“The Internet generation didn’t become the “brunch generation” by accident. They were taught about the hipness of brunch from those who came before them, like Shaftel. And sure, maybe he’s right in that they’ve taken it a little too far. But still, whether you hate brunch, or love it, it’s not worth condemning everyone under 30 over. Every generation looks like misbehaving whippersnappers to the generation above it. Maybe by the time they’re Shaftel’s age, millennials will hate brunch, too.”—Chris Osterndorf, "In defense of brunch"
Holy casting, Batman! Is Jena Malone the new Robin?
OK Batman fans, prepare yourselves: Jena Malone may be playing Robin in the upcomingBatman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Jena Malone, known best for her role as Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games, could be the first female Robin to hit the silver screen. Malone has been seen on the WB set sporting a new red hairdo, which may allude to a Carrie Kelley cameo.
She also posted an image of her fiery locks on her Instagram page.
“Sure, Carrie’s need to see herself and her relationships with the men in her life as the still point of the turning world isn’t particularly charming. But being a neurotic, silly, kinda selfish person while still believing in the redemptive powers of work and sex and love and, above all else, your female friendships—because ultimately, that’s what so many women love about the show—doesn’t make you a bad feminist, or a bad example to womankind. It makes you a work in progress, just like the rest of us.”—EJ Dickson, 'The real reason everyone hates Carrie Bradshaw'
New goddess of thunder’s identity remains a mystery in 'Thor No. 1'
Warning: This story contains spoilers for Thor No.1.
Marvel went big when they announced this summer that a woman would be becoming Thor for a new comic book series. It shared the news on The View and revealed an impressive cover for Thor No.1. Now the new woman wielding the hammer has arrived on our shelves, or at least an introduction to her taking the Thor title has.
Written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman, Thor No.1 opens with some underwater action in the Norwegian Sea where people are investigating an anomaly. Of course as the suspense builds, it’s clear the anomaly—as anomalies tend to be—isn’t anything good. Even with their attack sharks, people can’t stop the familiar frost giants that appear.
“The allegories of the X-Men franchise aren’t as essential when gay people no longer need stand-ins to be part of a story; in 2014, they can stand in for themselves. Which means the fetishization of the idea of queer superheroes, à la Watchmen, isn’t really necessary either. In the world of Watchmen, being gay still made you an other. But today, a gay superhero should be able to seem as commonplace as a straight superhero. Ultimately, the issue comes down to recognizing a character’s queerness, while not letting it define them.”—Chris Osterndorf, ‘A gay superhero is the comic book movie we need’
Well, this is creepy and horrifying: A group of exotic dancers in Washington state are suing county officials, in an effort to prevent them from releasing their names and addresses to a man who filed a public records request for their personal information. The creepiest part about the whole thing? No one actually has any idea why this dude filed the public records request, or what he plans to do with this information.
“When someone like Anita Sarkeesian is hit with DEATH threats (as well as anyone who was going to attend her session), there is something really wrong. And yes, anonymous threats have become real—my organization works with online victims every day and it’s scary how the anonymous cyberstalkers are the most vicious, then get to a point where they don’t care if the victim knows who they really are, then confront them in person or send them threats of physical harm. It has nothing to do with thin skin.”—President of Working to Halt Online Abuse, Jayne Hitchcock, “Why the trolls are winning #Gamergate," by Aaron Sankin
Why Won't Our Editors Let Us Write about Gilmore Girls: Part Three of a Series
Aaron:only in the world of Gilmore Girls are even the "don't care" bad boy-types also bookish nerds
Monica:You know how a lot of people blame Disney for giving girls' unrealistic expectations about love? This is why it's GG, not Disney, for me.
Aja:I think you're giving Jess WAY too much credit. Dean's speech to Rory about how he was totes interested in her because she was the most intense reader he'd ever seen = way more unrealistic than Jess's anything. "You're hot, too, but i just really like the way you stare at words"
Why Won't Our Editors Let Us Write about Gilmore Girls: Part One of a Series
Our Reporter, Aaron:How ethical would you say it is to write an article starting a fake rumor saying that all of the buzz around Gilmore Girls coming to Netflix is creating a grassroots campaign to bring back Bunheads? Asking for a friend.
Our Entertainment Editor, Monica:Tell your friend Amy Sherman-Palladino that I'm sorry, it's just probably not gonna happen.
