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October 22nd, 2008

Acafen vs Squeefen, round 235

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The last few rounds of [info]metafandom have focused on the aca-fen vs anti-aca perspectives on enjoying fic. And it's moving along in predictable patterns. (Not because they're inane or boring patterns--I find them fascinating every time--but because they've been done before, and there's only so many directions this can go.)

Phase 1: "I not acafan; I no like acafandom. Acafandom=mean."
Response: "Wy u no like acafandom? U dumm. Acafandom=fun."
Phase 2: "Stoopid ppl no like acafandom. They dumm."
Response: "Thx for dis post; ur rite, they dumm."

(Hopefully, by writing that in Kitteh, it's obvious that I'm exaggerating to make a point, and nobody actually called anyone else "stoopid" or "dumm.")

Notice what's missing? )

August 14th, 2008

Thursday prompts for Meta Friday

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We will all kindly ignore how many of these I've skipped. The lack of Thursday prompts has been an illusion; you just didn't see any you liked. Those were not the prompts you were looking for; scroll along.

Today's topic is Corporate Greed. (Wanna guess what inspired that?)

The best things in life are free; but you can give them to the birds and bees--I want money )

June 24th, 2008

Ratings: Worksafe, Standard, Mature, Explicit

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I've ranted about the evils of movie ratings for fic in the past. Aside from the psychosis that invades the MPAA so that eviscerations onscreen are PG, female nipples are R, and a penis is an automatic NC-17 (because of course nobody under 18 has seen one before, right?), I don't like rating the reader rather than the content. I want fics (and arts and vids) rated by what's inside them, not by who's expected to find that most appealing.

The most common non-MPAA ratings suggested are age-based, which has several problems. More rambling about ratings, plus chart. )


June 19th, 2008

Books I Like

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It occurs to me that I almost never post recs, either for fic or canon.

I'm polyfannish; I like lots of stuff. I am disgustingly ecumenical in my tastes... while there's a limited selection of "stuff I seek out" and, these days, "stuff I will spend time reading," the category of "stuff I like" is huge and varied. But "oh, you know me; I like it all" is not really fair. Taking it as a given that I've read lots of scifi (for some values of "lots;" my reading in the last 15 years has been erratic), here's some of the books/stories that stand out in my mind:

Rambling about writing I enjoy )

Enough rambling, I think. What do you like to read? Not, "what books have been the most meaningful to your life"--we have metafandom stuff all over about that--but "what do you enjoy?" What books are your chocolate-chip cookies, your peanut-butter-and-jelly (an americanism, I'm told), your lemonade in the summer: sure, there's taste and maybe nutritional value there, but these are the ones you consume when you're not up for something elaborate. What do you find comfortable, rather than "best" or "most important?"

Which doesn't mean some books aren't both. But not everything is.

June 14th, 2008

Class issues in U.S. television

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The issue of class--lower, middle, working, whatever--went around in several blogs a few weeks back, and I wound up thinking about how "lower class" or "working class" characters are depicted in some shows. (Married With Children, Roseanne, What's Happening.) It was pointed out to me that you can't really expect realism from a sitcom; they're not supposed to be accurate and meaningful--they're supposed to be funny.

Okay, that's a good point. So how about the shows about lower-class main characters that aren't sitcoms?



Yeah, how 'bout those shows?

Quest for the Non-Sitcom Lower Class TV Shows )
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