Here’s why, sometimes, shows & stories with comparatively few problematic elements and a whole lot to recommend them otherwise end up being the subject of as much, if not occasionally more, angry deconstruction than shows & stories which are problematic all over:
Imagine a friend invites you to go swimming with sharks. Straight away, it’s obvious this is a dangerous activity, but sharks are majestic and beautiful, and it would be a hell of an experience - plus, it’s something your friend really loves, and it’d give you something special to share with them. Nonetheless, there are risks. You’ll be in a steel cage, at sea, underwater, breathing tank oxygen, surrounded by wild carnivores - there’s a lot that can go wrong. But the point is, if you agree to do this thing, it’ll be in full knowledge of the danger. You’ll have time to back out, time to prepare yourself. It might still end up being more than you can handle, but that’s OK - you’ve braced for the possibility. You understand the risks. And then the day comes, and it’s terrifying, but also sort of awesome. The steel cage protects you, and as soon as it gets overwhelming, you’re able to go home again, safe and sound.
Now imagine the same friend asks you to babysit their new dog. They tell you it’s a gorgeous, harmless puppy; they tell you how sweet and friendly it is. You say sure, bring it over! And your friend does so, and you’ve got this sweet-looking, roly-poly dog in your home, and you’re all geared up to relax, to play with it, to have a good time. But then the dog turns nasty with no provocation. It bites you, hard enough to draw blood. And you’re shocked, a little frightened, angry and betrayed. Sure, it’s a puppy, and puppies can be a little unpredictable, but now you’re injured, and your friend swore blind the dog was safe.
One of these incidents is potentially life-threatening, but under controlled circumstances and with proper preparation, it becomes an adventure. The other is potentially life-affirming, but under bad circumstances and with false advertising, it becomes a betrayal.
Or, to put it another way: some shows, like Supernatural, are shark tanks - there’s so much that’s potentially wrong and damaging there that, if someone just came and dropped us in without any warning, we’d be at a very high risk of injury. But when we know beforehand about the danger - if we accept the risk before watching - then we can just get on with enjoying what’s there to be enjoyed. Other shows, like Sleepy Hollow, are puppies - there’s so much about them to love and cuddle and cling to that we invite them into our homes, into the spaces of ourselves nominally reserved for intimacy and trust and self-care, so that when they turn and snap at us, the betrayal cuts to the quick.
The problem with shark tanks, in terms of critical analysis, is that we become so used to their dangers that sometimes, we forget to even discuss them, preferring to focus on the positive elements. After all, you can only point out the predatory nature of sharks, their ripping teeth and fearsome jaws so many times before the exercise starts to feel redundant - because sharks will always be sharks. You can build stronger cages, put up more signs warning about their presence and do everything in your power to make swimming with them a safe, friendly experience, but at the end of the day, they’re still killers. Puppies, however, can be trained. They’re young, still learning; so when they turn on us, there’s a real preventative value in decrying the failure, assessing the damage, examining how it happened. And it’s also very necessary, because these are creatures that live with us, that can hit us when we’re vulnerable - why wouldn’t we want them to be as safe, respectful and well-trained as possible?
This isn’t a perfect analogy. I’m implying a straight binary when it’s really a continuum, all types of stories surround us rather than existing at a remove, and of course narratives can change radically over time, whether for better or worse. Nor am I trying to excuse the horrendously deep-seated and pervasive problems inherent to various narratives under the guise of ‘it’s an adventure, and it’s OK if you’re properly prepared’. What I’m trying to say - clumsily, because it’s late and I’m hella tired - is that there’s a reason why we vehemently call out the stories we love, even when they’re already miles ahead of the competition, and an explanation - though not necessarily a justification - for why we sometimes neglect to get similarly outraged about more problematic material.
Because sometimes, there’s so much wrong with a thing that even the possibility of trying to deconstruct it all feels exhausting and futile; it’d be like yelling at a mountain and expecting it to fall, or tremble, or do anything other than just sit there, absorbing our words without change or comment. And so we make a choice: to either abandon it altogether, or just accept the problems as background noise and focus primarily on the things it does right. The thing is, though, that the ability to make the latter choice is a form of privilege: something we can only do if we’re not the ones being targeted, or if our mental/emotional security net is strong enough to take up the slack if we are. Expecting everyone to be able to just set these issues aside and go with the flow is like shoving them into a shark tank without any preparation and telling them to have an adventure, and that’s something we need to be aware of when making recommendations.
Anyway. I think that made sense? I hope that made sense.
I need to sleep.
The wild ramblings of an avid chemistry student, computer savvy geek, fine purveyor of steampunk, self-deploring fangirl, photographer and writer.
So, at the advice of a friend, I thought I’d have a go at 8tracks, which is actually a bit of a pain to use, but I though I’d share this anyway:
- There’s a Wah-Wah Girl in Agua Callente - Isham Jones Orchestra
- Hot ‘n’ Anxious - Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
- In My Merry Oldsmobile - Jean Goldkette Orchestra
- Dr Jazz - The Red Hot Peppers
- Where Are You Dream Girl? - Ben Selvin & His Orchestra (Featuring Chester Leighton)
- Clementine - Jean Goldkette Orchestra
- Don’t Keep Me In The Dark, Bright Eyes - Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
- Just Imagine - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
- Let’s Misbehave - Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
- Dead Man Blues - The Red Hot Peppers
- She’s Funny That Way - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
- My Pretty Girl - Jean Goldkette & His Orchestra
- Sing Song Girl - Ben Selvin Orchestra
- Put Your Arms Around Me - Jean Goldkette
- Sing You Sinners - Harlem Hot Chocolates
- Slow River - Bix Beiderbercke & The Jean Goldkette Orchestra
- Happy Days & Lonely Nights - Ben Selvin & His Orchestra
- Old Man Blues - Duke Ellington Orchestra
Strength is being able to crush a tomato.
