Like r/TravyvonMartin before it, r/ferguson is part of a white supremacist network of 42 subreddits wholly dedicated to bashing African Americans, who have been labeled by the moderators as the “Chimpire.”
One of the biggest questions facing new college students everywhere is what sort of device to get before going to school: Mac or PC? Tablet or laptop? Students at Northern Illinois University don’t have to worry so much about that, thanks to the institution’s decision to place a ban on just about every website that a college student would ever care about.
The university’s remarkably thorough and soul-crushingly strict Internet policy puts everything from Wikipedia to Facebook in its crosshairs, banning the “use of social media sites … including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Foursquare, etc.,” as well as anything even remotely political in nature, which means large portions of Wikipedia and other reference sites.
Austin, Texas-based digital production studio Rooster Teeth will soon have at least one of its popular series exported overseas.
The production company just scored a deal with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment Japan to bring their hit anime program RWBY to Japan, where the show, starting with RWBY: Volume 1, will be redubbed in Japanese for release on Blu-Ray and DVD in 2015.
“No one is debating that the ALS ice bucket challenge is silly, shallow, and a total waste of resources (imagine the millions around the world without access to clean water who would be furious to see it poured over Instagrammers’ heads), but appealing to what is silly and shallow has proved a whole lot more effective than a fundraising campaign in earnest.”—Our Opinion Editor Nico Lang—"In defense of the silly, shallow, ALS ice bucket challenge"
Over the last few years, geek fashion has become much more than just pop culture-themed T-shirts. As more varied and stylish options have appeared, there’s been a movement for more couture items to be created as well. Anyone that doubts there’s demand for—and talented creators of—geek couture was proven wrong by the success of the first San Diego Comic-ConHer Universe geek couture fashion show in July.
Using the Twitter hashtag #whereisGamora, they asked why they couldn’t find toys or clothes celebrating the female hero—or, in fact, including her at all—despite the fact she plays a central role in the film. Now, they’re taking the same grievance to a children’s clothing retailer.
“There’s something more than a bit troubling about Twohy’s message here, particularly her assertion that porn is “raw meat,” or that she “know[s] a slaughterhouse when [she] see[s] one.” The claim that porn is inherently degrading to women, or neglectful of their needs and desires, is far from original; nor is it valid, as indicated by countless narratives from sex workers who find their work fulfilling and empowering.
The point of “Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them” is to celebrate all forms of female sexual desire, regardless of whether people find them socially acceptable or “realistic.” But the fact is that many women (and I count myself among them) find the hardcore porn that Twohy finds so distasteful pretty damn hot. A recent study even determined that the majority of women who watch porn prefer more sexually aggressive material to the text-based erotica or female-friendly material that Twohy advocates for in her poem.”—EJ, with lots to say about Tumblr’s current favorite slam poem: “Everyone’s favorite internet poem about erotica actually marginalizes women”
There’s nothing like sitting down to a plate full of crickets and mealworms, spiced up with a few scorpions. By this point, science should have convinced you that eating more insects is a healthy option for you and for the planet, so let’s get down to it. This past month, I embarked on a quest to sample insects available to order from the wilds of the Internet.
The Emmys take place Aug. 25, and what better way to review all the nominated shows than to see them reenacted by children?
Game of Thrones, True Detective, House of Cards, Mad Men, Downton Abbey, and Breaking Bad all get the kid-gloves treatment. Seeing children point out the sexism in Mad Men is pretty depressing, as is hearing a little boy say, “Jesse, want to cook some crystal meth?,” though that segment sums up the Walter-Jesse Breaking Bad dynamic pretty well. The li’l Matthew McConaughey monologue from True Detective might be the best.
…and the bidding is currently up to $1.75 million.
There are about 100 Action Comics No.1’s still in existence. So what makes this one so special? It’s the grading given by the Comics Guaranty Company, a third-party comics grading service. This particular book sits with a 9.0 out of 10 rating. There is only one other 9.0 rated Action Comics No. 1 out there in the wild. But according to the eBay page, at least, this one’s the best.
The comic has “perfect white pages”—hard to fathom considering it was published in 1938.
More than 1,000 people got a ticket to become the first to see Doctor Who in the U.S.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman answered reporters’ questions on the TARDIS-blue carpet and were all smiles during the Q&A with Chris Hardwick. At one point, Capaldi corrected a fan who gave the wrong name of his other Doctor Who character in a season 4 episode, and even if you haven’t been following the tour or any of his previous interviews, you could tell that Capaldi is a lifelong fan of the show.
He watched when Doctor Who first premiered in 1963, and he made his daughter watch the reboot when it came back—still had incredible love and respect for it even now as he helms the sonic screwdriver and the TARDIS.
“The show started when I was 5, so I literally grew up with it,” he said. “I loved them all.”
The English Premier League’s Director of Communications Dan Johnson has told the BBC that they intend to crack down on unauthorized sharing on goal footage from soccer games. “You can understand that fans see something, they can capture it, they can share it,” Johnson said. “But ultimately it is against the law.”
“I know it sounds as if we’re killjoys but we have to protect our intellectual property.”
The real question is: will they come for our gifs next?
“In an industry where female protagonists were rare, women gamers who rarely saw their gender portrayed as anything other than a hostage or background decoration had a real character they could relate to, even if the rebooted Lara Croft wasn’t perfect.
The new Tomb Raider sold a million copies in less than two days after it was released on March 5, 2013. It sold 3.4 million copies in total that month, coming in second only to BioShock Infinite, which was a monster of a release. According to a story published on Gamesindustry.biz on May 28, 2013, however, publisher Square Enix was not happy with the number of net sales of TR to customers.
If Rise of the Tomb Raider fails to perform to Square Enix’s sales expectations, will this be taken as an argument to bolster the “conventional wisdom” that games with female protagonists don’t sell? It is not hyperbole to suggest that the situation with female protagonists in video games is tenuous enough that this result could hold back efforts to increase representation of women in video games for years to come.”—Dennis tackles the problem of Tomb Raider’s Xbox-only release for women