So. We’re just three days away from dropping the first theme and getting this party started! We hope you guys are as excited as we are! If the response is anything to go by - holy shit you guys are more than excited.
This past week has been amazing - from the feedback, to the amount of interest, to the lovely people spreading the word and getting everyone hyped up! We can say it looks like there’s going to be a fair amount of participation, if the amount of people who’ve showed interest is anything to go by. So you guys should prepare yourselves for an influx of fan content! We know we are!
We just wanted to take this moment to thank you guys for sharing the Welters Challenge post, and telling fellow Magicians fans about it. We appreciate all the support you guys are giving the challenge immensely.
And we wanted to remind you guys that we are still here in case you have any questions. We received a few on Wednesday, but since then there haven’t been any. So, if you have any questions before the challenge begins - we’re here 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.
Other than that, remember the first theme will drop at 12am eastern standard time.
An extremely creative envelope. The card reads: Feeling old yet?Birthdays are good for you. My data shows that the people who have the most birthdays live the longest! I hope you have a wonderful day that is “glitch” free! Happy birthday Joe!
*literally just started* *hasn't finished its first season yet* *it's still on its fetus stage*
LET'S FUCK UP THE FANDOM AND FILL IT WITH HATE BECAUSE I DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT YOU'RE SHIPPING SO THEREFORE I WILL BLAST TO THE WORLD OF HOW WRONG YOU ARE IN YOUR TAG CAUSE WE'RE PATHETIC THAT WAY!
Blessed are the readers, for theirs is the archive.
Blessed are the betas: for they help us write the stories we see in our hearts. Blessed are they that kudo, for they reassure us that someone likes what we’ve done. Blessed are the rebloggers and reccers, for they help the readers find our work. Blessed are they which leave comments on a WIP that say something other than “write more please”: for they comfort us when we feel taken for granted. Blessed are the commenters; for their words bring us joy. Blessed are the loyal fans, for they keep the fandom alive. Blessed are the fan artists, for they bring our worlds to life before our eyes. Blessed are they which read an entire long fic and comment each chapter, for the string of comment notifications fills the writer’s heart with delight. Blessed are ye, who rec our fics in public and tag us, for seeing that we made somebody squee is the light in our days. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in fandom.
Gather round, children. Auntie Jules has a degree in psychology with a specialization in social psychology, and she doesn’t get to use it much these days, so she’s going to spread some knowledge.
We love saying representation matters. And we love pointing to people who belong to social minorities being encouraged by positive representation as the reason why it matters. And I’m here to tell you that they are only a part of why it matters.
The bigger part is schema.
Now a schema is just a fancy term for your brain’s autocomplete function. Basically, you’ve seen a certain pattern enough times that your brain completes the equation even when you have incomplete information.
One of the ways we learned about this was professional chess players vs. people who had no experience with chess.
If you take a chess board and you set it up according to a pattern that is common in chess playing (I’m one of those people who knows jack shit about chess), and you show it to both groups of people, and then you knock all the pieces off the board, the pro chess players will be able to return it to its prior state almost perfectly with no trouble, because they looked at it and they said, “Oh, this is the fifth move of XYZ Strategy, so these pieces would be here.”
The people who don’t know about chess are like, “Uh, I think one of the horses was over here, and maybe there was a castle over there?”
BUT, if you just put the pieces randomly on the board before you showed it to them, then the amateurs were more likely to have a higher rate of accuracy in returning the pieces to the board, because the pros are SO entrenched in their knowledge of strategy patterns that it impairs their ability to see what is actually there if it doesn’t match a pattern they already know.
Now some of y’all are smart enough to see where this is going already but hang on because I’m never gonna get to be a college professor so let me get my lecture on for a second.
Let’s say for a second that every movie and TV show on television ever shows black men who dress in loose white T-shirts and baggy pants as carrying guns 90% of the time, and when they get mad, they pull that gun out and wave it in some poor white woman’s face. I mean, sounds fake, right? But go with it.
Now let’s say that you’re out walking around in real life, and you see a black man wearing a white T-shirt and loose-fitting jeans.
And let’s say he reaches for something in his pocket.
And let’s say you can’t see what he’s reaching for. Maybe it’s his wallet. Maybe it’s his cell phone or car keys. Maybe it’s a bag of Skittles.
