If you look at say “Voltron”, as a random example, you’ll hear about notorious incidents and a lot of drama and some events that even made it to press, but - guess what - it gets it publicity and keeps it relevant. If I type in “Voltron” right now, I can go through pages and pages and pages of content, until I’d have to choose to stop, as I’d be there for hours upon hours.
Anne Rice refuses to have an editor (so the quality drastically declined, which is why I always say there’s only a trilogy of “The Vampire Chronicles”), and she also refuses to let the fandom exist … if you can’t exchange fan theories, or fanfiction, or fanart -? You’ll probably end up forgetting about the series. I can literally go through tags like “Lestat” or “Anne Rice” in less than twenty minutes per tag, as so little is said or known about them in this modern climate.
It’s probably why she’s needed to sell out and make a film.
Anne Rice has a huge core base of fans, but times move on … hardcore fans may buy new books, because of the cult-like status, but if you talk to someone under twenty then how likely are they to even know who ‘Lestat’ is or that ‘Louis’ isn’t just a French chef from a Disney film or a One Direction member? How many of us pick up the new books or even notice when they get released? How many good reviews does she get as of late by critics?
This new film will bring a whole new base of viewers, which will also bring a whole new base of readers, and this naive woman thinks she can still control those people and keep her works “hers” … it won’t happen. A work stops being “yours” the minute you put it in the public domain.
Oh, and this generation -? I barely recognise it.
They won’t be afraid like we are … they’ll post works to AO3, which has a legal team to back them up, and others will follow suit, then people like me will join in because we’ll finally feel the numbers are too large for her to hit, and then others will follow … they’ll be fanart sites, fanfiction sites, and Tumblr will be flooded with “are Louis/Lestate an item?” and “is Gabrielle a bitch or a hero?” and “which books do you consider canon?”
You can’t put the genie back in the bottle. The second this movie gets made, and a whole new generation grabs a hold of it, it will no longer be her work and she won’t be able to do jack-shit about it … changes in laws, like “fair use”, and changes in how social media operates, and a press very much against censorship with recent political changes, too …
The idea is already in her head when the ship crash decides it for her.
ALIEN SHIP CRASHES IN A WAR ZONE, headlines read across the globe. It’s a cargo hull full of refugees fleeing one war to drop straight into another. There are outreach groups petitioning the UN, the president, anyone who could send aide. Everyone is at a standstill about it, as no country wants to take in a few hundred aliens, and every day reports come in of refugees dying in the crossfire.
She’d already been toying with the idea of activism, especially now with aliens openly living under the amnesty act. So she tells the DEO she wants to go overseas to help stabilize and protect the refugees. She’s told absolutely no, she gets a direct order from the president herself to stand down. America has a loose financial tie to one of the countries at war and Supergirl interfering could cost the US millions in trade deals. Kara tries to argue she’s not property of the US, she’s here to protect everyone. They tell her as long as she is a protected member of their operations she belongs to America. So Kara agrees to keep supergirl here, but Kara Danvers puts in a call to Cat Grant, who just so happens to have media operations in the war zone and a standing open position for any job Kara ever wants.
So Kara Danvers climbs into a rickety old cargo plane and flies East, feeling the pages of her life fluttering into a new, exciting chapter.
Okay, I’ve been wanting to kind of say something about this for a while but have refrained from doing so, mainly because I like to remain neutral on things and not upset anybody. But I’ve changed my mind.
Why are ideas about a defective culture so widespread when there is so much evidence for material causes of continued Black inequality. One reason is the way that the political system, elected officials, and the mainstream media operate–sometimes in tandem and sometimes independent of each other–to reinforce this “common sense” view of society…
For example, when Democratic leader and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to garner support for his plan to curb gun violence, he focuses on what he likes to describe as the “four P’s: policing, prevention, penalties, parenting”… President Obama also linked youth gun violence in Chicago to values and behavior when he said, “We have to provide stronger role models than the gangbanger on the corner”. The problem, according to these examples, is that crime and poverty in cities are not products of inequality but of a lack of discipline.
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor
Hey, so my character needs to get administrative access to a school computer, but she doesn't know any of the passwords. Do you know of any way she may be able to do this?
I was wondering how long it would be before this one would come across the desk. Alrighty, here we go, kids.
Gaining admin access to a computer depends on the operating system that is installed. Most school computers have windows, so I’ll go with that for the purposes of this ask. I’m also going to assume that your character is somewhat computer literate, knows at the very least how to follow directions that involve the command line.
