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nil  ·  20 minutes ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

It's more the breakdown of previously held social norms. It's not invalidating the law of gravity, it's accepting that what colour it's acceptable to dye your hair is not based in scientific truth.

"Objective truth" as it pertains to social philosophy has never really existed. And pre-Socratic skeptics thought it was impossible to know anything to begin with. The idea is hardly new. Rather there is an entire slew of right-wing commentators who are conflating "breakdown of objective truth" with "breakdown of my ideology."

In this case I think it's warranted. Keeping your job > the idea of dragging a 12 year old girl out of school in handcuffs over a Big Shaq song.

nil  ·  1 hour ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Christopher Hitchens agrees.

I love that review. When I was a kid, I read Harry Potter first. Then I read Phillip Pullman right after. And I'd agree with Hitchens - The Golden Compass is infinitely better, more thrilling, and sends a better message. I only read Harry Potter to get points in the MS Read-a-Thon.

Just to clarify - I think JK is profoundly stupid. You're right - her beliefs are rooted in a very simplistic view of the world. But if kids are willing to sit and read 700+ pages of books it won't be very hard for them to move up.

Holy hell, I think I should do a standalone review of His Dark Materials. That shit was tight.

Yeah, I certainly don't think this behaviour is common across the entire country. It sounds like an isolated incident. I noticed they interviewed the grandfather and not the parents.

But she wasn't expelled from the school, no? The school didn't discipline her. So whatever is going on is kind of bizarre.

nil  ·  16 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 352st Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Canadian content!

I need to thank CBC Radio 2 for this one. That's where you hear the truly deep cuts that blow you away.

More mainstream:

nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

I can see why you're pissed off klein, but at the end of the day it's just a stupid fucking book about wizards. You can criticize it, but to blame it for any kind of broader social changes is crazy talk.

And holy wack dude! I was ready to hop right on that generational gap wisdom which is why I bothered vomiting personal experience in the first place but I think it's just you. Once you mentioned that 17-y/o in your class hating on millenials. It's not Gen-Z being different because they experience the fucking Hunger Games. It's because you're in CNC class with the fucking pickup truck guys who hate the art kids and libtards. And they're gonna be automated in a few years anyway.

I feel like you know this. I sense you're too narrowly focused. Which is why this is turning into what it is. I sense you see the Hogwarts sweater as "just another stupid thing" people are doing but you can drive yourself crazy over other people's bad taste. You're reading waay too much into it.

I'm guilty of this too. My friends say "you overanalyze everything."

    Here's what I'm saying: shit changed, yo, and Harry Potter is a part of that. Not the only part, not the most important part. But what you make your dreams out of influences how you live your life.

Career direction -> hogwarts? Communist Party? Abstract art?

    Yes by all means you're a rebel and being a rebel is tough. But you're also a hooligan. Hooligans do not get the concessions that rebels do.

I'm neither a rebel nor a hooligan. I want you to re-read that article you linked; it applies to you more than it applies to me. Cause I'm an apostrophe. I'm just a symbol to remind you that there's more to see.

nil  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

    Again, you are denying the gradient: GTA didn't cause kids to go on a murder spree therefore pop culture is utterly without influence on children.

The problem is always the extent. At no point have I denied any gradient. My argument is "Harry potter can't possibly be that big of an influence on society, even if what you're saying is correct."

I'm not arguing against introspection and you know this. It's the weighting of parameters. It's when you focus too narrowly on one thing and you miss the big picture. This is a generation that grew up absolutely glued to the internet and its totality of information for 2 decades now. Whose attention spans are too short to sit through fucking harry potter without checking their phone. Who go see this shit because they're bored and it's mainstream, stupid entertainment. It's like why superhero movies are popular.

They don't watch TV or get social norms from movies because they spend such little time consuming those forms of entertainment anyway. Okay, so older millenials and GenX, aka a lot of those staff I was railing about. You know what. Now it all makes sense to me. You're right. My teachers growing up were those authoritarians. Maybe they got fucked by Harry Potter because I read the books when I was like 10.

But they really got fucked by Columbine. And the politics of fear. And when the world gets crazier and crazier and suddenly the internet and smartphones pop out of nowhere and adolescents go crazy with it you reach for the simplest solution. Total control. Which is increasingly becoming the arm of the criminal justice system. My school had 8 girls get arrested for bullying. That was never proved in court. That's what the stakes were for my generation. Have beef with someone and the teacher will find out and you'll go to jail.

    but a culture that has identified Harry Potter as a "punk rock" rebel

But people have been doing that shit forever. It's lame mainstream tastes from people who aren't rebels but if it wasn't Harry it'd be some other family friendly kill the bad guys type moron. These are all 30 something neckbeards in these bands, not even kids or 20 something losers like myself.

    Take your student council example. What would have happened if your fellow students stuck up for you? What would have happened if they collectively walked out? What would have happened if they made themselves ungovernable?

I had done all kinds of crazy shit leading up to this. I had gotten suspended for hacking, I had broken into the teacher's lounge, I was exchanging drugs (they didn't find out about that one though). I nearly got the cops called on me because they lent me the teacher's keys and I couldn't give it back right away bcuz the dude was on stage playing piano. I still had really good grades. They didn't march for me but some kids decided to pull one last prank at the end of the year as revenge.

