Putting on my internet studies hat, I’m finding the conversations that have been popping up around this fascinating. This is another sort of specific-to-general piece that takes a look at what our clicks mean, and don’t. 

"while we write objecting to the violation of Hollywood stars’ image rights and the abuse of their privacy, the internet carries on regardless making life more miserable for women and more degrading for men.

There’s something Canutish about Badham’s injunction not to click. It does little to address the herd of elephants in the room – the objectification of women’s bodies, the spread of misogyny that the internet has facilitated, the poison of online porn beyond Hugh Hefner’s wettest dreams, the real-world consequences for human relationships of the endless parade of naked bodies beyond Roger Ebert’s anti-puritanical hopes across computer screens.”


Everyone! Listen to This Speech by Gene Luen Yang on Diversity and Comics Right Now

On Saturday, writer Gene Luen Yang gave a speech at the National Book Festival where he discussed the issue of diversity in publishing and specifically in comics and it is amazing.

The award-winning Boxers and Saints author began his speech by discussing the importance of Dwayne McDuffie to his own entrance in to comics and to comics overall. McDuffie, of course, fought for diversity in comics ultimately creating his own comic company so he could see people like himself in comics.

Yang talks about the importance of that company, Milestone, because the character Xombi was also an Asian American male.

But he also addresses the issue of diversity in terms of the writer’s responsibility and overcoming the fear of “not getting it right” and suffering the wrath of the Internet.

I strongly recommend that every writer or potential writer in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend that every editor and publisher in comics listen to this speech. I strongly recommend every comic reader listen to this speech. And I strongly hope that every person who diminishes diversity in comics with snide remarks listens to this speech.

You can also read the transcript here.


The internet’s most beloved geek, Wil Wheaton, calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible. 

Not a big fan of the post-Star Trek Wil Wheaton, but I am a fan of this. 


This… 1000 times this.

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IFLS and Elise Andrew are cool. This article, not so much:

The way CJR covers the internet is almost always awful; the idea that no one has been a journalism brand since Facebook is incredibly odd (seriously, TV news anchors? Watergate?); and I’m pretty sure that profile articles shouldn’t have nearly 1/3rd of the grafs be about the author. 

Also, having the cover article of your magazine be a profile-by-assumption, as the author has apparently never actually spoken with the subject is weird-at-best. 

Also, io9 isn’t *really* a science blog. CBS should be capitalized. That the sexism issue was basically just lampshade-ed is a huge missed opportunity. Why are their no links to the other works covering Andrews? 

Also, giving an even handed treatment to some of her more illegitimate critics is a shame and claiming that one needs to be professionally connected in journalism to escape criticism is both false and entirely missing the point. Having a Reddit dedicated to criticizing you is hardly that difficult, rare, or particularly useful in grading her accuracy. 

Finally, having an article about a person whose claimed mission is to promote science without actually talking to any scientists to get an idea of what they think of it is a stunningly large missed opportunity. How about asking Bill Nye or deGrasse Tyson what they think of Andrew’s methodology vs traditional science journalism. Isn’t that the whole point of even discussing this in a venue like CJR? Isn’t the whole point of journalism to do a good job of informing and educating the populace? Wouldn’t some assessment of that be useful? 

*sigh* oh CJR.

I’m not saying this is the right way to be, but I get it. I get that panic of finding the one place where you felt at home suddenly being overrun with exactly the kind of people who made you feel like you weren’t at home in the regular world. […] This is how women get abused in geek circles. This is how the powerless prey on the other powerless.
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