“If we’re going to base an entire female stereotype on a set of arbitrary tastes and preferences, we should probably make sure they’re not quite so arbitrary, as to apply to anyone who likes drinking booze at noon and dancing till four in the morning and wearing inexpensive pretty clothes and texting silly things to their friends and trying to live a life that is not totally devoid of light and silliness and joy and fun. That, in essence, is what being a Basic Bitch means to me: Not caring what media taste-makers have to say about your choice in footwear, not giving a shit if someone makes fun of you for citing Emma Watson as a figurehead for feminist theory, not living in fear that your love of Taylor Swift will lose you Twitter followers, and just generally living like there is nothing to fear in the world at all (except, maybe, for carbs).”—EJ Dickson, 'I'm a Basic B*tch—and that's OK'
But my unrealized dreams were about to come true now that Dothraki, probably the most recognizable language to come out of ASOIAF, is an actual language that you can learn.
Trying to learn a new language is a feat in itself, no matter which one it is or why you’re doing it, and it’ll likely take years to master. Even after about eight years of Spanish classes high school and college, I probably can’t speak much of it. I tried learning Dothraki in 20 minutes—the length of the crash course at New York Comic Con given by David J. Peterson, who created Dothraki and Valyrian on Game of Thrones and turned it into an online course (with a companion app).
When Julia Marchese began working on Out of Print in 2012, chronicling the history of the New Beverly Cinema, she didn’t know the film would eulogize her own eight-year employment at the theater upon its release. In the doc, Marchese speaks of her fondness for the New Bev in the present tense.
“I want the New Beverly to be around for another 20 years, or another 30 years,” she says.
The theater might be around, but Marchese won’t be a part of it. Following Quentin Tarantino’s takeover of the management at the New Beverly on October 1st, Marchese was given a promotion from her previously held hourly-wage position—which had required everything from working concessions to locking down a programming block from Edgar Wright—and given a salaried job as a manager at the theater. Marchese’s new position lasted all of two weeks, however, before, according to her, the general manager and Tarantino’s longtime personal assistant, Julie McLean, notified her that she wasn’t management material. McLean offered Marchese her previous hourly job at the concession stand as consolation, sans any guaranteed hours.
Marchese took to her blog to vent about the new management, citing issues with censorship and a lack of communication and claiming that her last words to McLean were “you’re going to turn this place into a fucking multiplex, and it’s a goddamn drag.” She wrote in the post that she’d intended on screening Out of Print at the New Beverly, on a 35mm print, but has now opted to release the film on Vimeo for free.
“Then I also realized my trolling could be hurting people’s feelings. That’s not something I ever really want to do with my writing. What if a pregnant woman who was wrestling with the issue of abortion read the article and didn’t know it was a joke? What if the article made her upset? I’m sure people will argue “if she doesn’t know it’s fake she deserves it,” but that’s too cruel for me. Why would anyone want the upshot of their writing career to be hurting someone else?”—Matt Saccaro, 'How I grew up and stopped trolling'
On Monday, Americans across the country celebrate Columbus Day by remembering it exists, frantically trying to figure out if they have to go to work, and then being disappointed when they do. Literally no one uses Columbus Day for its intended purpose of remembering that Christopher Columbus exists. Not even the world’s greatest mattress sale could stop Columbus Day from being the worst federal holiday in America.
Christopher Columbus was terrible
It’s become pretty cliché at this point to note, because it’s been done to great effect by everyone from famous historians like Howard Zinn and Eduardo Galeano to snarky digital natives like Gawker and The Oatmeal, but Christopher Columbus was a terrible human being.
After sailing to the new world, Columbus didn’t really seem to care very much about establishing trade routes or interacting with foreign cultures. Instead, he saw some of the natives wearing gold jewelery and made it his life’s mission to kill and enslave as many of them as possible to steal as much of it as possible. On his return trips to the Americas, Columbus forced the natives to continually bring him gold. When someone brought him gold, he gave the person a little pendant to wear around his or her neck, which exempted that person from needing to bring him more gold—at least for a little while. The freedom granted by that pendant would eventually expire and, if a native didn’t bring Columbus more gold, he’d cut off a hand and make the native wear it around his or her neck.