Because me being shot down was just one symptom of the overall climate of repression. Nobody cared the school was falling apart, or there was no toilet paper, or the teachers were being dicks. Rampant sexism. The VP had a meeting in the resource room with all the black kids.

When you're 16, 17 you often can't mount a sophisticated defence. You usually just act out, like you mentioned. And "adults" aren't going to love you in the paper. They're going to villify you as a stupid teenager even if you're totally correct. I applaud Greta for being so fucking composed because I would have lost my shit.

And please remember that climate protests are often school sanctioned. Walking out because your school is dehumanizing you in 17 different ways? Gonna need an HK demand sheet for that shit

Those kids got expelled. The teachers locked the rioting students in the atrium. Forcible confinement, literally. One kid got arrested. And then the year ended, no newspaper ever found out or cared. A walkout for me would have been great but their attitude would have been "how do we regain control as fast as possible" and in your case that was laying off discipline. In my case? I had to fake a suicide attempt to avoid getting suspended a second time. I would have expelled for "inciting a riot" or some shit. "Misbehaviour". Like Little Pump. Because I was already the "bad guy." They would have literally called the police. There would be truancy officers. It would have been a nightmare. And you still need to get your diploma and go to college and get your nice job or whatever. I backed down and tried to be the Buddhist at the last minute but HOLY HELL DUDE I should have taken your advice and burned that shit to the fuckin' ground.

What you mentioned that resonated was adults going crazy. But fuck if Harry is screwing up kids. If he screwed up the generation that taught me than he did it to the 30+ crowd. I manage a store because I'm a loser but when some sixteen year old girl tells me a story of her outrunning 6 uniformed police officers at a party with underage drinking I'm happy. I'm happy that there's still love in the world. I can't say it, because that's fucked, and that's irresponsible, and yada yada yada but I'm happy. And she's definitely seen those boogie fucks on the Suite Life on Deck. And Harry Potter. And iCarly. And all that horrible shit.

Now I gotta re-read it because it's been a minute.

nil  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

    You, King Rebel of all Rebels, have internalized the idea that it's better to suck it up than fight for your right.

    And I blame Harry Potter.

Part 1 is correct and Part 2 is incorrect. Part 2 is wrong not because Harry Potter doesn't have authoritarian themes but because no kids are reading or watching those films and getting the takeaway that "authority is cool" and applying it to their personal lives. You're reading too much into it. You're doing literary criticism that 94% of the population isn't. You might be right but kidzz are not disempowered by Harry Potter any more than I was beating a hooker to deathed by GTA: Vice City. GTA is less popular but you see my point.

Kidz are in the tank because like you mentioned, their issues are blacked out. Check it.

    This ignores the fact that adults in general care about adults, that generally whatever hardships kids are suffering are opaque to adults, and that even if you were to ask for things to be better, suck it up, buttercup.

That's the problem. Nobody, nobody has less freedom or power or anything in the society than kids. They can't do shit. You fight back and you won't graduate. And everyone around you is so scared shitless that if you raise your voice you probably won't inspire another to action, they'll just vilify you. I did it, it worked, they agreed, but fewer and fewer agree every year.

I liked your story because it worked. Me, I tried to run for president of the student council at my school and I would have won until the teachers blocked me because they didn't like me. The next year they picked the council. The year after that they got rid of it entirely. The year after that they cancelled even sports because they were worried kids were going to show up drunk.

I wish kids would fuck up the plan. That's what I did, that's what I want, that's what I encourage. But fuck if we don't ever live in a disempowering time and it's not because of JK Rowling, even if she sucks. It's because of adults, bitch. Uptight assholes at the school board. Part of being able to fight back is believing you can and even that's been taken away from kids. By school, by parents, by law, not by media. Her crimes are aesthetic.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Them kids need to discover volleyball. It's easy as all hell, no contact and you can socialize with the normies.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

I still don't get how even if it's all those things (in retrospect, maybe it made more sense when I was a kid), that J.K. Rowling is the exact opposite politically. And right wing commentators and middle-America hates that shit for reasons beyond religion.

Is hierarchy natural? No, but that's because any definition of hierarchy might be inherently flawed. Notice you said egalitarian, not equal. There is neither pure equality or linear hierarchy. Just sheer chaos.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

Well, Dumbledore is gay. We can't forget about that crucial detail.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The wonderful, weird world of wizard rock

I disagree.

    Harry Potter passive-protagonizes his way through five fucking books in which his every civilization-dooming discomfort is caused by the inflexibilities of a corrupt system to become... a mid-level clerk in that corrupt system. The message it sends is FUCKING GHASTLY.

If this was Italian neo-realism that would just be how we are. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? Son, I didn't sell out. I bought in. Dude, that's it. That's what we do. Beyond a certain point, it just feels wrong to keep trying to stick it to the man. Or other people will give you the look of terror.