One option for your character requires only a little technical knowhow, a little bit of google-fu, and the money for a USB stick (use a school provided one for extra irony points).
sorry not sorry. Answering ask now, serious face.
With this handy-dandy USB stick, your character can create what is called a live disc. A live disc is a media that contains an operating system a computer can use without installing anything. There are many different distributions of Linux that allow you to do this, if your character wants to be REALLY fancy they can make a TAILS (which stands for The Amnesic Incognito Live System) disc which endeavors to leave no trace behind. And it’s free!
With this live disc and a handy little Linux utility that edits the users and registry of a windows operating system (the name of the utility is weird, you won’t need it to write your character), your character can plug it into a school computer and boot up their operating system instead. They might have to do a little BIOS fiddling but in most cases it’s pretty simple. Once they have booted up their own OS on the computer they can go into the Windows system files that are stored on the computer’s hard disk and use the command line (and about three short lines of commands) to set a new password, blank the password, or promote a user to admin. Reboot the computer and bingo: admin access.
The silence in Sinai: Covering Egypt's 'war on terror'
For the past three years, Egyptian forces have been fighting ISIL offshoot Wilayat Sinai in the Sinai peninsula, but the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has managed to keep a tight lid on the story.
Journalism that deviates from official accounts has been criminalised under an anti-terror law. And a narrative is being pushed out across all forms of pro-government media that the army’s operations in Sinai are successful, just, and even heroic.
The government in Cairo wants Egyptians and the international community to believe it has the insurgency in Sinai completely under control. It is a carefully crafted narrative that - without independent scrutiny - is near impossible to verify.
“Whenever you have a war going on like this you tend to have restrictions on the media,” explains Joe Stork, deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch.
“Media access is closely controlled. But it’s not just journalists. There’s no independent or potentially critical perspective allowed into Sinai. Or in the case of people who already live there, you know, their views, their testimonies, their accounts are not allowed out of Sinai,” he says.
In April this year, a video surfaced that shattered the government-managed media narrative and renewed allegations of torture, forced disappearances and killings at the hands of the Egyptian Army.
It appeared to show a group of government-backed militiamen executing two captives.
Researchers and activists recognised at least two of the civilians in the video. Back in November 2016, images and videos of their deaths were circulated online by government and pro-government groups. The men were the same, but there was a very different narrative about how they’d been killed.
“The military spokesperson described the men as ‘terrorists that were killed during an anti-terror operation in northern Sinai’. But the leaked video clearly shows that at least two of the men are unarmed at the time and our analysis indicates that the arms were later planted next to their bodies to make it look like there was an exchange of fire,” says Sherine Tadros, head of Amnesty International’s United Nations office in New York.
The government has chosen to remain silent about the video, but many Egyptian media outlets did not.
The Egyptian government has an interest in maintaining its narrative of successfully fighting terror. Between 2011 and 2015, Cairo received $6.5bn in US military aid.
The Egyptian military has reported more than 6,000 deaths in northern Sinai since mid-2013. That figure greatly exceeds the number of militants in the area: estimated at no more than 1,000, according to the DC-based think-tank, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
The inability to verify what is really happening has created a void for the ISIS-affiliated Wilayat Sinai to fill with its own propaganda. Its latest release portrays its fighters as disciplined and methodical, patiently aiming and then firing at Egyptian soldiers, who are made to look panicked and vulnerable.
“When you are prohibiting and stopping access for journalists, reporters and researchers to investigate and report on what’s happening there, you are creating a knowledge gap. And when you are doing that this gap is also being filled with the terror groups’ propaganda,” explains Nancy Okail, executive director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.
The Egyptian government did eventually allow Egyptian journalists in April to survey the Sinai. However, it silenced critical voices like that of Ismail al-Iskandarani, a prominent Sinai researcher and journalist who was arrested in December 2015 on charges of spreading false news and being a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He has been in jail without trial for a year and a half now.
