Camp NaNoWriMo 2014 is almost here! What makes Camp different? You can set your own word-count goal, and tackle any writing project you can think of, including scripts, revisions, or theses. It’s a virtual writing retreat where your pen can run wild.
Graphic by Dominic Flask for Camp NaNoWriMo.
Cultural critics have rightly decried whitewashing in the name of social justice. Networks are now beginning to see dollar signs where they once imagined dearth. But beyond money and morality, diverse programming is also a question of quality. “Racist writing is a craft issue,” the poet Kwame Dawes said at this year’s AWP conference. “A racist stereotype is a cliché. It’s been done. Quite a bit. It’s a craft failure.”
Without an understanding of culture, power and history, diversity is useless; it’s blackface. And television has often given us nothing but that: cheap stand-ins and tokens to up their numbers and check off boxes.
Audre Lorde wrote that poetry “forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.” TV and movies, our modern mythology, fall somewhere along this spectrum of poetry, idea and action. The realm of the fantastic offers a rare opportunity for artists to challenge and expand our concepts of privilege, resistance and social justice. We must, after all, imagine the changes we want to see. And these images, reflected back at us again and again, have the power to filter our own self-reflection, our own sense of power toward lesser and greater purposes. What quality of light will we predicate our hopes and dreams on?Two Excerpts from 'Whitewashed TV isn’t just racist. It’s boring!' by Daniel José Older
i dont know what example is but its supposed to be
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet
It’s a joke, friend. A little parodic malapropism
In the aftermath of John Travolta’s re-naming of “Idina Menzel” as “Adele Dazeem” (also spelled Adela Dazeem, Adele Tazeem, etc.), it’s a linguistically interesting question as to how he got from one version to the other.
Many current news sources have suggested that it might be dyslexia. Although I know nothing about Travolta’s actual medical history, there are two reasons why I think this particular error cannot be blamed on dyslexia and is a product of more general memory lapses that could have happened to any of us.