"Thank you for submitting your report so quickly Detective Paul. Psych still wants to do an eval, so don’t forget to check in with them before you leave." Maldonado nodded and glanced to her holoscreen, but kept her eyes on Richard.
Richard Paul rolled one shoulder absently and looked out of Captain Maldonado’s office at his MX. He took a deep breath. “I hear Kennex was makin’ up stories about my absence.” He had heard the rumors about his infections, heard about the money pool to help pay for the little donut pillow.
Sandra smiled to him. “I didn’t tell anyone about your undercover op, Richard. They all think you took your mother to Mexico.”
This is who Sandra was. He always forgot that. He nodded to her. “Thanks for not saying anything, Sandra.” She lifted her chin and he could feel her eyes narrow. “Eh, Captain.” She smiled wryly. He chuckled nervously and raised a hand to the back of his bald head.
"If you need more time, Richard, you have a few more days saved up."
But she was also like that. He took another breath and dropped his hand to elbow height. “No, no. Thank you. I’m fine.”
She turned her chair directly toward him. “Richard, with both of these ops being so close together, I would understand if you want to take a couple days.”
He nodded again. “I appreciate your concern, Captain, but I took the required time and I have more sessions with a-” he hated saying it, “therapist in the coming weeks. I’m fine, I promise.”
Sandra looked out to Richard’s MX, who had shifted his focus to his partner. “Right. Just check in with Psych before you leave, maybe schedule your eval with them for tomorrow morning.” She squinted at the MX, trying to discern if it had concern programmed onto its features. Before she could complete her assessment, Richard mumbled out a response and headed out of her office. He didn’t have to ask for his MX to follow him.Read more
I was cruising through the net, following the cold trail of one of the periodic “Is or is not Fanfic the Ultimate Literary Evil?” arguments that crop up regularly, and I’m now bursting to make a point that I never see made by fic defenders.
We’re all familiar with the normal defenses of fic: it’s done out of love, it’s training, it’s for fun. Those are all good and valid defenses!
But they miss something. They damn with faint praise. Because the thing is, when you commit this particular Ultimate Literary Evil you’ve now told a story. And stories are powerful. The fact that it wasn’t in an original world or with original characters doesn’t necessarily make it less powerful to any given reader.
I would never have made this argument a few years ago. A few years ago I hadn’t received messages from people who were deeply touched by something I wrote in fanfic. So what if it’s only two or three or four people, and I used someone else’s world and characters? For those two or three or four people, I wrote something fucking important. You cannot tell me that isn’t a valid use of my time and expect me to feel chastened. I don’t buy it. I won’t feel ashamed. I will laugh when you call something that touches other people ‘literary masturbation.’ Apparently you’re not too up on your sex terminology.
Someone could argue that if I’d managed the same thing with original characters in an original world, it could’ve touched more people. They might be right! On the other hand, it might never have been accepted for publication, or found a market if self published, and more importantly I would never have written it because I didn’t realize I could write. The story wouldn’t have happened. Instead, thanks to fanfic being a thing, it did. And for two or three or four people it mattered. When we talk about defending fanfic, can we occasionally talk about that?
I was thinking yesterday about fandom gatekeepers and straight white fanboys with chips on their shoulders and how much they suck, and while as female fans it’s immensely satisfying to lay the smack down with proof of our nerd cred, I think it’s important to also emphasise that it’s okay to be a ‘casual fan.’
It’s okay to have only seen the Marvel movies and not read the comics. It’s okay to have not seen every single episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s okay to not have memorised entire scenes worth of dialogue from Star Wars. It’s okay to not know every single detail from 50+ years worth of Captain America continuity.
It’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay to ask questions, and it’s okay to walk into a comics store after having seen a cool superhero movie and not know where to start (and by the way, older fans, screaming ‘just google it!’ at a new fan when a new fan asks a basic question is a) rude, b) not actually helpful considering the state of a lot of wikipedia entries).
Everyone was a new fan once. Just because someone is newer to a fandom than you are doesn’t mean they’re less worthy of being treated with respect and courtesy. It’s a fucking fandom, not the Free Masons.
The last line, though, is actually kind of indicative of the bigger problem, because let’s face it: humans like their hierarchies, and they impose them, mostly for the worse, on every single social group that’s ever existed. Fandom and the Freemasons aren’t actually miles apart to begin with.
