yes there is something that exists called the Tumblr Post-Teen
they’re those shitty idiots that still post Tumblr Teen style life posts about how the world is a vampire or nobody understands the true value of free market socialism as evinced by my lemonade and vintage vinyl stand on 4th and Broad but they’re actually adults.
finally did my necessary duty and unfollowed longtime follow The New Inquiry. originally I gave them a follow because they write hyper-relevant criticism of culture and at one point made you really consider social trends and cultural aspects normally taken for granted in new, interesting ways. but now with their new blogroll of personally branded unemployed pseudo-intellectual tumblr post-teens they’ve reached new heights of despicable pretentiousness.
today was the last straw after some vague symbolic diagram about intent and causality was posted with an unattributed quote beneath it, underlined only by a comment from one of their writers. it looks like it’s supposed to link to a TNI long-form post that I might have actually been interested in reading, but instead it was just one of their writers quoting themselves for the fun of it, i guess. i still don’t get the context, and i imagine it’s either something made up on the spot that no one ~truly understands~ or it’s taken out of a previous longer article i hadn’t read. if the latter is the case, you should have damn linked to it so i could read it.
but that’s water under the bridge now because i’m fuckin done with them! well there’s my mundane tumblr life for today. perhaps there’s some prophetic life lesson to be learned from criticism of a criticism blog.
As a man, I have no problem with women generalizing men as rapists, misogynists, yada yada. Because I’ve seen men do some vile shit and had to stop even viler shit from happening. This is from the 3rd grade to now. Waayyy out of line touching, sick name-calling, physical abuse, all dat shit. I see looks in men’s eyes that make me uncomfortable, so imagine how a woman who couldn’t properly defend herself from a man is feeling. Again, this is shit I’ve seen at the age of nine and I still see it. Very disturbing. And I’m not talking about strangers. I know niggas in my family, young and old, that exhibit some scary behavior towards females. I do not fuck with it.
I got three little sisters and hella younger female cousins. Anything like that happening to them takes my mind to very dark places. So I have no problem with a woman generalizing all men as rapists. You know what I call that? Self-preservation. If that is what you gotta do to ensure your safety, then do that shit to the fullest. Sadly in the wrong place and at the wrong time, that won’t be enough to protect you.
I’ll never say “But I’m not like that” or “All men ain’t like that” to a woman who is talking about her actual life experiences. What type of shit is that? I don’t have to make myself feel better about what type of man I am, because I already know. I also have seen the worst in men. I don’t like it.
Generalize the fuck outta me. Protect yourself. Because Ima tell my sisters the same thing.
Even well after I was fortunate enough to have had some success as a writer, I’d have meetings with people who obviously had a good deal of money and lush, well-appointed offices, etc., who REALLY wanted to work with me but REALLY didn’t want to pay me. Usual vague excuse: “We don’t have a lot of money right now.”
Finally I started responding, basically: ”That’s a shame for you. ’Bye!”
But if I were writing this scene in a movie about a writer (one which I would never see, because really?… a movie about a person WRITING?), I’d have it go this way:
MR. EXPENSIVE ITALIAN SUIT PRODUCER: ”We don’t have a lot of money right now.”
UNUSUALLY INTERESTING WRITER: “Hey! That piece of art on your wall, did that cost a lot?”
MR. EXPENSIVE ITALIAN SUIT PRODUCER: “It sure did! Forked over $230,000 at Sotheby’s.”
UNUSUALLY INTERESTING WRITER: ”Wow! So! SELL that, then PAY IT TO ME. Problem solved.”
MR. EXPENSIVE ITALIAN SUIT PRODUCER: [spit-takes his Coconut Water, head shakes and vibrates, then — SPLOOOSH! — his skull explodes open Scanners-style, really messing up the nice suit]
A couple months back I was asked to write an editorial about the killing of Trayvon Martin. I declined because I was in the middle of touring and felt I couldn’t put enough time into saying something interesting or relevant to add to the discussion that hadn’t already been said several times in the maelstrom of media coverage around the event. The way I read it, yes, Trayvon was needlessly killed by a disturbed man whose motivations seemed racist and yes it’s crazy to me that the cops didn’t arrest him that night, but my opinion seemed like just another drop in the bucket.
