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This is wonderful.
Roland Barthes, Criticism and Truth (via roboclaws)
My own recent encounter with bourgeois ideology in critical theory:
"There is an ideological crisis within the capitalist press whenever, on important occasions, print craftsmen assert their presence as more than instrumentality, refusing to print what others have written, or, more rarely, offering themselves to write as well as print. This is denounced, within bourgeois ideology, as a threat to the ‘freedom of the press’, but the terms allow us to see how this bourgeois definition of freedom is founded, deeply, in a supposedly permanent division not only of labor but of human status (those who have something to say and those who do not).
Raymond Williams, Culture and Materialism
In celebration of one of my Gamer Dweebs posts getting almost 5000 notes (!!!!) here is a collection of Gamer Dweebs.
let us all unite, side-eye by side-eye. x
THAT LAST ONE THO
I want that last one tattooed on my skin.
You could replace “games” in that one with literally anything geeks like and it would be just as accurate of a representation of the art/business argument.
Earlier this week, Flying Lotus released their video for “Never Catch Me ft. Kendrick Lamar”. Following my favorite recent trend of giving enormously talented young dancers a stage and a story to tell, this video shows the funeral of two young people, who suddenly pop out of their caskets to dance…
My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.
And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie."
Anonymous said: why do black people use you in the wrong context? such is "you ugly" instead of "you're ugly" I know u guys can differentiate, it's a nuisance
you a bitch
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
What’s more, it’s been shown that copula deletion occurs in AAVE exactly in those contexts where copula contraction occurs in so-called “Standard American English.” That is, the basic sentence “You are great” can become “You’re great” in SAE and “You great” in AAVE, but “I know who you are” cannot become “I know who you’re” in SAE, and according to reports, neither can you get “I know who you” in AAVE.
In other words, AAVE is a set of grammatical rules just as complex and systematic as SAE, and the widespread belief that it is not is nothing more than yet another manifestation of deeply internalized racism.
Not to mention that OP’s original racist rant on the supposed misuse of the word “you” contains: “u guys.” I mean, the scant three lines are littered with technical errors, but misusing the very word nominated for criticism seems particularly…ironic? Just?
My [scattered] thoughts on Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. This was originally just a defence of the film’s ending—which I’ve seen widely criticised—because I think it’s brilliant and necessary and worth defending. But… then there’s everything else.
[major spoilers, of course]
I can’t remember if i already reblogged this or not. I just had to look it up to send to someone who just saw the movie and even perusing the paragraphs made me fall in love all over again. I hope to one day respond so beautifully and completely to a movie this good.
New York Public Library is experimenting with PETSCII to generate covers for books that don’t have one. Each letter in the title of the book is replaced by a corresponding PETSCII-character in one of its two character sets. So A become ▲ and F becomes ▂ and so on.