But on TV and movies, every single time a black man in comfortable, casual clothes reaches for something you can’t see, it turns out to be a gun.
So you see this.
And your brain screams “GUN!!!” before he even comes up with anything. And chances are even if you SEE the cell phone, your brain will still think “GUN!!!” until he does something like put it up to his ear. (Unless you see the pattern of non-threatening black men more often than you see the narrative of them as a threat, in which case, the pattern you see more often will more likely take precedence in this situation.)
Do you see what I’m saying?
I’m saying that your brain is Google’s autocomplete for forms, and that if you type something into it enough, that is going to be what the function suggests to you as soon as you even click anywhere near a box in a form.
And our brains functioning this way has been a GREAT advantage for us as a species, because it means we learn. It means that we don’t have to think about things all the way through all the time. It saves us time in deciding how to react to something because the cues are already coded into our subconscious and we don’t have to process them consciously before we decide how to act.
But it also gets us into trouble. Did you know that people are more likely to take someone seriously if they’re wearing a white coat, like the kind medical doctors wear, or if they’re carrying a clipboard? Seriously, just those two visual cues, and someone is already on their way to believing what you tell them unless you break the script entirely and tell them something that goes against an even more deeply ingrained schema.
So what I’m saying is, representation is important, visibility is important, because it will eventually change the dominant schemas. It takes consistency, and it takes time, but eventually, the dominant narrative will change the dominant schema in people’s minds.
It’s why when everyone was complaining that same-sex marriage being legal wouldn’t really change anything for LGB people who weren’t in relationships, some people kept yelling that it was going to make a huge difference, over time, because it would contribute to the visibility of a narrative in which our relationships were normalized, not stigmatized. It would contribute to changing people’s schemas, and that would go a long way toward changing what they see as acceptable, as normal, and as a foregone conclusion.
So in conclusion: Representation is hugely important, because it’s probably one of the single biggest ways to change people’s behavior, by changing their subconscious perception.
(It is also why a 24-hour news cycle with emphasis on deconstructing every. single. moment. of violent crimes is SUCH A TERRIBLE SOCIETAL INFLUENCE, but that is a rant for another post.)
You know what? Fuck you if you think “Russians deserve it”! Fuck you if you don’t show your solidarity with russian people because you don’t like russian government! Fuck you if you think “it’s not a big deal, cause it happened in Russia”
I am sick of people blaming my country for everything.
We are people too! And some of us need sympathy and support
when i was younger i used to think i wasn’t allowed to be picky about my relationships.
i thought that the only appropriate response to someone showing romantic interest in me was overwhelming gratitude - after all, anyone who wanted to date a sick girl must be a saint, right?
wrong. there are people who will fetishize your disability, and there are people who will use you to show off how “good” they are for deigning to date a disabled person. and (i didn’t figure this out until i met my current partner) there are also people who will love you for who you are, disability and all.
it is not a burden to love you, and there are so many people out there who will do so without reservation. don’t be afraid to look for them.
you are important, and you deserve healthy, happy love.
unfriendly reminder to everyone following me that i do not write book malec, i write show malec. if you reblog my fic saying that magnus was supposed to be taller or alec was supposed to have blue eyes, it’s futile and really annoying. i write malec based on harry and matt and that will not be changing
(pls forgive me, i’m not a photo editor. i just wanted ot7)
Hey, everyone! I recently hit 100 followers! I’ve had this blog since January and even though I had a rough start and I wanted to leave a few times, I’m very glad I pushed through. I wanted to save a follow forever for another milestone and just do a drabble game for this one but there are so many amazing blogs a wanted to thank. I really appreciate every single one of you guys. This blog has been a safe haven for me, and I can’t imagine how my life would be without it. I’ve felt much more loved on this blog in the short time I’ve had it than on my previous blog, which I had for 2 and half years before I left. Even though this blog may be considered ‘small’ to some people (not that it matters to me), I still feel as if I genuinely matter to all of you, and I can’t thank you enough. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude. I really do care about all of you.
All the users that show up under my followers are my friends, and I care about each one of you so much. Thank you all so much for all that you’ve done for me. I’m beyond grateful.