With nerves and emotions raw, many hopped into the conversation to defend @TheWayOfTheId, reference similar charges made against Gawker in the past and speak out against what many see as the systematic online leaching of creative content and intellectual property. When someone pointed out how unprofessional Gawker was being, the response was: “Do you know what it means to be accused of plagiarism?” (As if feeling that you have been plagiarized by a huge media outlet isn’t also a big cause of concern for a writer.)
This was a pretty big PR fail for Gawker, regardless of the validity of the charges of plagiarism against it. Gawker’s rude, bullying handling of the situation closed many (already irritated) eyes and ears to what could have been a valid argument on its behalf. Maybe the content was lifted — but maybe it wasn’t. As witty and clever as @TheWayOfTheId”s material is, it isn’t something that someone else couldn’t have come up with, and in fact, many others have (I’ve made similar tweets myself without having seen those of @TheWayOfTheId). As the great prophet Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones once said, no idea is original; there’s no way to prove conclusively who is right either way.
But because of Gawker’s treatment of a writer with a legitimate concern that her work was being reprinted without credit (which, in an era when everything is easily accessible and shareable, is not an unreasonable worry), and of a community that is a little too used to feeling appropriated both online and off, there was little sympathy to be mustered, even among those who didn’t think it was a case of plagiarism.
Tracy Clayton — Gawker Versus Black Twitter
The article’s an interesting read on the antagonistic relationship between a lot of white media outlets (buzzfeed, Gawker, etc) and Black Twitter. Personally, I’ve never liked Gawker and I think they’re a bunch of assholes for lifting material and not paying interns. Really, this is a PR fail for them in how they handled the situation, but I’m not surprised by the asshole road they’ve taken.
Our confusion about whether the Tsarnaevs are “white,” and the right wing’s determination to say they aren’t, just underscores the eternally silly project of racial categorization anyway. Race is a social construct, mainly used to establish invidious hierarchies and scapegoats. Despite the persistence of racism and white advantage, these lines are beginning to blur in our increasingly mixed, multiracial society – but right-wingers are going to police these lines as long as they can.
The main point of Sirota’s piece – which I wouldn’t have written in quite the same way – was that since white Americans tend to escape scapegoating and profiling when members of their tribe do something bad, a white Boston bomber wouldn’t trigger a destructive new wave of racial profiling, anti-Muslim agitation or generalized xenophobia. Somehow it’s hard for the right, and even for many in the media, to see white abortion-clinic bombers, or even Timothy McVeigh, as every bit as guilty of terrorism as the Tsarnaevs, if not more so.
Joan Walsh, Are the Tsarnaevs Brothers White?
I was watching a discussion among Tumblr users highlighting this over last week and then then this article came up. Here’s the thing — it doesn’t matter what the rest of the world thinks they are in this case — we’re talking about how American media has framed the issue and what Americans are calling them and how that plays into American society.
So for people who say the the Tsarnaevs aren’t white, I feel like saying, “Yes, but…” in response to them. Just like when people say they are white, I find myself going “Yes, but…” It all depends on the context of the discussion at hand and in this case, it’s American media and what Americans are calling them.
Both those personas are the “real Beyoncé,” the same way that you’re still you when you’re sending an e-mail to your boss that’s full of jargon and with proper capitalization and when you’re texting to your best friend in lowercase acronyms. Talk in one setting in a tone that’s best suited for another, and you might play yourself; it would be ridiculous if she were pop-star Beyoncé in the pool hall. (But it would be kind of dope to see Bey strut into a pool hall in six-inch heels, a sequined minidress, and a wind machine like, “I am Beyoncé and I am here to pool.”)
The point is, code-switching is apparent in all the myriad ways we interact with one another and try to feel each other out.
NPR’s new blog, Code Switch’s first post.
The discussion on Beyonce (and some great skits by Key and Peele) to me illustrate how code switching can fuck with people’s heads and their assumptions that they know everything about everyone.
To me the whole “Bow down Bitches,” was Beyonce just showing another facet of herself to her audience. Really, the facet I suspected always existed, but she didn’t choose to show for whatever reason she wanted.
And we all do code switching. I’ve joked about having to rein myself in and try and not swear so much around people, or just feeling some folks out before I start showing more of myself to them. There are people I don’t feel safe talking to about race or sexualities with. Hell, I finally told one friend about the fanfic I wrote (“SERIOUSLY. I WROTE SOMETHING BETTER THAN 50 SHADES OF GREY.”) and I think that’s a matter of messing with the code.
The arrogant thing is that the critics of Beyonce assume they know everything about her and her experiences and when she decides to unveil something new, they freak the fuck out. No one knows everything about a single person. To assume you know something about a person (be it racial, sexual orientation, or whatever) because they choose to be polite and friendly to you is erroneous.
Just like the assumption that nothing a person does in their interactions. It’s facets of truth that spill out.
Long story short — I feel like this blog is going to be interesting. Not necessarily along the lines of condemning praising people, but more for the observations on how a lot of people navigate relationships along the cultural, racial and ethnic lines.