It was, oddly enough, only after my bandmate Ashok went on a “Twitter tirade” about Ashton Kutcher in brownface that I started thinking about the issue again. When Ashok went off, I was surprised at how many people rose to the defense of a chip company with so much rage and venom and racism. It illustrated that what seemed obvious to me was not so obvious to others and that small things often produce much larger reverberations and made me consider the ripples of that drop in that bucket.
If we’re to believe that things like music and art and other media have any value to the lives of human beings, then these apparently superficial semiotic arguments actually do have some value in terms of guiding us on how to read our cultural artifacts in ways that help us be more decent creatures.
Obviously, the Ashton Kutcher/Pop Chips scandal is minor when compared to the killing of Trayvon Martin. The difference between the media around Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman and the media around Ashton Kutcher is that one is a story a black boy being murdered and one is about a white man in brownface and it’s essential to remember that. But both can be seen as acts that reverberate through culture via various media and serve as modern fables about race, racism, representation, misrepresentation, etc.
In the same way that Trayvon Martin is one glaring example out of countless instances of brutality (Dialo, Bell, et al.) that put a magnifying glass to America’s ambivalence for the lives of black people and schizophrenia about race and that bespeaks an entire system of oppression (the statistically disproportionate incarceration of blacks and latinos in the US or the ghettoization and economic oppression of black, latino and other ethnic and immigrant neighborhoods, etc.), a Pop Chips commercial can put a magnifying glass to corporate cultural ignorance and irresponsibility.
I was in Belgium last year on a European tour when I turned on the TV and saw like thirty dudes in blackface wearing Christmas elf costumes. I found out later they were dressed as Dutch/Belgian folk “hero” Zwarte Piet (literal translation “Black Pete”). Alternate origin stories tell him as either Santa’s African slave or else Santa’s helper who got covered in soot from coming down the chimney (sure, buddy). Whatever the reason, it’s a shock for an American (particularly an uppity educated mulatto type such as myself) to see hella fools in blackface on TV in 2011.
The concept of race in the United States is markedly different from the concept of race in Europe in terms of commonly understood cultural imagery, and in terms of history “proper” (different histories of slavery, civil rights, etc.). The “post-racial America” some say we live in is a myth. If we were truly “post-racial” nobody would have bothered to make up that word. Terms like this only serve as excuses to not have to think about race and all of its heady complications. A similar term invented in a Reagan era think tank was “colorblind constitutionalism” and was no different. Sure, race is a word with a several distinct and often conflicting definitions that can be deconstructed to the point at which it means nothing. But then again, so is, like, every other word, right? Race and racism mean different things to different people, but these differences should be explored, not wiped away.
Europe has its own zany ideas concerning race and even after touring there like four times I won’t even begin to speak on them. I don’t live in Belgium or Holland, so regardless of my opinion, I’m not really too concerned in a Zwarte Piet letter-writing campaign but I do think it’s stupid when Belgian and Dutch people try to defend Zwarte Piet as “not racist” from outraged (or just perplexed) Americans like me.
Blackface is a ghoulish, inaccurate caricature of black morphology that distorts and makes alien the black body and the black image, yes, but more insidious is the long, storied history of its use in the United States (and elsewhere) to disseminate/reinforce racist notions of black puerility, vulgarity, laziness, hyper-sexuality, pettiness, criminality, etc., etc. via an entertainment industry controlled almost entirely by white people. The degree to which this racism is deliberate is arguable but ultimately inconsequential when considering its actuality. When somebody says something racially offensive, it doesn’t matter if they intended to be racist or not. If somebody rear-ends your car, they’re liable for damages whether or not they meant to do it. Even when the aesthetic trope is used in a way that’s ostensibly devoid of or opposed to the racist characteristics to which it’s historically linked, the ugly history of the trope is still there and must be addressed if the work is to be of any significant positive cultural value.
That said, blackface is not murder. It’s important we keep things in perspective. An unarmed 17-year-old black boy was shot in Florida and police took the killer on his word that it was self-defense and didn’t arrest him. This surely is inextricably linked with the history of the black image in American media.
The cultural terrain of American corporate media has its dizzying peaks and foggy valleys but the not-always-so-glaring truths of economic disparity, police brutality, mass incarceration, education inequality, etc. must remain in view and the task of cutting through the fog to see that is at times hard. As human culture continues to globally integrate, certain microcosmic instances become parables that guide our common sense of compassion, love, justice, equality, unity etc. It is important to think critically about these parables.
