Okay, I don’t want to be a buzzkill, but it’s really starting to get my goat seeing folks who are absolutely old enough to know better romanticising the Internet circa 2000. Like, yeah, the Internet was smaller and less commercialised twenty years ago, but it was absolutely not a friendly place. You want to know what the Internet circa 2000 was like? There were popular Flash videos memeing on photos of Nazi death camp victims, and the latest viral trend was tricking people into looking at a high-resolution image of a man’s gaping anus. True, there was some great stuff, too, but acting like it was Hamster Dance and Homestar Runner as far as the eye could see is a pretty severe mischaracterisation.
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I honestly don’t get how do people rewatch shows SO MANY TIME SO QUICKLY!!! Like I see that a person just started watching a show and BOOM week later THEY REWATCHED IT 5 TIMES!!! And I also see people apologizing for not remembering stuff about a show and saying they need to rewatch it again!!!! GUYS!!!!! ITS OK TO NOT UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING ABOUT A SHOW!! I DONT REMEMBER/KNOW VERY IMPORTANT LORE STUFF AND FORGET VERY IMPORTANT PLOT POINTS IN SOME OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS!!! SOMETIMES I DONT KNOW IMPORTANT CHARACTER NAMES!!!! WHAT THE HELL GUYS!! WHERE DO YOU HAVE ALL THIS TIME!!! DONT YOU GET BORED??? DONT YOU HAVE OTHER SHOWS TO WATCH?!?
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Freaked myself out and destroyed my sleep schedule by watching both Midnight Mass and Squid Game within 48 hrs
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One of the things I always have mixed feelings about is the posts and blurbs about asexual that are immediately followed up by “aces can still have sex! Aces can enjoy sex!” It’s not that it’s a false saying, and for me, an ace who enjoys reading romance novels and media that includes sex, I do understand the need to defend the fact that watching and reading things doesn’t negate an orientation. However, and maybe I’m wrong, but so often the feeling I get when someone has to immediately say that
Hey op, it sounds like there’s supposed to be a second part to me, but I don’t see it. If you intended to write a part 2 send it again if you’d like.
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The infographic above (courtesy of Yalla! Let's Talk) was posted only six days ago and now Palestine is trending once again following Israel's new airstrike against the people of Gaza in the middle of the night.
Besides being a violation of the "ceasefire", which Palestinians themselves said would not resolve the core issue, this new wave of bombings is once again a reminder that a free Palestinian state cannot be achieved through lukewarm, inconsistent coverage and activism.
Here is a few resources, feel free to add more:
Build Palestine has provided a list of charitable organizations you can donate to, many of them are providing critical medical/ humanitarian aid to Gaza in particular.
The BDS Movement's Action Alerts, resource articles and images, and list of what to boycott and how to do it effectively.
A playlist of Abby Martin's Empire Files reports from Palestine
Working Class History's podcast on the history of Zionism, Settler Colonialism in Palestine, and Anti-Zionist Activism: Part 1 & Part 2
Article on how mainstream media and social media companies have targeted or marginalized support for the Palestinian cause
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Squid game would have not nearly been as impactful thematically if they didn’t have the second episode where everyone got to leave and chose to come back
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Things with no gay/queer rep can be progressive and groundbreaking actually and need to be part of the discussion of representation in media
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unpopular opinion: sometimes... fandom isn't that important. sometimes fandom isn't "that deep" to someone. sometimes people don't interact within the fandom and like to watch from afar. sometimes people just want to look at cool art or read cool fanfics, and that's it.
let's normalize fandom being a hobby or an interest and not a lifestyle. normalize taking a step back, taking time off and disconnecting from fandom without feeling bad. it's okay and healthy to prioritize yourself over media instead of consuming it 24/7. it's okay to set boundaries and enjoy something the way you need.
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Whatever Steven Universe’s faults, you’ve gotta give it credit for taking the standard “kid with a nontraditional family consisting of one aggressively normal mom and half a dozen increasingly fucked up dads” bit and very precisely flipping the script.
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Kind characters are not boring; in fact, due to the vast amount of people who hold that opinion, kind characters are as edgy as it gets. In this essay I will
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its literally the same thing
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The Illiad is pretty cool and fun to read and interesting but also my boy homer just spent nine pages describing each platoon of Agamemnon's army so the tastes of the people have changed a little over 3000 years.
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Union mine workers in Alabama are taking part in a historic strike, the first of its kind in four decades, accusing Warrior Met Coal of first exploiting its workers and now inspiring violence against them on the picket line. Freelance journalists are on the ground and local news has been covering the story from the start -- yet more than three months into the strike, the historic labor action has not received so much as a single mention from CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC.
The strike gained coverage from larger print publications like The Guardian and The Nation in June, but even after protesters faced arrest and targeted acts of violence, cable news still did not deem it newsworthy. (For comparison: Fox News, an outlet that has consistently claimed it cares about coal jobs, devoted 1 hour and 18 minutes over just five days that month to covering a school district in New Jersey that changed references to holidays on its academic calendar to simply “days off.”) When the miners took their efforts to New York City to protest the hedge funds that backed Warrior Met -- including its largest stakeholder, BlackRock -- the biggest names in news remained silent.
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We need to bring back the thing from 1980s horror movies where vampires are just constantly damp for no obvious reason.
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this is your brain on media
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