Columbus also hunted natives for sport. Totally a great person who should be held up on the same level as George Washington or Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The next time a major women’s organization is looking for a celebrity to promote their cause, maybe they should look for someone who doesn’t repeatedly skirt the lines of decency under the guise of humor. Sarah Silverman has made a name for herself at the expense of marginalized minorities. And while she occasionally lends her voice to progressive causes, her tendency to offend causes more harm than it does good.”—Corey Burke, '3 reasons people aren't laughing at Sarah Silverman'
“It’s not just that Gilmore Girls unfailingly left the Bechdel Test crying in the dust each and every episode. It’s that Gilmore Girls is an early successful example of everything Hollywood’s Exclusion Myth tells us isn’t supposed to be possible: a narrative built around women and women’s plots, relationships, and conflicts—one that successfully engages a wide demographic and doesn’t have the “excuse” of being a blockbuster action-adventure serving as an exception to a widely held rule.”—Aja Romano (bookshop), '7 ways 'Gilmore Girls' got women right'
The Daily Dot is delighted to announce that several of our @DotGeek writers are appearing this weekend at Geek Girl Con in Seattle!
Saturday, 12:00 pm: Fangirls Find the Force: Star Wars, from Episode VII and Beyond (Room 302)
Fangirls are speaking up about what they want from the Star Wars mega-franchise! They have voiced their concerns over representation of women in the galaxy far, far away. This panel will discuss media and fan reaction to Star Wars diversity news and the response from Disney|Lucasfilm. We also highlight the reasons why it’s important for women to speak up as consumers of pop culture, and how to do it both positively and effectively.
Saturday, 3:00 PM: Geek Couture: Pop Culture in the High-Fashion World (Room 301)
Pop culture-themed apparel has become a growing part of the fashion industry over the last few years, and recently made splashes on the runways in New York, London, and at San Diego Comic Con. What does this increase of geek couture mean for the larger fashion movement? On this panel, we will discuss how pop culture has been a part of high fashion in the past, how the fashion industry is changing, and what implications this has for pop culture in the fashion industry as a whole.
Panelists: Lisa Granshaw, Regina Ayala, Stephanie Pressman, Victoria Schmidt,
Saturday, 3:00pm: 21st Century Boys: Slash in the Mainstream (Rm 302) It’s been two decades since William Shatner told fans to “get a life!” But while fandom has become an ever-more accepted and widespread part of mainstream culture, fans continue to have a contentious relationship with the media. So what happens when the journalists ARE the fans? A panel of distinguished fandom journalists will look at fandom from atop the “fourth wall, and share their experiences as fans and journalists.
Saturday, 4:00pm: Queerbaiting in Genre Television: Representation or Exploitation? (RM302)
Genre media has often been on the forefront of social change, and often portrayed, through subtext and metaphor, stories which could not be told explicitly. However, in a world where LGBT representation is at an all-time high, is it appropriate for subtext to still be the norm? When subtext is played up between characters is it harmless fun, a step in the direction of positive representation, or exploitation of the queer audience? Come join this lively discussion!
Saturday, 5:00 pm: Fandom and the Media (Room 301)
It’s been two decades since William Shatner told fans to “get a life!” But while fandom has become an ever-more accepted and widespread part of mainstream culture, fans continue to have a contentious relationship with the media. So what happens when the journalists ARE the fans? A panel of distinguished fandom journalists will look at fandom from atop the “fourth wall, and share their experiences as fans and journalists.
Sunday, 10:00 AM: From Feels to Skills: Putting Fandom on Your Resume (Room 204)
You may not think that all those hours spent devouring Johnlock fanfic or painstakingly editing your Tumblr gif-set mean much outside of fandom, but you’re actually learning all kinds of skills that can make you stand out as a job candidate. Join a group of fans who’ve turned their passions into career assets for this interactive look at ways your fandom is building your resume.
Panelists: The Daily Dot’s Aja Romano (bookshop), Tumblr’s Amanda Brennan (continuants), ReadWrite’s Lauren Orsini (laureninspace), transmedia producer Alexandra Edwards (nonmodernist), and artist and Racebending co-founder Loraine Sammy.
Sunday, 3:00 PM: Evolution of the Superhero Movie Costume (Room LL2)
Is there really any point in trying to make superheroes look realistic? Most of the time, the cape or mask is an integral part of the characterthe thing that makes Batman a superhero instead of just a super-rich vigilante. Join us for an exploration of how superhero costumes transfer from page to screen. Well look at recent big-name comic book movies such as The Dark Knight trilogy, Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Panelist: Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (hellotailor): Gavia is a freelance fan culture and internet reporter for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Bleeding Cool, Wired, the BBC, and other publications. She serves as the Managing Editor for Big Bang Press, which publishes original fiction by talented fanfiction authors. She also blogs about costume design, TV and movies at her blog, HelloTailor. She lives in Glasgow.