The rallying cry of privileged whites whenever a person of color voices their concern or discomfort with their community’s portrayal in the media is usually along the lines of “You’re a crybaby.” But aren’t these same people doing just that? Crying over the fact that someone actually forced them to think about race in their otherwise colorblind day? It’s been said a million times before but it bears repeating that it’s significantly easier for white people in America and Europe not to think about race being that all aspects of Western culture take whiteness as the given norm. You’re upset that you’ve been made to feel uncomfortable because your race? Join the club.
I’m a professional entertainer and performer, I work in the global field of producing and disseminating cultural objects for general consumption. I’m not a politician or an activist but I do find it my duty as a cultural worker to express my experiences, feelings, worldview, etc. I started writing this with certain vague feelings I had not yet put into words. I’m not sure if writing this helped make my feelings seem any less vague but I hope it at least gave some shape and texture to those feelings. That’s my “drop in the bucket” for whatever it’s worth.
reblogged without any changes, without any hesitation, and without permission because this deserves to be read by many and often.
Think Of All the Mothers that have "used" these "safe" appliances....!!!!
Oh Yeah Well how else are you gonna feed the need for pizza pockets ya freakin dingus? i’ll take my philly cheese bagel bites over pseudoscientific scare mongering any day of the week, thank you very much.
For a while I couldn’t understand why on earth people WILLINGLY acted like assholes, and defended their stance to the last on the matter. But just looking at the arguments, the very base thing is actually really apparent.
How many times has someone said something hurtful or offensive, you call them out on it and they say something like, “If you don’t like it get off the internet” or “The real world isn’t going to be so nice” or “You just have to tough it out”
How many times have you seen someone complaining about how people these days are “Too soft” “Too PC” “Too easily offended” and hate the fact that they can’t use slurs or get away with violent and terrible actions or trains of thought without someone telling them that they are being pretty shitty.
Because as a society we are obsessed with strength. We want to be the most powerful. If someone is offended, they’re weak. They succumb to emotions and feelings, which are considered weak. The only way to be strong is to be offensive, hurt someone’s feelings, assault someone innocent. And hey it’s even better if our society thinks its justified, right?
A woman doesn’t wanna “stay in the kitchen”? You hit her. Someone tells you they’re trans*? You beat them up. Someone wants to say that rape triggers them? Tell them you’ll rape them again.
Because the alternative?? Being nice??? Not an option, in the eyes of society, you’ll be weak too. You can’t be weak.
And it’s fucking sickening
Instead of being empathetic and caring of your fellow beings, you choose to hurt them, you choose to tell them who they are and what they believe don’t matter if it means your “feelings” get hurt. All because you don’t want to believe that being nice is something worth doing. You don’t want your friends or peers or society to see you being okay with someone being agender, you don’t want those people to see you respecting someone’s pronouns, you don’t want those people to see you understanding why minorities have it so bad in America.
And what is this trying to prove?? What are you trying to prove?? That you’re tough? That you won’t let some “freaks” tell you what to do?
So if you let this trend continue, what happens? Do you think that society will only benefit from this bigotry and oppression? As long as those who are oppressed can suck it up you can have your fun and they can go die in a ditch for all you care, right?
Of course you would never say that, you would never say that you are that much of an asshole. But you’re contributing to it! Whether you realize it or not you’re contributing to that cycle of “we need strict gender roles, I don’t believe in more than two genders, anyone who has sex is a slut, anyone who is triggered is faking it, anyone with a mental illness is crazy and deserves to be in a nut house, and they don’t deserve my sympathy.”
And if you believe that any of that is right, or if you believe that for a second that anything here is something to roll your eyes at, then fuck you.
I’d rather have a world where others respect one another and have safe spaces and are treated reasonably and equally, I don’t believe a world of fear and oppression is the right choice because YOU are the one who comes out on top, and gets to trample others in the process.
there are really smart and cool people all over tumblr and it always makes me glad to find more
I wANT TO GET A WINDOWS COMUPTER SO BAD JUST TO PLAY MMOS :(:(:( whats a cheapass gaming computer that I can play new gaymes on
i built mine right around $700 for parts and a six pack for a buddy in labor. already had the monitor. you can build one pretty easily for around 500 if you know what you want to play and it doesn’t include AAA+ bleeding edge top of the line titles. and to be fair most of those are considered niche anyways thanks to WoW. diablo III is surprisingly lax on the system requirements imo. ffxiv takes a little more, for obvious reasons