This is a response to the Becoming Youtube bit on nerdfighters, talking a little bit about the wonderful NotGDCA chapter, and getting at what nerdfighteria is beyond all of the superficial stuff people seem to see.
I’m so embarrassed by anything that goes through the nerdfighter realm anymore. Anything tagged, related to, or mentioning nerdfighterdom.
What used to be somewhat inspiring has now become downright embarrassing.
Sorry John and Hank, but most of your little cult followers are now 14 year old girls who can only find time to squeal about you and their oppressed otherkin status.
This is a terribly incorrect generalization. Yes, vlogbtohers have become uber popular, among a very young audience, but part of nerdfighterdom is to not judge so easily on ideas of others simply due to agism or any other prejudices. There is a necessity to imagine others complexly, and even 14 year olds can be fairly complex. The first time I went to a nerdfighter gathering, I felt a little out of place with my age, and thought that perhaps I shouldn’t be there. But I was wrong. So far, I’ve found that in the community there is a group of people who promise to have an open mind and encourage discussion, and unlike so many other facets of the internet, choose to respect one another despite their disagreements. Perhaps its just a bunch of people being nice, but there is a reason behind it. By resisting the simplicity and quick judgement, we make sure that discussion isn’t stifled. refuting hate, we try to encourage confidence and participation. Maybe some people get annoyed by all the “fangirls” who like to constantly blog about drizzles and hurricanes, or sing out geeky science songs, or say french the llama IRL. But the most important thing about it is that we discourage shame, and embrassement. We respond with thoughts instead of judgements. Simply choosing to identify yourself as a nerdfighter makes you one, its anti-hipster in a way. And the inclusion in itself is what makes the community so positive. So excuse me while I stay inspired by this group of people that makes me optimistic about the future.
Intensely relevant to me. If I were to make a p4a video (I didn’t have time to today) This is the charity I would have chosen. Maybe I’ll post late late thoughts, but I’m on the run right now, with a plane to catch in a few minutes, and another two in a few days. Catch you all later.
I’m home this week, but time to catch you guys up on some of the things I did including the HItRECord tour that I went to, and the wonderful Hirshorn. And I spazz about the importance of preserving historical items.
Voting, But You Don’t Have To (by Peng1TV)
So, I just got done filling out my absentee ballot, and wanted to talk about the entire “You have no excuse not to vote, it is your duty” thing, because its not really a legitimate democratic argument, abstention from voting is done for good reasons for some people, and its important not to simply blame it on laziness. Sorry Hank, I don’t HAVE to vote.
While I was in Barcelona last week, I happened upon this and just smiled about how far and successful TFioS has been. And I thankfully didn’t see anything that said Cincuenta tonos de gris. Now that I think of it, would it be a bad idea to read a book I’ve already read in a different language? Probably would be a lot easier than that book of short stories I’ve barely gotten through in Arabic and Spanish :P.Edit: I feel dumb, just looking over this again, I realized its not in spanish…. Its damn Catalan. One of my frustrations with Barcelona is how much I think something is written in Spanish, but slightly off enough for me not to understand.
Yeah, so those are a few things, but The Verge, Cnet, Gizmodo, Engadget and a bunch of other tech sites are much better at explaining this then I am. go and read, contact your congressman if you haven’t already, and just in general make this a topic that people talk about, because Laws should be made for the good of the whole, not the few who are rich enough to lobby.
Vlog- Subway and Lungs