Dexterity is being able to dodge a tomato.
Constitution is being able to eat a bad tomato.
Intelligence is knowing a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad.
Charisma is being able to sell a tomato based fruit salad.
|Me:||Oh my god.|
|Me:||I just realised that it's highly possible that'll be alive to see the 100th anniversary of Doctor Who. Shit. That's terrifying!|
|Mum:||...Would it be more terrifying if you weren't around for the anniversary?|
|Me:||...I don't actually know.|
|Me:||...*alarmed* Oh no! What if Doctor Who doesn't last that long?!?!?!|
|Me:||... Oh! You know what else I just realised?|
|Me:||In fifty years time, Steven Moffat will most likely be dead! ...or at least, not running the show anymore!|
So we’ve been getting a lot of messages about The Day of the Doctor and I finally got around to watching it yesterday. I found a lot of posts about it that I completely agree with and they’re in the queue, but I’m going to see if I can put my thoughts on the episode into a coherent essay.
First off, the things I did like. I liked the pace of the episode. For a lot of Moffat’s episodes and the episodes in season 7, they were often fast paced and sloppy with things crammed in that it was easy to miss just one detail that would’ve tied everything together. The extra half an hour made it possible for them to slow down and make most of everything coherent and included. I also really enjoyed the dynamic between David Tennant and Matt Smith and they both worked really well together with John Hurt. I loved the character of Kate Stewart and I really like it when competent women are in seats of power.
Now on to the bad things.
Tumblr already suggests tags which you’ve used before, but it would be really super handy if we could actually modify the tags we’ve used -
Eg, I use the tag “Nobody is listening to you Prussan” but when posting things from the Tumblr app I’ve accidentally written “Nobody’s listening to you Prussan” instead. Now, both tags pop up as suggestions when I go to tag something.
The ability to view private posts only - this would be uber handy! I like to keep posts for reference, but I don’t like clogging up my blog (and other people’s dashes) with a whole bunch of reblogs. So I reblog them as private posts. The filter by posts by private & only view them would be 10,000% awesome.
The ability to search private posts (or any post) in the Mass Post Editor. Again 10,000% awesome and incredibly useful. Searching for a phrase from anywhere in the post would be ideal, but tag searching would suffice
The ability to filter posts by post type, again, in the Mass Post Editor.
The ability to create a semi-private post - sometimes, there are things I want to rant about on Tumblr, which I don’t want non-Tumblarians to see. Post is visible to those with a Tumblr account, but invisible to those without (or who haven’t signed in).
I don’t know how achievable any of these things are - I only have limited experience with designing websites & all of that has been in very rudimentary, self-taught HTML.
I can see, as plain as day, that Tumblr is far, far more complex that anything I’ve had to work on, however, my instinct tells me, given the other features which I have seen Tumblr develop, that it’s probably possible.
Also, Tumblr is virtually Tardis Blue. If you would consider throwing the DW fandom an easter egg for the 50th, that would be cool of you.
"I often wonder if I should have been born in another time."
Elementary 2.06 - The Marchioness
prussanic-miscellanea asked: I'm sorry, this is going to be weird, but I wanted to say that when you reblogged that post which quoted Foz Meadows, you MADE MY WHOLE ENTIRE WEEK- DSKLAJDSFKLJLA;!!!! You & Foz Meadows are basically my favourite authors ever because you're both so fricking awesome!! I'm sorry, I had a bit of a fangirl moment there, but just I had to tell you how absolutely brilliant you are. <3
Aw, thank you! Foz is in fact super awesome, and we both hung out when we both lived in Melbourne.
You hung out with Foz Meadows, and the universe didn’t implode from too many highly intelligent lady feminists in the one room?!?!
I think I probably just blew a 5000 Amp fuse with my sheer feminist fangirl excitement. I just- I can’t even—
You guise!! You are just too awesome for this planet.
(Are you sure you’re not actually from some species of super-enlightened space beings who do everything *right*?
Are you sure you haven’t just been sent down her to tell humanity “Look guys, you fucked up”?
Because just for the record, I’m headcanoning that.
I’m sorry, I got a bit creepy bizarre there. I’mma gonna shut up now.)
Brian Cox tests the Doctor - ‘The Science of Doctor Who’ Preview
The Science of Doctor Who premieres Thursday, 14 November at 9pm on BBC Two and Monday, November 18 at 10pm ET on BBC America.
*MUFFLED SCREAMING FROM AUSTRALIA*
IF THE ABC DOESN’T BUY THIS FROM THE BBC, I THINK I MIGHT DIE!!!
Hate the new tag search page? I’m here to solve that problem.
When you search for something you get the URL: http://www.tumblr.com/search/(insert-tag-here)
Change it to: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/(insert-tag-here)
Because let’s face it, those two functions are really, fricking invaluable.
That would be fantastic.
Further confirming my theory that everything sounds 400% more epic when combined with “Skyfall.”
THAT’S IT. I’M DONE.