Feb. 8th, 2009 04:51 pm
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On the way home from lunch Hodge and I heard an interview with Joss Whedon about the upcoming Dollhouse.

By the way: Dollhouse? A show pivoting around identity, misogyny, and Eliza Dushku? Was there ever a show more geared towards my own interests?

Anyway, the interview was a little bit obnoxious. Jacki Lyden asks the oft-feminist-lauded Whedon how having a disempowered identityless protagonist who is programmed to have sex with whoever is willing to pay for her when she's not going on crazy black-ops missions is remotely a feminist idea. This would be a reasonable question once, but she grills him on it throughout the whole interview. What makes the interview worth listening to is that Whedon articulates the conundrum of the politically-aware storyteller quite gracefully.

"The fact of the matter is, I've been worried about this. It's kept me up nights. But I believe the best way to examine anything is to go to a dark place," Whedon says. "You can't be a storyteller and a speechwriter at the same time."

This is something I fret over all the time. How do you create art that is dangerous, new, risky, etc., if you're hyperaware of the hegemonic potential of your medium? What if the story you need to tell involves women who are weak? I think part of why Buffy has been meaningful to so many people is that it reflects the power struggles young women face much more accurately than a consistently empowered heroine would. Guess what? We don't live in a world of consistently empowered women. We live in a world where you have to fight to become empowered, and it's so much more meaningful to see a Buffy who is sometimes naive, vulnerable, and powerful, because we know we can count on her to grow and fight exactly the way the rest of us must. I'm assuming Echo, Dollhouse's new heroine, is not going to be passive for a full season. I'm guessing we're going to get some fight out of her, and how satisfying will that be, to see her strength finally push through?

The audio is worth a quick listen (the printed version just paraphrases; the audio will be available later tonight) just to hear Whedon's calm confidence about the power of a narrative to do something that a polemic cannot accomplish.

Also, Dollhouse will be on my television this Friday, so if any of y'all is looking for a spot to watch it give me a ring.

(PS: I obviously fail at livejournal. Apologies. It has been that kind of month.)


May. 7th, 2008 10:11 pm
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I just accidentally ran out of Veronica Mars. I thought I had a whole disc to go but it turns out the last disc is all "special features." You know what special feature I would have really liked? ANOTHER FOUR EPISODES OF VERONICA MARS. Now what am I supposed to do? Write my paper?

The worst part about falling in love with canceled shows is, well, they're canceled. No matter how hard you hope, there will never be another episode of Firefly, or of Freaks and Geeks, or of Veronica Mars. If I ever become a multi-millionaire (I know we're all holding our breath on that one) I'm going to start a network for niche shows that are astoundingly good but that don't pull in bottom-line ratings. Then the rest of the world can enjoy O.N.A.N. Idol or Incest Dancers or whatever the hell they want to watch and those of us with IQs higher than the average can of Chef Boyardee Spaghetti with Meatballs can enjoy some quality programming.

Logan lust

Apr. 3rd, 2008 11:48 pm
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Today I am grateful for my discovery that Jason Dohring is in fact twenty-five. It makes my crush on him a lot less sketchy than I'd originally feared.
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Ah, procrastination! This meme is perfect for the last weekend of work I have ahead of me this semester.

a. Post a list of 10 TV shows you love (current or cancelled)
b. Have your friends list guess your favorite character from each show.
c. When guessed bold the line and write a little bit about why you like that character (I'll do this by editing the post itself).
d. Post in your own livejournal.

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So I don't know if I have much to add to the conversation about the WGA Writers' Strike, but my TV is off until the strike is settled.

Part of me is sad that, of all the injustices corporate America perpetrates, the one that gets attention is the one that threatens to take away peoples' televisions. Somehow it's become unfashionable to support workers' rights in this country (you get called a socialist! Or worse: French!). This is even more disheartening as the divide between rich and poor becomes more absolute.

That said, this particular strike is close to home for me. I'm virtually married to someone who works in the media industry, which is a realm that gets away with treating people like garbage because "that's just how it works." We have friends in the production industry, and friends hoping to finagle their way into the production industry, most of whom do so because they believe that serial storytelling can, at its best, be a powerful creative medium. And the industry takes these people, grinds them to a pulp, and throws them aside.

