President Trump drew the “largest audience to witness an inauguration period, both in person and around the world.” He did not offer any evidence for this claim, nor did he square it with the idea that it was impossible to estimate crowd size.

Here’s a chilling line:

Donald Trump is not becoming more presidential. The presidency, and the administration, is becoming more Trump-like.

Trump’s real war isn’t with the media. It’s with facts.

Like much that Trump says, this isn’t quite true. His war isn’t with the media. Trump lives off media attention and delights in press coverage. His war is with facts. And it’s there that his tactical skirmishes with the press begin to make sense. Delegitimizing the media is important to Trump because delegitimizing certain facts is important to Trump.

[…]

But there’s a strategy at work here. The Trump administration is creating a baseline expectation among its loyalists that they can’t trust anything said by the media. The spat over crowd size is a low-stakes, semi-comic dispute, but the groundwork is being laid for much more consequential debates over what is, and isn’t, true.

Delegitimizing the institutions that might report inconvenient or damaging facts about the president is strategic for an administration that has made a slew of impossible promises and takes office amid a cloud of ethics concerns and potential scandals.

It also gives the new administration a convenient scapegoat for their continued struggles with public opinion, and their potential future struggles with reality. This kind of “dishonesty from the media,” Spicer said, is making it hard “to bring our country together.” It’s not difficult to imagine the Trump administration disputing bad jobs numbers in the future, or claiming their Obamacare replacement covers everyone when it actually throws millions off insurance.

Spicer ended the statement on a warning. “There has been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility of holding Donald Trump accountable. I am here to tell you that it goes two ways. We are going hold the press accountable as well.”

Moms shipping Scorbus

That awkward moment when you are hanging out with another mom at your children’s play date, discussing Cursed Child (which you lent to them) and she is talking about the ending and how she thinks Rose may eventually see Scorpius’ strengths as a partner since he is a lot like Hermione, and you just bite your tongue.

Then a few unbearable minutes later she says “But I was kind of confused because I really thought Rowling was setting the two boys to be gay…” and you let out all the breath you didn’t know you were holding and say “Yes! This is such a huge thing in fandom right now. It’s even gotten media attention, they’re calling it queer baiting.” And she is like “Oh I’m glad I wasn’t just imagining things.”

And then you talk about all the subtext and the way scenes were framed and lines were delivered. And she might not be a shipper but thank all the gods she doesn’t think you’re a perv for coming to that conclusion. Oh I am so relieved!

So

People harassed Tyler and Josh until they were literally forced to give a statement. I seriously cannot believe that people who listen to their music and KNOW what they advocate actually think they would hate anybody for who they are. I can’t believe anyone thinks it’s acceptable to harass anybody via social media. Calling someone homophobic because they didn’t speak out about yesterday’s Supreme Court decision fast enough & threatening them by saying they’ll lose your support if they don’t tweet something within your demanded time frame is cruel. Believe it or not, some people choose to not put everything on a social platform. I hope the clique can be a safe place for everyone INCLUDING Tyler & Josh. Slandering their name because you want them to answer you is not okay. I feel awful that they had to see all that hate & that it affected Tyler’s frame of mind. Love won yesterday and people still chose to spread hate. Anyways, congratulations to everyone who sent them hate and finally got their response AND I hope you’re sending an apology their way right now.

I don’t think I really realized how much the media hates millennials until I saw how mainstream news sites were covering the Yelp employee fiasco. 

In the past, I was actually kind of confused by all the posts on tumblr defending millennials and commenting on millennial hate in the media. I didn’t really know what they were referring to because I hadn’t seen much myself.

But that’s because I get my news primarily from progressive or left-leaning sites like mic.com, reuters, haaretz, etc. And when I do look at other news sources, like CNN, I’m usually looking for a specific news story or article that doesn’t really pertain specifically to characterizations of millennials. 

But when I saw tweets from news stations calling the Yelp employee an “entitled millennial” and relishing how another millennial “called her out,” I got a better sense of mainstream perceptions of people my age. How easy it was for the media to dismiss this woman because of her gender and class didn’t surprise me–but the fact they fixated on her age so much (25, my age incidentally) and framed her as an “entitled millennial” took me by surprise.

Of course, I do think a lot of the mentality around “millennials” is gendered–much of the complaints I have seen about selfies and social media do seem to fixate on women and teenage girls, and I think class intersects as well. But I think there are also particular political reasons why the media goes out of its way to minimize and dismiss people our age. Instead of the struggles millennials face being the fault of a broken education and economic system that is now very visibly falling apart, it’s that we’re “entitled” and lack the work ethic of previous generations. As the rich become a tinier minority, you can’t just chalk up failures in meritocracy to specific people–now it’s an entire generation that is entitled and lazy.

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What's Happening in Oregon Is Nothing Less Than Armed Sedition
Its roots in our politics are deep and tangled.

This is another step down the road that leads to the broken shell of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. There are respectable people in our respectable politics who have been shamefully silent on the subject, and there are respectable people in our respectable media who seem terrified of calling this what it is. You want an example of the deadening effect of “political correctness” in our politics? Watch what the people running for president have to say about this episode. Look at how it is being framed already—or ignored entirely—by the elite political media.

