“You can write it off as “political correctness” if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They’re so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don’t see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what’s everyone’s fuss all about?”—David Gaider of BioWare, giving a clinic on privilege while responding to a forum complaint that the same-sex romance options in Dragon Age 2 do not sufficiently cater to the company’s “straight male gamer” demographic.
“Only Rebecca Black is not cruising. She is manifestly standing still, with not even a wind machine to help sell the con. This, the viewer cringingly notes, is not freedom but freedom’s cheap simulation, not the speeding liberty of earlier generations but a gross, benumbed mockery of it—the individual has collapsed, and language with him”—
“I’m leaving for Japan in the morning to cover the earthquake.
If anyone knows folks there who speak English (even a little) and
would be willing to talk to me, I’m looking for contacts.”—There is a woman on a certain local email list I’m on who works for USA Today. Apparently this is their approach to covering the earthquake.
“I’d recently seen Reddit’s fundamentalist skepticism first-hand while reporting on the story of Maya Gilsey, the college student who tried to raise money on Reddit for cancer and was hounded by angry users who thought she was a scammer. No matter what proof she offered—a local news story about her efforts, pictures, links—-Redditors refused to believe her. And here was Lucidending, with his crazy tale and absolutely no proof, elevated to Reddit God. There are plenty of reasons for this differential, but chief among them is Reddit’s female problem. The board, with its ridiculous “Men’s Rights” forum, often displays what one twitter user calls “loony anti-woman rage.” Lucidending was a dude.”—
So this morning, I was listening to a Simmons/Klosterman podcast on the #44, and as the bus was going over the hill, Klosterman mentioned “our friend Molly Lambert” and then cited something she had tweeted.
And I had a thought: “holy shit, what if Simmons is hiring Molly Lambert?” Because then in addition to Klosterman, he would have hired two of my favorite young people who write about culture (Katie Baker being the other).
And since this has apparently actually happened, I guess all I can say, other than congratulations, is that if Simmons were to also hire Natasha Vargas-Cooper I would pretty much not have to read anything else on the internet.