Open Thread: September 21, 2012

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14 comments:

chris the cynic said...

So, hey, stuff.

Don't suppose anyone has happy news. Cause I could sort of use some.

Brin Bellway said...

How are we defining "happy"?

The latest IgNobel Prizes were just awarded. I generally find IgNobels a happy thing. You might agree. You might be indifferent towards them. You might even hate them, though I can't think of a reason why.

chris the cynic said...

How are we defining "happy"?

That's a good question, but I can't answer it because asking for happy news has gotten a half verse of American Pie stuck in my head:I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news,
But she just smiled and turned away.

And that's drowning out such deep questions as the one you asked.

I did like that article though.

Ana Mardoll said...

This made me happy, but it's a touch spoilery.

RESIDENT EVIL SEMI-SPOILERS

We went to see the Resident Evil movie tonight and though it wasn't the strongest installment of the series in my opinion, it did have a little girl in it who was deaf. I thought a major plot point would be the protagonists having to learn to communicate with her, but no. Despite there being no in-universe reason for the protagonist to know sign language, she (apparently*) did. She signed to the little girl while she spoke, and everyone was careful to make eye contact with the little girl and speak clearly so that lip reading would be possible.

The last time I saw deafness handled in a matter-of-fact way in a movie that wasn't a Very Special Episode, I think it was the Miracle on 31st street (or whatever it's called; I don't do Christmas movies) remake. This made me happy because, hey, lets have more people with disabilities** in movies and not have it cause anyone to blink an eye. And lets have protagonists actively have gone out of their way to learn methods of communication that aren't AMERICAN ENGLISH ONLY despite having no plot-reason to have done so. I liked it.

* I don't speak sign language, so I'm guessing the signs were real. At first I thought they were just I-don't-know-sign-language-so-here-is-a-gesture, but later it seemed genuine looking. I really hope it was.

** Come to think on it, RE2 had a guy in a wheelchair, which was also nice. But that was A Very Important Plot Point and not just, "hey, here's a character who is also disabled for no plot-specific reason".

Silver Adept said...

It's a small happy, but I basically beat Amazon support when helping someone get an ebook on their Kindle. Fifteen minutes with me and all was well, after the user having spent three hours on the phone with Amazon support in increasing frustration.

I think that raises my Prinny rank to something like Captain Prinny or something.

Isator Levi said...

That does sound nice.

Given the way the series is composed, I wonder if Paul Anderson or Milla Jovovich personally know any deaf people, and such a character was included thinking of them.

Not as any kind of tokenist concession, I mean, just as a knowing first hand what a deaf person is like and thinking "let's include a depiction of the experience of this, because why not?"

Isator Levi said...

On an unrelated note, I am coming down with the flu days before the start of my semester at the time that has become the norm over the last four years, an experience I have found consistantly drains my early work ethic in a manner that hangs over the entire year (and is definitely ahead of the usual season, because I have seen myself as the only one with it at this time, and then the only one without it once Winter proper rolls around).

I think, this time, I'm just going to bite the bullet and get a shot, before it can settle in properly. I have reservations about having a shot when I think that much older or younger people could use them instead, but between the relative earliness of it, the suspicion that they may be well stocked, the consistant uniform susceptability, and the impact it will have on my work, I feel justified enough in it.

Ana Mardoll said...

I wondered the same thing. Either way, though, whether it was "let's have someone like Mia in the movie" or "heck, let's have someone with a matter-of-fact disability, what works, oh, hey, deafness" I was happy and pleased to see it. It's so rare for a disability to not be plot-pointy.

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