Recommends: Scalzi's Video Game Analogies

This is a little old and I don't recommend reading the comments, but I love it nevertheless. Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is.

I love it because it explains "privilege" in an accessible way that conceptualizes why "but I was born (relatively) POOR and had to WORK HARD" isn't a rebuttal of the concept of privilege. And it does it by employing the term "dump stat" which is only one of the best terms ever. Seriously, I want to print this article out and hug it.

RECOMMENDS! What have you been percolating?

12 comments:

Patrick Knipe said...

Damn that's an excellent analogy.

Percolation: I've finally managed to get started on Gothic Detective, a set of stories I'll hopefully be able to update weekly.

chris the cynic said...

Remember how last week I said that I hoped to have my spoilerpost about Mirror's Edge done soon? Well I gave in to the temptation to just respond to the the plot point by point with excessive commentary, and did eventually get that done. Then I tried to make another post with more general responses to things on the spoiler side and, basically, what I would have done differently if I'd been in control. That said, I was so tired while writing much of the second one that it could be incoherent for all I know. I need to get better about getting enough sleep.

I watched the transit of Venus with my sister, but since I couldn't get my camera to focus on the sun (how often is one likely to have cause to say that?) through welding glass, mostly I ended up with pictures of my sister and me in welding helmets.

Also I wrote a bit of Skewed Slightly to the Left, an alternate version of Left Behind I've worked on on occasion in which, basically, the characters aren't all jerks.

Brin Bellway said...

That said, I was so tired while writing much of the second one that it could be incoherent for all I know.

I haven't read this particular one yet (once I'm done catching up on the comments here), but you often worry about being incoherent and only once was it anywhere close to true (the one with Mothra and Godzilla, which had confusingly convoluted nested footnotes).

chris the cynic said...

Thanks, but this one might have been written under equivalent tiredness to that one. I just wanted to finish and get it posted, and I was low on sleep to begin with, so as I got toward the end of writing/revising, and it was significantly later than I had intended to be awake, I was at truly epic levels of tired.

I should, of course, just look through and revise it. But there's other stuff I want to get done too so I'll probably end up letting it sit off to the side until I forget about it.

Mime_Paradox said...

Read the book Black Images In The Comics: A Visual History, showing the evolution of black characters from horribly racist charicatures of the nineteenth century to Ultimate Spider-Man's Miles Morales. Then I blogged about it.

Will Wildman said...

Scalzi's article is brilliant. Sadly, my go-to phrase lately has been 'you can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into', and the article's comment thread is strong evidence in that direction. My favourite (no it isn't) is the guy who insists that straight white male privilege has already ceased to exist.

I have a recommend of someone else's material - someone inspired by Ana's decon work here, as well as the efforts of folks like Mark from MarkReads, has started doing a chapter-per-week analysis of that phenomenon of the moment, Fifty Shades of Grey. She notes that it is in more of the MarkReads style of ranting and hyperbole, but still with analytical moments as well. It is also drink-sporflingly hilarious.

The announcement is here: http://somethingshortandsnappy.blogspot.com/2012/05/announcing-bad-idea.html

Chapter one post is here: http://somethingshortandsnappy.blogspot.com/2012/05/50-shades-of-grey-chapter-1.html

Chapter two post is here: http://somethingshortandsnappy.blogspot.com/2012/06/fifty-shades-of-grey-chapter-two-in.html

Also, folks should be forewarned that the main character's name is Anastasia and this usually gets shortened to 'Ana', which is weird coming directly from this site, for reasons which I assume are self-evident.

(This the blog of a local friend of mine who has lurked here at Ana's site for some months, and finally come out of hiding to comment recently as CleverNamePending. She didn't want to be all self-promotional, but I can give this undertaking a stamp of approval.)

Ana Mardoll said...

OMG, adding that to the RSS feed NOW. Thank you for the heads-up. :D

JonathanPelikan said...

Thanks for the reference. Bookmark get~

Brin Bellway said...

Also, folks should be forewarned that the main character's name is Anastasia and this usually gets shortened to 'Ana', which is weird coming directly from this site, for reasons which I assume are self-evident.

No kidding. I tried to read a short story with a protagonist named Brin a while back. Couldn't do it. Too weird. I don't know how people named Jack cope.

(Oddly, despite my given name being fairly common, I've never read a story where a major character used the particular form of it I do. Just a couple of TV shows, which is fine as it only bothers me written down.)

Will Wildman said...

I had a friend in university named Mark - I brought this up one time while we were both being swamped with marking jobs as TAs, and his response was basically that hearing 'mark' used as not-his-name so often meant that he just got used to it at a very early age. I imagine it's the same for anyone with a really common name.

I tend not to get along super well with people who share either of my go-to names, for reasons that I cannot fully articulate. Possibly I instinctively suspect some kind of Highlander deal to be going on and one day we're going to have to fight to claim the other's power. (Although I notice 'Will' less often because it's only used by folks online.)

Brin Bellway said...

I tend not to get along super well with people who share either of my go-to names, for reasons that I cannot fully articulate. [...] (Although I notice 'Will' less often because it's only used by folks online.)

I should think that even if a smaller percentage of Wills bug you, they'd bug you more often because there's more of them. I don't know about you, but I can't name any other Trevors that aren't Neville Longbottom's pet toad.

Timothy (TRiG) said...

There was a Trevor in our JW congregation. He was also a year ahead of me in school. I can't, off hand, think of any others, but I wouldn't have thought of it as a rare name. In fact, if I ever get around to writing one of those stories in my head, it's a name I might well use. (I rarely have names for characters in my head, for some reason. I try, but the names don't stick.)

TRiG.

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