We’re super excited to be a part of Geek Girl Con this year, and hope you’ll join us!
Comments like “Wow, she seriously needs some help” or “She’s a danger to herself!” are not going to help anyone pursue treatment. They’re going to make people feel scared, ashamed, and alone, none of which helps motivate the sometimes difficult, not always successful process of getting help. Imagine if a friend said to you, “Dude, you seriously need to check yourself in to a psych ward.” Now imagine if instead they said, “Hey, I’m worried about you. What’s going on?”
The lack of compassion in these articles makes me think that, as much as we may “care” about what celebrities do and what’s going on in their lives, we don’t care enough to actually worry rather than shrug or gleefully watch. We certainly don’t care enough to give them any privacy while they sort out personal issues.
Warning: This story contains possible spoilers for ‘Batgirl’ issue 35.
Batgirl is back this week with a new look and a new creative team with the release of issue 35.
After years of seeing DC Comics’ Batgirl crafted by writer Gail Simone, some fans were saddened earlier this year to learn that a new creative team would be taking over the series. But many were thrilled that Batgirl would get a lighter tone and the chance to have a bit more fun after all the darkness she’s dealt with recently.
With the release of this week’s issue we get a glimpse at what we can expect from the new team—and it turns out to be a little more jarring than anticipated.
Calculating the cost of Calvin and Hobbes' shenanigans
How much would it cost you to have a kid like Calvin? Around $1,900 a year, if you’re lucky and don’t have too much water damage.
Calvin and Hobbes has brought us many gifts in the two decades since its creator Bill Watterson allowed the 6-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger to sled off into the sunset. These include the Calvin and Hobbes Fight Club theory, and now the detailed research from parody website Proceedings of the National Institute of Science (PNIS) that shows the financial cost of all the property damage Calvin inflicts on his household in a given year.
Although PNIS is a parody website like the Onion or Landover Baptist, the methods used to compile their comedic results are legitimate. In this case, they’re also impressive: the website’s creator, Matt J. Michel, painstakingly went through all four volumes of the collected Calvin and Hobbes comics and determined the financial cost of each time Calvin caused property damage. These ranged from a broken lightbulb to the, er, five separate times he flooded the house—a stunt that cost his beleaguered mom and dad $4,800.
Kim, creator of Crazy 4 Comic Con, is drawn to unique geek fashions that allow him to be creative or subtle when displaying his passion for fandoms likeStar Wars andDoctor Who. While this includes apparel like jackets and hats, shirts are Kim’s default option. One look at men’s geek fashion shows no lack of T-shirt options for him to choose from, but what is seen today hardly looks different from what you could have found in stores a few years ago. Men’s geek fashion doesn’t appear to have evolved very much at all.
“Unfortunately, while there are many more options and prints, there hasn’t been a lot of changes to men’s fashion. The standard black tee seems to dominate and I think that gets old,” Kim told the Daily Dot. “You really have to go on Etsy or Pinterest to find innovative ideas since the mainstream is still cranking out the men’s basic tee.”
“It’s always a source of wonder to me that the men who leak these images are more interested in humiliating women than they are in continuing to receive nudes. (It sets a dangerous precedent, after all: If nudes continue to be leaked, the flow of nudes might just dry up. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you nakedness.) But shame and power are more important than sex. As we saw during the celebrity nude leak scandal, the rhetoric around sending nude photos is similar to the useless, misogynist caution we throw at rape survivors: You shouldn’t have been wearing that skirt, you shouldn’t have thought about sex, you shouldn’t have trusted other people to do the right thing. Even if you’re a victim, like Jennifer Lawrence, you still get blamed.”—Olivia Cole, 'Living in fear of my own personal Celebgate'
How do you turn the enemy of privacy into an ally?
Smartphones have long been derided as an invader against digital privacy and anonymity. They watch you, hear you, and most likely know you better than any other device you own. Hackers, telephone companies, governments, and a variety of third parties gleen all sorts of personal data from your phone, often with little consent or knowledge from you.
“Cellphones are tracking devices that make phone calls,” software developer Jacob Appelbaum said in 2013.
That’s not good. Mobile devices like phones and tablets are the most popular, affordable, and fastest-selling devices on the planet. If we can’t figure out privacy for phones, anyone who cares about privacy is losing the battle.