The article’s from 2008, but it still rings true today.
Leonard Pierce “See We Gotta Be Exploited by Somebody”
He nails it on the head why the whole unpaid “LET’S PUT ON A SHOW!” mentality makes me uncomfortable at times.
In a perfect world, volunteering for stuff like this would be fabulous. But I’ve seen that good will and generosity taken advantage of so many times and seen people driven out of jobs that they love because they couldn’t pay the bills. It also creates less diversity, because the people who can afford to do this for free are of a similar socioeconomic status, which creates a homogeneous appearance.
Meeting Amanda Palmer and the glory of the byline in a nationally recognized website might be a great thrill, but great thrills don’t pay the rent.
Oh fuck you Wachowskis. How the hell do you create such a compelling, yet hopeful movie and muck it all up with Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving in yellowface (although to be fair, Hugo Weaving in yellowface is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a very long time)?
And the whole line of “I was in a nightmare…where all the waitresses looked alike” and you cut to all those Korean actresses? I am really creeped out by that, and Racebending nails it on the head:
It’s frustrating, because the trailer suggests a story that comfortably meshes with preconceptions and stereotypes of Asians: of a futuristic world of high technology and little soul, where the “all-look-same” vision of Asianness is directly translated into racks of identical, interchangeable Asian “fabricant” clones. It suggests a world where white actors (in yellowface) and Asian actresses enter into romantic trysts–while excluding the voices and faces of Asian American actors.
AND YET — IT LOOKS SO DAMN COMPELLING with the idea of reincarnation and crossed lives and loves and AUGH. But it’s the Wachowskis. They have style over substance for me as of now (seriously — there is only one Matrix movie. I don’t care what other people say).
I don’t know. I might see it, just to see what their take is on it before I truly make up my mind, but honestly? I’ll probably buy a ticket for the Man with Iron Fists and then go see this movie (after I see the Man with Iron Fists). Because while that movie might be a bunch of Asian kung-fu stereotypes melded with hip-hop sensibilities, at least no one’s doing yellowface in that.
Yeah, I know it’s Nike. I know they’re trying to sell me sneakers. And I know that having Tom Hardy narrate this also makes me a little more inclined to see their side, but you know what?
I don’t care. This is one of those ads that I actually like, unlike this person:
@postsecret That Nike ad is repulsive..A 12 year old shoukd not be obese & we should not be exploiting it.
(I’m not linking her Twitter handle, because really, I don’t like the idea of having people dog her out for stating her opinion, which I happen to disagree with.)
I love what I do, but after so many years spent writing/editing/managing blogs, certain parts of me have become jaded. It happens to all of us, men or women, who write online; our skins thicken. It’s a survival mechanism. But I’ve become particularly jaded in regards to this specific sort of story — anonymous haters attacking a woman because she dares to do something online — because I’ve seen it so many times. I’ve even been on the receiving end of it.
This is about the whole Feminist Frequency harassment thing. And I find myself nodding my head and identifying with Jessica Coen. I’ve seen it. I’ve been there online — why I don’t talk much when playing MMOs and I’m happy letting other people talk and typing out my answers. I also don’t play with strangers, preferring people that I know in real life (part of that is also a lot of the pick-up groups I’ve encountered have been wretched and at least with your friends, you know what you’re getting).
And the line of how we all toughen up and start letting all of this brush off our back really hit home. Don’t forget how to feel. Don’t forget how to get angry and start yelling at people to stop being a bunch of assholes.
If you’re all numb, you never will notice it when they slit your throat. I’m just sayin’.
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Oh, no, I understand it was the press. What I don’t get is that they aren’t being punished for their behavior. The media already holds so much power, so the fact that they can get away with a stunt like this during an election is appalling.
They can’t yet. I wonder if election inspectors were too busy getting extra ballots (there were reports that the ballots had run out) and wrangling other things to chase off the reporters.
We’ll see if there’s charges. It might take time to gather evidence and then it’s up to the DAs in charge of the county as to whether or not they file those charges.
I want charges. I want a perp walk. I want to punch all these vultures who come to my state for shit like this without understanding the nuances and just making broad, stupid mistakes.
I want my dull state back. The state that never showed up in the news unless it was for the Packers or a serial killer.
That’s so fucked. How can that be allowed to happen? Our government makes absolutely no sense 99% of the time.
It’s not the government it’s the press. Their greedy desire to be the first with the scoop results in people making calls earlier and earlier. Yeah, there’s supposedly science involved, but it’s not always reliable. You’re predicting the future.
You can’t make the call like this before the last of the votes have been in cast (in this case 9:30 p.m.). It unfairly influences the election by having people go “WHY SHOULD I GO OUT AND VOTE? CNN/MSNBC/FOX/MY ASS SAYS X WON.”
What I want is for those fucking reporters to get arrested and charged with the felony. I want them to do the perp walk. The wielded their power irresponsibly and greedily and have fucked around with the democratic system.
That makes me angrier than anything else. They fucked with the system. Instead of reporting the story, they influenced the story.