“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.
"Your passports please," said the young man in civilian clothing toting an AK-47 at the Libyan border.
"For what?" responded our driver, Saleh, a burly, bearded man who had picked us up just moments before. "There is no government. What is the point?" He pulled away with a dismissive laugh.
On the Libyan side, there were no officials, no passport control, no customs.
I’ve seen this before. In Afghanistan after the route of the Taliban, in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Government authority suddenly evaporates. It’s exhilarating on one level; its whiff of chaos disconcerting on another.
“These practical accommodations aside, all the fixings were there for a debauched Friday night. But what did we do? We had a tasty, reasonably priced meal at Flour and Water in San Francisco’s hip Mission District. We didn’t even blow money on a cab. Instead we took the practical, easily navigable subway known as BART and then walked the last part by foot.”—
“The problem is pretty basic. Many types of content businesses dont have 30% of margin to play with. In books, Amazon doesn’t have 30% margins to give to Apple and remain in business. In music, services like Pandora probably don’t even have 5% of margin to play with. […] But Apple is not stupid, so they have certainly run the numbers. And so it seems that they have decided that they now have a platform that is so popular, that the services that can’t afford to pay them 30% are not needed anymore. In fact, perhaps it might be more accurate to say, these services aren’t *wanted* any more. Clearly Apple has iBooks, which they want to be the bookseller on the iPhone. And obviously, with the Lala purchase last year, and their primary position in the music ecosystem, Apple feels comfortable being the only music service on the platform.”—Why does everything suck?: RIP Pandora, Kindle on the iPhone (and many other content services)
Via missionmission, SF local (and manymachines Tumblr follower — that’s right, this space is for sale!) Sean Keane (who also writes sportscentr) is in the running for Country Music Television’s “Next Big Comic” web contest. He’s pretty funny!