“Ismail al-Iskandarani is the perfect example of how the regime is not tolerating any independent views. The reason that he caught the government’s attention is that he was critical of the military’s way of handling the insurgency,” says Egyptian writer and researcher Maged Mandour.
tbh something that annoys me a lot about how Batman is portrayed is that you can do so many interesting things with him visullay, with how he moves with his cape, hides with it and behind it and uses it to glide through the night, and what would work best for that would be a lean physique yet most of the time he’s envisioned as this bulky af dude who just happens to be wearing a cape
this works really well visually
and yet most of the time we get this
like why is he as bulky as Superman?? how is that interesting??? how does that tell us anything about the characters???? it doesn’t, it’s just strict adherence to hypermasculinity and it frustrates me
Batman is fucking sneaky, he hides, he’s quiet, he makes damn sure he has the jump on someone before he attacks - he’s not a bruiser he’s a fucking rogue okay. leaving him behind his cape tells us that much better than giving him an eight pack
like take these pictures
they’re doing something interesting with the cape, but to me the emphasis on his muscles really distracts from what could be something that worked quite well if rendered more simply. the constant emphasis on him being big and muscular detracts from an otherwise interesting visual design.
this isn’t about any one installment being better than another, i’m still not a fan of the body type they chose for him in B:TAS and I do think the Arkham games portrays the cape gliding well, my only point is that I’m so tired of seeing him drawn with hypermasculinity as the main goal instead of with visual storytelling in mind.
There are a great many treasures buried in my mountain o’ crap that I reclaimed when my mother moved across country. Things I’d not seen in decades. Things like twenty year old anime magazines.
These scans come from a 1996 issue of Animerica (Volume 4, Number 8) featuring Sailor Moon as the cover story. As I mentioned, I haven’t read much due to my spoiler paranoia, but everything I did read was SO INACCURATE I WANT TO RETURN TO 1996 AND GIVE EVERYONE AT ANIMERICA A HAND DRAWN PICTURE OF MYSELF LOOKING VERY DISAPPOINTED AT THEM
A newly uncovered relic of a time gone by, or a revisit of a blatant and misinformed bit of 90s anime boom cash-in? YOU DECIDE.
I have higher quality scans in an album over on imgur, including assorted other relevant pages from the magazine that I’ll have coming for you in Part Two in just a moment.
My dad has recently gotten into climate change denialism; he watches a lot of Fox News and has always been one of those absolute wastes of space who thinks “overpopulation” (read: non-white people existing) is the real problem with the world, as well as a host of other selfish and ignorant beliefs. But this was new. I unfortunately do think it is a fascinating look at how conservative media operates.
With something like climate change, where the facts are essentially indisputable, the sort of thinking they have to employ to dispute it becomes more obvious. 98% of climate scientists agree that climate change is a reality. CO2 levels, glacial melt levels, average temperature levels, global deforestation… all of these are verifiable.
So what’s a conservative outlet to do when the facts aren’t on their side but they have corporate interests to defend? Here’s what I’ve gathered from the way he tried to argue with me:
1. Sow seeds of anti-intellectualism. Scientists are overeducated and indoctrinated. Their conclusions are opinions, just like yours. Your opinion from your ass on the couch and the opinion of an expert who studies this subject are equally valid because education and study are not worthy of respect (unless they agree with you, which brings us to:).
1. Invent controversy; find the 2% who thinks its not a sure thing or not happening, give them airtime, and present that side as having equal weight. He seemed to think that a few (unpopular, even at the time) scientists in the SEVENTIES who thought global cooling was happening represented real uncertainty and so “who really knew.”
a. Then suggest that anyone who does not see this invented controversy as valid is being “closeminded,” “stuck in their beliefs,” or “intolerant” - a real thing he said to me
Conservatives have created a paradigm where facts doesn’t matter, real knowledge is actively disparaged, and “hearing both sides” has been twisted into a way to lend legitimacy to fringe agendas. It’s honestly kind of terrifying to hear up close, because it’s clear when you try to argue with them that they’re not operating from reality. I’m not sure what can be done about it.
Operation Mockingbird was a secret campaign by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to influence media. Begun in the 1950s, it was initially organized by Cord Meyer and Allen W. Dulles, it was later led by Frank Wisner after Dulles became the head of the CIA. The organization recruited leading American journalists into a network to help present the CIA’s views, and funded some student and cultural organizations, and magazines as fronts. As it developed, it also worked to influence foreign media and political campaigns, in addition to activities by other operating units of the CIA. In addition to earlier exposés of CIA activities in foreign affairs, in 1966 Ramparts magazine published an article revealing that the National Student Association was funded by the CIA. The United States Congress investigated, and published its report in 1976. Other accounts were also published. The media operation was first called Mockingbird in Deborah Davis’s 1979 book, Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and her Washington Post Empire.