So, yes: I support the WGA, and I support anyone who wants to take a stab at the behemoths we've created to sell us products.

Oh: and I do wish Steve Carell a speedy recovery from his unfortunate case of enlarged balls.
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Meme ganked from [profile] bluescissors76 (AKA Bert).

This feels oddly right, even though it makes me sound more well-balanced than is a reasonable assessment.

Your Score: Snuffleupagus

You scored 58% Organization, 53% abstract, and 50% extroverted!

This test measured 3 variables.

First, this test measured how organized you are. Some muppets like Cookie Monster make big messes, while others like Bert are quite anal about things being clean.

Second, this test measured if you prefer a concrete or an abstract viewpoint. For the purposes of this test, concrete people are considered to gravitate more to mathematical and logical approaches, whereas abstract people are more the dreamers and artistic type.

Third, this test measured if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert. By definition, an introvert concentrates more on herself and an extrovert focuses more on others. In this test an introvert was somebody that either tends to spend more time alone or thinks more about herself.

You are somewhat organized, both concrete and abstract, and both introverted and extroverted.

I bet you didn't think you were Snuffleupagus. Let's find out why.

You are both somewhat organized. You have a good idea where you put things and you probably keep your place reasonably clean. You aren't totally obsessed with neatness though. Alloyius Snuffleupagus (and all Snuffleupagus') is not sloppy by nature, but he moves so incredibly slowly that it is impossible for him to be totally organized.

You both are about equally concrete and abstract thinkers. You have a good balance in your life. You know when to be logical at times, but you also aren't afraid to explore your dreams and desires... within limits of course. Snuffy generally has very basic interests, but he explores his abstract sensitive side when he plays his snuffleflute.

You both are somewhat introverted. Originally Snuffleupagus was very shy and was only Big Bird's invisible friend. However as he has aged he has started to build new friendships with new characters. Like Snuffy, you probably like to have some time to yourself. However, you do appreciate spending time with your friends, and you aren't scared of social situations.


The other possible characters are

Oscar the Grouch

Big Bird

Cookie Monster



Kermit the Frog


The Count

Guy Smiley


If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback! Also if you want to tell me your favorite Sesame Street character, I can total them up and post them here. Perhaps your choice will win!

Link: The Your SESAME STREET Persona Test written by greencowsgomoo on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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So...just what the what is ladylike?

That fucking rocked. A million times more than every other thing I've heard out of her mouth since she went on the show. That, my friends, that is why we've been asking...what are they doing to her on that show? Because half of what she sings on that show makes her sound, well, not bad, but not Storm.

But that was our girl. And she wore. A hat. Once again.


But kudos to your Dilana, [profile] lagizma, for rocking her shit with a ripped calf muscle. That took some serious sacrifice to the gods of RAWK.

...but Storm proves Boromir wrong once again. Suck it, Boromir.
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I want Storm to get off that show so she can come home and sing real music again.

And I want her to never take that fedora off again. Because blonde chanteuse+boyhat=total fucking hotness.

Come home, Storm! We love you!
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What is the deal with me falling in love with short-lived TV shows long after they are already cancelled? Firefly, Freaks and Geeks, now Arrested Development. I mean, on one hand, I ignore the television ninety percent of the time. Good for me. But on the down side, I miss the handful of genuinely entertaining things that are on. And then they get cancelled because no one was watching.

I'm almost out of Arrested Development now...what will I do? I'll have to take drugs to laugh that hard without it. And drugs are more expensive than DVDs.

As a side note, a few weeks ago we turned on the TV to watch House and caught the end of American Idol, a show I do not follow. I did manage to catch, however, that they were doing a "Queen" special. All the contestents were singing Queen songs. There were a few Queen band members on the show. The sad thing was, it turned out to be an awful idea, because fucking nobody can match Freddy Mercury's range. No one really sat down and realized, "Hey, wait, could it be that making them sing songs it takes talent to sing might reveal this to be a sham?" So ha ha ha.

This does not stop me from singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of my lungs whenever I have a few beers in me.
And yes, I sing everyone's part at once.


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