    "I proudly announce my fealty to the marketing of Time-Warner, Disney, and Universal." Really, "fandom" means "I subvert my creative energies to the products of giant corporations."

We're all consumers on some level.

    SPOCK doesn't have 699 competitors, though
698 if you count Warp 11. There are others.

    I'd never really noticed how Hermione is an SJW who wants to free the Elves who are clearly the British service class who clearly don't want to be freed because really, the English caste system is better for everyone

Presuming Rowling herself had some weird motivations, she appears to be a flaming liberal. Could be unconscious, but what actually happened in the book aside there is an archetype about the middle-class white saviour complex. It's all fun and games until you're actually made uncomfortable by "the poor." Until you try to establish anarchy at your local art show and Jason rolls through with a case of beer and trashes the place.

    And that worries me. That worries me a lot. There's an entire generation of kids who grew up believing that the one thing you never do, no matter how dire the consequences, is question authority. There's a "fandom" out there whose inspiration is a bunch of kids who try (and fail) to lead normal lives under totalitarian rule. There's a broad swath of people who, when confronted with an Oswald Moseley, will continue to invite him and his followers to their thanksgiving dinners. But guaranteed - each and every one of those people has filled out an online petition in the past six months.

Really what it usually is are adults trying to get you to stop hurting yourself so you can live. And it always hurts to be told no. You mentioned the dictatorial power the Ministry of Magic has in the books but I can't imagine how the story could make any sense without it. Maybe if you want to go there and say the concept of wizards and muggles should be abolished entirely but if you start from that point you basically need the secret police. Because information itself can't be leaked. It's like Men in Black, nobody must know the aliens exist.

What are you going to do if someone finds out? Extralegal, extra-constitutional kidnapping basically.

So while I'm inclined to believe in Harry Potter itself being some kind of authoritarian nightmare the real sin the characters commit is they just don't care. Which is more accurate. Fucked shit happens around you all the time as a kid and it's a lot easier to stand by than do something and many, many times it's not like fighting back accomplishes anything.

Harry Potter appeals to people you might describe as outcasts because it posits the existence of a secret world with hidden powers that nobody else (the normies) can see. And sometimes it gives them the leg up for having that power. That's social exclusion, that's creative arts, that's a more colourful dress sense, that's an alternative sexuality. It's not really an authoritarian head-trip, anymore than maybe some of those people would prefer to remake the reality in a different way. Ender's Game is the real fucky book. Harry Potter is a microcosm of what being a kid is about. They don't fight back any more than anyone does in real life.

nil  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Rwanda's Mara X, Z are the first smartphones made fully in Africa

Tech industry is HUGE in Rwanda. I met a nice gentleman that founded one of the biggest tech companies in the region. He fled the genocide in '94 as a small child into the Congo, barely escaping becoming part of a militia and later came back to make it all happen.

And why not? People in very poor countries usually have great social skills because being able to network with others can be the difference between life and death. Cheap, available technology makes it a lot easier to navigate day-to-day life. Despite being broke, basically everyone I knew there had a cell phone.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Mark Chagall paintings make me queasy.

    It is a signature lack of commitment...

Want to know what his work reminds me of? Being a child. Being in public school, grades 1 to 8. Drawing random, sometimes evil stuff that comes to mind.

You aren't wrong for feeling this way. I sense I could perhaps evoke the same feeling drawing one of those stick figure shoots bad guy in a tank on top of a mountain drawings.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

At least you made a move. You'll feel infinitely better for trying. Generally when you actually put in effort there's a 75% success rate. Don't beat yourself up over the remaining 25%.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

    I don't want to be all Facebook Melodramatic Cryptic Post or anything

Dude, this is jail. You can say whatever you want here as long as you aren't talking smack about someone. I don't wanna get shanked.

Feel free to let out all kinds of emotions. It's not like you're a troll or something.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

Don't worry mk, they'll never be able to prove it in court. I got the most expensive lawyer in Hollywood on retainer here.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9th 2019

I am playing volleyball tonight with some girls and boys. It is going to be a lot of fun. The other team forfeited the match because they're a bunch of flakes. After which I am coming home to drink toilet wine with my cellmates and monitor the climate catastrophe live from NASA. Tally ho!

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Young people are poisoning themselves at alarming rates with over-the-counter drugs

Sorry boss.

nil  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Young people are poisoning themselves at alarming rates with over-the-counter drugs

    It lowers the quality of life to the point where you're willing to risk more because you have less to lose.

Can certainly relate...

They reach out to you though do they not? Takes a bit to reach out to a random stranger on the internet. Maybe they're at Boomer Nexus and you get it or something...

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

True, but if you erode any claim to legitimacy they have left it helps. Public spectacles do mean something. And everyone has a breaking point.

nil  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The White House Letter in Response to the Impeachment Inquiry

    they should just keep adding charges after beginning another impeachment inquiry into one (or several) of the veritable cornucopia of possibilities.

I like this idea more than worrying about the potency of impeachment. It would be funny as all hell if they kept bringing impeachment proceedings against him. The Republicans would look stupid as hell acquitting him over and over again on laundry lists of new charges. Would really drive home how stupid this all is.