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Gene Demby explains the Overton Window

“[Trevor] Noah isn’t wrong that compromise and good-faith are necessary for functional politics. But. There’s this idea in media studies called the Overton Window. Basically, the MSM defines the universe of legitimacy in public discourse. The news media covers/gives voice to lay inside the realm of legitimacy; the stuff it downlplays/ignores is on the fringes/unacceptable.

People of all ideological stripes try to expand and move the Overton window; the Civil Rights Movement did this exceptionally well.
Illegitimate ideas–and noxious/dangerous ones–creep into the universe of legit via the language of controversy and debate. This is how a lot of the mainstreaming of the so-called “alt-right” is already happening: 

“Let’s put these noxious ideas up for discussion!”

“Let’s debate them and smack down those janky ideas with superior facts and logic!”

And those ideas up for debate tend to be things like whether Muslims are inherently violent or Black people possess lower native intelligence.
And slowly, the Overton Window shifts. And suddenly, the humanity of entire groups is a subject of legitimate, mainstream debate. And then so do the policy ideas that correct the “problems” presented by those groups. It doesn’t happen all at once. And it starts small, like having people on your show to debate whether Islam = terrorism or BLM = The KKK. This is the problem presented by treating Tomi Lahren as a person whose views are worth fighting about/engaging. And more broadly, it’s the danger presented by supposed “alt-right” thinking given official legitimacy by the White House. These notions will become just another set of seemingly partisan positions to be argued about, pro/con style on CNN.”
'The Bachelor' contestants fall in love with each other
Just because you don’t win The Bachelor doesn’t mean you can’t find love on the popular show.

This is the first time I have ever been interested in The Bachelor: Two contestants on the Australian version of the show, Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon, found love not with the *bachelor* they were competing for, but with one another. 

Here’s what Megan posted on Instagram in honor of Tiffany’s birthday:

I met Tiffany in a very strange situation. Well… we were kind of dating the same guy. And it was filmed and put on TV 😂. From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before. Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other- and continues to make plans for itself. Yesterday I flew this beautiful woman to The Abrolhos islands for her 30th birthday! I have to admit that I felt so so proud to be with her, my favourite person, celebrating such a momentous occasion on the water- a mutual love of ours. She is so confident in the ocean and in every adventure, as if every new experience is a winning of the lottery somehow; a chance to grow and learn and develop. To Tiffany, experience wins over the worldly acquisition of ‘things’ every time- and I think this is why she is so open-minded, so accepting of others, so fun and so at ease with letting winds blow her towards a variety of opportunities. She’s helped me to disintegrate many of the ideals I’ve had that were harmful (about relationships, about career and 'stability’) and for that I feel set free. Thank you for always asking questions (detective Tiff), for being curious about people, ideologies and the universe; for loving people with such a wholesome love that I don’t know if I would ever be able to emulate. It inspires me. Happy Birthday Tiffany. I love you.

This is the reality television story I’m here for.
Social Media Responds to Trump's Claim That Female Staff Should ‘Dress Like Women’
In response to a report that President Donald Trump likes his female employees to “dress like women,” the Internet is responding in kind by showing the politician just what women actually do wear to work.

Taking to social media, users shared that Trump’s perception of workwear — the dresses-and-skirts only policy that female Trump employees told veteran political reporter Mike Allen that they felt pressured to wear while working for Trump on the campaign trail — is far from the reality.

The collective social media clapback has reached a fever pitch with the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman to provide some visual aids to the new president as to what this term really means to so many women.

[Also trending: #DressLikeAWomen] 

chibisensei110787 replied to your post “So I trust Mod-chan has been aware of the current situation going on…”

Damn it people, if you don’t like it, don’t read it. Voltage isn’t going to change their stories because a small bunch of people in another country are snowflaking out over them. This game isn’t real & doesn’t even try to be realistic. Let’s be honest here. Would you date someone like Ieyasu’s character in real life? Probably not because he would be abusive & threatening to kill you…a lot. You can’t look at otome games in terms of reality because they’re not.

Okay, to an extent, I understand where you’re coming from–SLBP is a localization, and on one hand, they’re just translating the stories they’re being given. And you’re right that there is a line between fantasy and reality that needs to be drawn–fiction is allowed to be a space for exploring darker concepts that one otherwise wouldn’t abide to in real life. That’s fine.

But the problem here is that “don’t like, don’t read” cannot apply here when you don’t know what it is you’re reading. There are not any warnings within the game that tell you when to expect dubious consent (or that tell you there’s dubious consent at all), and the biggest problem in this respect is that you have to pay for the epilogue before you know what it is you’re buying. Reading it for free is one thing, but there are people that spent actual money on this only to be greeted with something that’s made them uncomfortable and unhappy. More importantly, SLBP is rated for teens 13+. This means that 1) this game shouldn’t have explicit sexual content, but it does and 2) they can market this game to young girls who might otherwise not know any better–just because we understand the difference, doesn’t mean a younger audience does. Some of them are being exposed to this for the first time. 