I mean, let’s take a look at this basic pyramid of people, shall we:
You have a creator, who made some awesome stuff, and so everyone thinks he/she is awesome.
You have the inner circle: people who’ve worked with the creator or know him/her closely, and who either stay distant and untouchable or end up kind of running the show for everyone else. Some of them are super cool, welcoming, and like to share. Some of them protect their position by all means necessary, and dole things out sparingly, expecting praise, admiration, and affirmation of status.
You have the hardcore followers, who aren’t quite inner circle but really, really want to be, who go on and on about how much they know and how devoted they are. Like at any other rung, some of these people are great, and some will make you want to put your own eyes out with a fork. Same basic issues as above, just with even less justification.
Then you’ve got the masses, the general batch of followers, who are into it but not at an intense level. They’ll show up at the big events and generally enjoy themselves, but don’t feel a huge obligation to the cause. The rung above will either try to draw them in deeper, or thinks they’re posers, or both.
Beyond that are the people who don’t care at all, and/or are into something else entirely, although the folks at pretty much every rung above will either try their best to reel them in — or think they’re lost causes.
Did I just describe fandom, or organized religion?
Or secret societies? Or governments? Or high school cliques?
Or anything, really?
Fandom problems crop up in slightly different forms in all of the above groups, but for much the same reason, and most of it just has to do with the sorts of people who are greedy assholes with superiority complexes, and would act the same way regardless of topic. You’re trying to fix a problem that’s way, way bigger than fandom, and that’s part of the reason it’s so damn hard.
Pagerunner is speaking truth.
Even those who dislike hierarchy still tend to look for it. Our monkey brains naturally try to figure out who the head monkey is (whether we’re going to grovel to them or challenge them or attempt to ignore them, which is socially a challenge). We sort people in a group into levels.
I often go back to my (folk/trad) music community as an example of a a community that has very little social stratification — and it does! But that doesn’t mean that basic hierarchy isn’t there. It’s just compressed. There isn’t much distance between the layers, but that doesn’t mean people don’t see strata and circles based on skill (or influence, or longevity in the community). I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about why that is — Imnsho, the best way to compress the hierarchical layers is if people near the top are being actively inclusive.
Neutrality actually looks like exclusivity to people farther down the pyramid.
Fandom is weird because… well, because lots of reasons. But some people in fandom (and it seems some fandoms more than others) — the gate keepers — have an actively exclusionary bent. I think it’s pretty transparently that they’re afraid of being displaced from their spot on the ladder.
They apparently haven’t figured out that A) there’s room for more than one person on that rung, B) helping people actually moves you farther up the ladder in most communities (mentors and helpers are respected), and C) the ladder itself is just something that is, not necessarily something that’s important.
the only reason your art looks awful to you is because you had an image in your head and the art you created doesnt match it
other people have no image, so when presented with the art you created, they’re usually pretty impressed, because wow you made that out of nothing!! its so cool!!
so next time you want to judge your own art badly try to remember that you’re comparing it to the perfect picture you had in your head as opposed to recognizing that hey u made a thing out of nothing how cool is that
Oscar nominees Best Animated Feature 2014
Earlier today this article was brought to my attention, in which it becomes clear that some of the Academy voters have little to no respect for the animation industry. They openly admit not having watched the nominated films and/or claiming that animated films are for kids, so they didn’t vote. Even the ones shown in the article that did vote barely motivated their choice.
I find this extremely disrespectful of the animators who poured their heart and soul into making these movies, only to have their work be pushed aside without a second glance by the judges of one of the most prominent and well known film awards out there. As an aspiring animator, I am deeply insulted.
Please note that in this post I am expressing no opinion on whether Frozen should have won or not. I think it’s a wonderful film, just as all the other nominees. I am simply saying that we deserve better.
What they did is disrespectful to the creators of every single one of these films, even Frozen. By barely motivating their choice, they make it look like they voted for Frozen simply because of Disney’s status in the industry. Because it’s Disney, and it made a lot of money, so it had to be at least somewhat good. To me it seems like some of the voters just defaulted to voting for the Disney film, and nobody likes to win by default.
Don’t get me wrong, I too have been guilty of loving Disney simply because it’s Disney, but there is so much more beautiful animation out there and it deserves to be taken into consideration. And if Frozen won, it should have won because the majority of the voters thought it was the best film, not because part of the voters was too lazy to even watch the nominated films.