Charlie Pierce, ladies and gentlemen.

Not Giving Up:

Taylor ran down the stairs, she couldn’t believe what he had just said. They had been going strong for almost seven months and she couldn’t have had a better time but lately things have been just getting out of hand. She would notice that he would be distant and inattentive, or he would straight up ignore her and she didn’t know what went wrong. She didn’t know where she went wrong. Was the attention from the media starting to get to him? 

She walked through his new house alone thinking about those words, he was busy trying to get a new single recorded, but the only thought that kept popping was everything was so big and so empty that she wasn’t quite adjusted to it yet. She had homes like this but she would quickly have them filled with antiques, frames, photos and more but he seemed like he was taking his time. He was waiting to get everything himself, have the place he called home an actual home and she couldn’t understand why he wasn’t letting her semi help with the decorating. She had offered a million times and yet each time he had turned her down saying that he would be going tomorrow to get things. It aggravated her to no end, she didn’t want to really take everything away from him but she didn’t want to be left out of the process. She loved the house, she could see a future in it and having some opinion on it would be lovely.

She walked into the kitchen and saw Charlie and Burns, she smiled at them but nothing went past that. She was normally friendlier but his words were at the back of her head gnawing at her everything thought, at her every reaction and it seemed to even move toward her emotions.  She took and apple from the fruit basket and went outside, it was still scorching in Los Angeles so laying out by the pool wasn’t something that was too weird. She looked up to the window where the studio was and she sighed, a tear was trying to escape her eyes but that was not going to happen. She grabbed her phone and called Jaime, she needed to get out of here before she said something that she would regret. 

“Hey sweetie!” Jaime’s voice rang out from the other side of the phone. 

“Hey do you wanna go meet up at the mall or something? I need to get out for a few,” she didn’t lie but she didn’t quite tell the truth. 

“Sure, just let me tell Kyle to come and watch the kids for a few okay?” She sounded like she knew what was up but Taylor didn’t want to talk about it just yet. 

“Okay.” She walked back into the house and set the un-eaten apple back in the basket. “Tell him that I went out if he ever gets his ass out of that room,” Taylor looked at Charlie and he nodded as she walked out to her car.

She hated being that rude to them, they didn’t deserve it at all hell Charlie has been nothing but overbearing once he learned that she was dating Calvin but she couldn’t help it. His temper affected her mood more than anything. He had a good cap on it, he never really let it out but when it did he always got angry and really into his work. He didn’t talk to anyone, he didn’t let anyone in, no he just sat himself in the studio and worked until it was all gone. She wasn’t complaining because that probably was the best thing for him and she was happy that he had that outlet but she just wished that he would let her in sometimes. That he would tell her when things got bad or when he was mad because things she had done. 

He had let her in more times that she had thought though, he had poured out his fears not too long ago and she would never forget that night. He wasn’t angry with her that night but there was slight jealousy, she had just finished a show and she had Sean there walking down the runway with her and he didn’t like it. She said that there was nothing that she would rather gargle salt water than be with him but he was still jealous. She made him stop, she made him tell her why, tell her the reason behind the jealousy and that night she saw how much he opened up and truly wanted to be with her. She held him that night, held him closer than she ever had. Her mind went back to that and oh how she wanted that back. 

She spent the rest of the day with Jaime, shopping, ranting, blowing off steam and anything else she could think of. She got over fifty missed calls most of them being from Calvin but some were from her mother and the rest of the group but she decided that she wasn’t going to be picking it up today. She wanted to just spend the day with one of her best friends and not worry about the drama from the house. She quickly regretted that decision when she called her mother on the way back to Calvin’s house.

“What in the hell Taylor?” She heard an angry voice on the other end.

“What?” Taylor stated nicely.

“Adam has been calling nonstop asking if you came here. What happened?” She asked her.

“We just got into a fight, I left and he stayed in his studio… I don’t know mom,” Taylor sounded defeated and honestly that was the way she felt.

“Why are you two fight? I thought everything was going great?” Her mother questioned her.

“It is but… I don’t know. I keep asking if he wants me to help at least somewhat with the new house and he keeps saying no. I know this sounds so petty and so naïve but I want to at least feel like I am contributing something into his new life. I want to help and be here for him but he isn’t letting me. He is just shutting me out and I don’t know what to do,” Taylor let her mom know what was on her mind.

“Taylor Alison Swift you cannot micromanage this boy’s house. He wants it the way he wants it and you are not allowing him that. Can you see how you would get angry if someone wanted to put input on something you wanted? How about him telling you what you should do on a tour? What light to put in? How about just letting him coordinated it for you? You would hate that and yet that is exactly what you are doing. Give the boy some credit and let him fix up his own home,” her mother tried looking at it from his prospective and she hated her for it.

“I want to know if I fit here mom… I don’t know… I feel like if he won’t let me help he doesn’t feel like we are going to make it. It feels like he doesn’t see a forever like I do. I don’t know why I am getting that but… I just don’t know why he doesn’t want to let me help him,” Taylor pulled up to the house.