And I reiterate, just because we know it’s not real, does not mean we shouldn’t be critical of the media we consume. I didn’t download a game to read about sexual assault, and the biggest problem is that they completely normalize and romanticize it. Rape isn’t okay, and forcing yourself on someone until they agree doesn’t set a good example. Unless this game was marketed for dubious consent (and there are otome in that genre–take Diabolik Lovers, for an extreme example), I don’t see why we should see it in the romance story we’re reading. I understand that there’s really only so much we as western fans can do–again, we’re getting translated content, so unless we get responses from Japanese devs, then not much is going to change. But if anything, there should at least be a mature rating on this game as a possible warning in the future.

Gentle reminder

I am acutely aware that yaoi fangirls fetishize male love, a fact that makes me uncomfortable at best and violated at worst in many fandom spaces.

From a gay man (with love): please know your place. Know that being heavily invested in a show because there is a beautifully written, canon gay relationship cannot compare to being heavily invested in a show because it’s directly relevant to your life. Know that your excitement from witnessing two men kissing is compounded tenfold when it means something deeply personal to you.

Fetishizing gay male relationships on fictional shows translates to diminishing and, by extension, disrespecting irl gay male relationships.

Gay men do not belong to you, not in fiction and not in reality. Our lives are not tv shows for prying eyes. Be aware of the difference between media and reality…AND know the effects one has on the other. We are all 110% welcome to love this show, but please keep in mind that the tears I shed over viktor and yuuri come from a very different place than yours.


Famous For Being Famous is a 150 minute found footage compilation film comprised of clips from the internet (archive interviews, paparazzi clips) showcasing Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian’s meteoric rise to fame. In 2005, Paris Hilton was the most googled item in the world and defined what it means to be a celebrity in the new millennium. Today, Paris has launched her brand on an international level while Kim Kardashian has dominated US headlines and amassed 50 million Instagram followers. Our culture has always been fascinated with elite members of society, but with the power of social media and reality television, more people than ever can obtain fame. Why is our culture so obsessed with these figures? Are the Kardashians destined to fade into obscurity or will they be able to turn their 15 minutes of fame into 30?

* Slams fist on the table*

I’m so sick and tried of tumblr giving creators/writers/artist crap for not writing/drawing/creating sickening sweet, nice things. So what, if they don’t want to write about such things.
Not everything in media has to be so freaking nice.
Media should give be able to give people oppurtnities to explore and create, what they can’t in reality, media shouldn’t be censored because it neither correlates with your beliefs or makes you uncomfortable, if don’t like do not freaking read/look at it than and than send hate to the creator.
It’s like going to a Chinese restaurant, knowing it is a Chinese restaurant and than get pissy and offended because they only sell Chinese food and than threaten the owners for serving it, because you don’t like it, when you could of simply not gone in said restaurant to begin with.
And on another note, I find laughable that certain people on this site preach against abuse and yet, act abusive themselves when they go and harass, stalk, send threatening messages to people who happen to like villains, series that focus on dark topics and ships that they consider unhealthy.
You really are showing people the light aren’t you. But Anyhow back to the topic at hand, stop treating people like monsters and abuse apologists for not liking nor creating sweet, nice, vanilla, goody to shoes, wholesome things.
Your not them and they aren’t you. People like different things, get over it or simply avoid things, like any sane person, you don’t like and stay in your own lane.

Good enough

Doesn’t it fucking suck when you try your hardest to be everything everyone wants you to be yet it’s never good enough.

You try to make everyone happy but it’s impossible for you to do something good for someone without upsetting another person.

We often try our hardest to make others happy and forget to make ourselves happy in the long run.

Just stop, stop running around after everyone, stop trying to fit in, stop trying to make everyone happy.

Focus on you, make yourself first priority, make yourself happy, how do you expect to make anyone happy when you’re not happy yourself.

hi if you support tribetale and see nothing wrong with it, you are supporting both racism and pedophilia. frisk is canonically a child who is being shipped with sans in this au, who is obviously an adult. (and even if frisk is “aged up” ….. the artist sure didnt put enough effort into making them look it!)

and apparently people are saying “it cant be racist! its beautiful!” yknow…… they still put frisk in a headdress. they are traditionally worn by male leaders of the American Plains Indians Nations who have earned a place of great respect in their tribe.

oh.. and before you go spouting “fiction isnt reality!”, consuming media like this only makes you normalize racist and pedophilic behaviour by conditioning yourself to like it.

supporters fuck off and check your logic.