Ok, let’s try this again.
This has nothing to do with games and is not a matter of legitimate public interest, but is simply a personal matter. I would hope and request that the games press be respectful of what IS a personal matter, and not news, and not about games. This…
It’s no surprise to me that there are any number of arguments going on in the Pop Culture/ Comics/ Anime/ Web Comics/ Nerd Art community right now. Any group worth belonging to is going to have it’s disagreements, and the sheer number of crazy creative people in our world will dictate that we aren’t all going to agree on…well…anything.
I actually think that’s a good thing.
Seriously, it keeps our lives (and probably our art) interesting. Think about it. How many times have you had a discussion with a fellow member of our community that left you excited, energized and ready to go make more art? Did you always agree on everything? Did you share exactly the same thoughts, experiences, and world views? Of course not.
Because that would be boring.
As artists, creatives, and the people who love them, we are many things, but rarely boring. That’s why we choose to live in a world filled with magic and monsters and super heroes. Sure, our community is a mixed bag of different (and often contradictory) ideas. But we are lucky enough to hang out in a place where the very dissonance of those ideas banging off of each other is a kind of music that can (and will) lead to newer and better ideas.
We need to remember that the ongoing arguments and discussions within our community are part of what makes it amazing. We ought to value our differences as much, or even more, than our similarities. And when we forget, when we begin treating people within our community as lesser or diminish their worth, we cause harm, not only to them but to ourselves.
So hey, maybe don’t be a dick.
I’m not suggesting that we all have to like one another. I’m not suggesting that we all have to agree about the meaning of life and the universe, or what “Art” is. That would be boring.
But maybe we can stop making villains of the people we disagree with. Perhaps we don’t have to ascribe malicious intent to those who see the world differently than we do. In fact, lets agree that you and I can disagree sometimes and that it doesn’t make either of us bad, just different.
My dad just came into my room and shouted at me in Klingon.
Am I more embarrassed that he did that or that I know he said I was a disappointment to the empire?
You should be most embarrassed that you’re a disappointment to the empire.
So much love. Also smiles.
Pink Lady, mod geisha
"Today’s shooting in Troutdale, about a half-hour east of Portland, comes just two days after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
Which came just two days after the shooting at the courthouse in Forsyth County, Georgia.
Which came just four days after the shooting on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Which came just a week after the mass shooting near UC Santa Barbara.”
You just wrap your head around that for a couple of minutes, without judgement. Read that quote calmly, logically, without dogma or political leanings.
The fact that our culture allows this to continue is abhorrent. Not from an anti or pro stance, nor from a right or left, but from the simplest form of basic human existence in which one has the right to live.
America, we are doing it wrong and, until we act, we prove that we are not nearly as disturbed by that fact as we should be.
Fuck yeah, Ask Amy.
"I can’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you’re saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it’s not literally illegal to express."
(via xkcd: Free Speech)
Thank you XKCD! This is so accurate.
William H. Foster III, comic book historian, on representation in comic books. From PBS’s Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle.
Because a post crossed my dash recently asking why we need to push for more representation in comic books and media in general. 50 years later, this man still tears up because in one panel, Peter Parker spoke to an unnamed black kid. That’s why we need representation.
never not reblog this ever
Wow, and this was a FOX news guy.
love this guy.
And they said good things would never happen on Fox News.