“You can’t base house decorating on him not wanting you Taylor. He wants you but this is also his house. I’m sure there will be time to get better decorations if you don’t like the one’s he put up.” Her mother laughed at her.

“You’re not helping. I got to go.” Taylor hung up the phone and took a deep breathe in. She got out of the car and immediately the front door opened and Calvin came walking out. The look on his face wasn’t one of anger, no it was one of relief he looked like he had been worrying over something and seeing her gave him an end to that worrying.

“You’re back?” He smiled at her.

“Yeah,” she walked past him.

“Taylor… Taylor stop walking. Taylor please listen to me,” Calvin chased after her.

She was inside when he reached out and took her forearm, making sure not to pull to hard but enough to where it would stop her. She looked over at him and gave him a look. “What? What is there to talk about?” She asked him with all seriousness in her eyes.

“Why were you avoiding me today?” He asked her.

“I didn’t want to say something I would regret.” Taylor shrugged.

“Okay… Why were you gone so long?” He pulled her closer.

“I was mad… Still am by the way.” She looked away from him.

“Why? Is it because I said I didn’t need help? It’s just decorating Taylor… I am a grown man I can do things by myself.” He laughed.

“That is not it! You won’t even let me know anything, you won’t let me in. If you won’t let me help you with something so simple how can I know that you’ll let me with something bigger? Calvin I feel like you don’t see a future… That you don’t see a forever and I don’t want that at all. I’m all in and I have been for a while now… But it doesn’t feel like you are.” She felt a tear fall down her face.

He looked down at her and wiped the tear away. “I’m all in, you are the only thing that I want in my life Taylor. You are my forever. I don’t want help with the house because I feel like I want you to be surprised, that I want you to be proud of me for it. I don’t know… But if you are getting that than we can pick things out together. I don’t want to lose you over something this small.” He pulled her in close.

“I don’t care… I just thought you didn’t want me in it because if … it wasn’t forever than you would hate your house and it made me up set.” She put her head on his chest. “I don’t lose you over something this simple either.” She wrapped her arms around him tighter.

“I love you more than anything Taylor… I want you to know that okay?” He back away from her a little. “No matter what happens, you are my forever. You are my future and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” He looked down at her very serious.

“I know… I love you too Calvin. More than you know,” she leaned up to kiss him. It took a while, she couldn’t get enough of the warmth that he radiated. It wasn’t heat, it was more of a warm feeling, a safe feeling and she love it.

“Now… There is something I need your help with.” Calvin stated.

“What is it?” She turned her head to the side confused.

“Rugs.” Was all he said and both of them had a fit of laughter.

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I know it’s been a while but… IS this worth it? It’s a little cutesy and I thought it fitting! Let me know what you think. If you hate it let me know that too.

o21. Good For You

By some miracle, Selena had managed to make it into the stadium without being seen.  Hell, she had managed to leave California and fly to Helsinki without anyone noticing her.  It had been four days since the video of her on Twitter had been released, and the media was still running the story but she had calmed down about it.  Justin had called her and apologized, deleted the video himself, but she never spoke to him directly since his call was sent straight to voicemail.  All of that was behind her now because she was waiting underneath the stage of the show, the boys above her playing to a sold out crowd.  She had Lou do her hair, luscious brown curls framing her face.  Her outfit of choice had been very thought out, she wanted to make sure to drive Harry a little crazy.  His white t-shirt from the video shoot was tucked into a pair of high waisted shorts, and around her waist was his red flannel.  The outfit was finished off with a pair of her favorite knee high, heeled boots.  

Above her she could hear the boys introducing the band, each band member playing the chords to a familiar song.  She knew was her cue was, when the guitarist would start playing the intro notes to her own song.  Liam was going to jokingly sing the words and Niall would most likely dance to tease Harry.  With the help of the stage crew she was lifted up onto the platform so that she could make her entrance at the top of the walkway that the boys walked through at the end of the show and from there she could feel the lights hitting her.  Her hand tightened around the microphone as the actual track started playing through the speakers and she brought it to her lips.  “Let me show you how it’s really done.”

Selena sauntered out onto the stage, the cheers of the crowd growing louder as she took a look around the stadium with a grin on her face.  She took a few more steps down the walkway as she began singing, her hand moving out to high five Liam as she walked past him first.

“I’m on my 14 carats, I’m 14 carat.
Doing it up like Midas, hmm.
Now you say I got a touch so good, so good
Make you never want to leave, so don’t, don’t.”

The brunette moved her hips to the beat of the song and turned her head to finally catch Harry’s eyes, a smirk painted on her lips.  She had a hand on her hips as she swayed her hips from side to side, lowering herself closer to the ground till she came back up, popping her backside out in a suggestive manner.

“Gonna wear that dress you like, skin tight
Do my hair up real, real nice and syncopate my skin to your heart beating.
‘Cause I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh
I just wanna look good for you, good for you, uh-huh
Let me show you how proud I am to be yours,
leave this dress a mess on the floor
And still look good for you, good for you, uh-huh.”