A few years ago, in 2007, I went to China for the first-ever, I believe, state-sponsored science fiction convention, and at some point I remember talking to a party official who was there and I said, ‘Up until now I have read in Locus that you lot disapprove of science fiction and science fiction conventions and these things have not been considerably encouraged. What’s changed? Why did you permit this thing? Why are we here?’ And he said ‘Oh you know for years we’ve been making wonderful things. We make your iPods, we make phones. We make them better than anybody else, but we don’t come up with any of these ideas. You bring us things and then we make them. So we went on a tour of America talking to people at Microsoft, at Google, at Apple, and we asked them a lot of questions about themselves, just the people working there. And we discovered that they all read science fiction when they were teenagers. So we think maybe it’s a good thing.’
-From Neil Gaiman’s “The View From The Cheap Seats”
Sorry if I'm bothering you but can you share why you think avatar is bad?
hoo boy man ur asking for a lot bc that show is a complete and utter M E S S. first, heres the main phrase my tibetan ass wants u to think about: its a show using asian/indigenous ppl and their devastating histories made by ignorant weeaboo white men. I want to write about it in detail bc i’ve always wanted to say something about this but never rly got around to doing it. maybe ill send this in letter format to the writers lol. anyways im going to split this up into parts. I’ll put a readmore bc its kinda long
“When we returned to Peking…we entered a dramatic and colorful world that had become
a political festival of the masses….[T]he campus was almost deserted after ten o‘clock in
the morning as students and teachers disappeared into their intense study sessions,
organizational meetings, and perusal of Cultural Revolution editorials and documents.
Everywhere on the walls of buildings, thousands of big-character posters stared out at us.
We were now to live amid a sea of language, a lively world of large blue, red, and yellow
And it was not only the students who participated in this orgy of writing and reading.
Shop clerks, workers, office employees, and bus drivers somehow carried on their work
while following the same basic routine as the students. It was a most impressive sight—
the population of a country which only twenty years before had been 80 per cent illiterate
conducting a national debate through the written word…The formidable organization of
the Chinese Communist Party, built up methodically over the decades, had been suddenly
overturned and replaced by a communications and organizational network which
embraced millions of ordinary citizens in a decision-making apparatus of their own. In
the evenings, thousands of mass meetings occurred simultaneously throughout the
capital. There the latest political developments were discussed, analyzed, and acted
Nancy and David Milton,The Wind Will Not Subside: Years in Revolutionary China—1964-1969, 1976, p. 148.
Is China really super capitalist right now? THat seems to contradict, like, everything I heard about them.
China has been really capitalist since Mao’s death, “To Get Rich Is Glorious”. They have wage slavery, massive corporations, unregulated companies, artificially low minimum wage, massive pollution, the works. They primary work with the US as the provider of our low wage labor for shitty cheap plastic products. They mix it with a Communist centralized control, and an almost merchanlist trade policy, as well as Imperial Chinese policies towards monopolies, so its a mixed system but there is a lot of capitalism
And then you have HOng Kong which is capitalism’s capital.