Charlie and the Great Glass Linkspam (30 Aug 2013)

  •  Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché. | Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs (Kickstarter): “Alice Guy (after her marriage known as Madame Blaché and after her divorce as Alice Guy-Blaché) went on to make one of the first narrative films ever made. By her own account, she made it in 1896 (some say before Georges Méliès). And she kept going. She made one of the first films ever with a close-up, created synchronized sound films as early as 1902, was in good part responsible for the birth and growth of the Gaumont film studio in Paris, France, which she ran for almost a decade.”
  • Choice: Texas, a Very Serious Game | Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple (Indiegogo): “Choice: Texas is an educational interactive fiction game. Players will explore the game through one of several characters, each of whom reflects specific socioeconomic, geographic, and demographic factors impacting abortion access in Texas.”
  • how bad infographics hold girls back from pursuing computer science | chris: “while expanding computational thinking to include female-coded approaches & activities is probably a good thing for expanding the field of computer science, suggesting it as an approach to getting more girls “interested” is just a repetition of the insidious idea that ladybrains are Just Different and need male-coded activities ~feminized~ before they’ll want to do it.”
  • Do Girls Really Experience More Math Anxiety? | Association for Psychological Science: “Girls report more math anxiety on general survey measures but are not actually more anxious during math classes and exams, according to new research. [...] Existing research suggests that females are more anxious when it comes to mathematics than their male peers, despite similar levels of achievement. [... The] results suggest that stereotyped beliefs regarding math ability, rather than actual ability or anxiety differences, may be largely responsible for women not choosing to pursue careers in math-intensive domains.”
  • Various Thoughts on Online Comments | Whatever: “Comments and comment threads have been problematic roughly as long as the ability to comment online has existed; the phrase “Oh God don’t read the comments” didn’t just come out of nowhere. [...] With regards to a personal blog, before anything else, it is a place for the blog’s proprietor(s) to speak their mind. It does not automatically follow, blogging software defaults aside, that anyone else should have that same privilege in that space.”
  • When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland | tressiemc: “Miley Cyrus made news this week with a carnival-like stage performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that included life-size teddy bears, flesh-colored underwear, and plenty of quivering brown buttocks. Almost immediately after the performance many black women challenged Cyrus’ appropriation of black dance (“twerking”). Many white feminists defended Cyrus’ right to be a sexual woman without being slut-shamed. Yet many others wondered why Cyrus’ sad attempt at twerking was news when the U.S. is planning military action in Syria.”

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7 thoughts on “Charlie and the Great Glass Linkspam (30 Aug 2013)

  1. d2k

    Patricia Marino on “Likabilism – “…likabilism expands on and overlaps with the traditional forms of discrimination. Because as long as there are these subjective judgments in evaluations, likability is going to be a huge factor in getting ahead.”

  2. Auronlu

    I wish we could somehow get this on the radar of rags like TIME Magazine and the Guardian that occasionally cover cosplay.

    SyFy created a fake “Heroes of Cosplay” reality TV show in which it pretends to show what cosplayers are like. Of course, the cosplayers it’s portraying are all paid actors, rather than real cosplayers, being planted at real cons and cosplay contests.

    It gets worse. They’re staging fake bad behavior by fans to make real fans look bad. They’re dubbing in lines that weren’t said to make real fans look bad. They’re rearranging footage out of order to juxtapose things that happened at different imes to make fans look bad.

    And they’re not just systematically disrupting cons and creating a fake show to make cosplay fans look bad; they’re also promising money for contests, then, once prizes are handed out, they refuse to pay the prize money so the CON winds up having to pay for it. Thousands of dollars.

    Links (two separate incidents)

    http://ktempest.tumblr.com/post/61695523144/backstage-at-anime-matsuri

    http://yvesadele.tumblr.com/post/61590938361/important-info-about-heroes-of-cosplay

    This isn’t just a stupid fake reality TV show that’s not telling the truth. This is reality TV subverting fan space, abusing fans, mocking fans, exploiting them without permission, in order to put up a fake portrayal of fan culture to mainstream America.

    There is no way this is good for the cosplay community, or fandom in general.

    I would really like to see this news story along side the other puff pieces. Most mainstream news sources are now covering cons and cosplayers because they generate interesting pictures. Well they bally well should cover THIS. But I don’t know how to get this news story in front of the reporters at TIME, Guardian, eta alia because all their Contact links are about subscription info not reporting a news tip.

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