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How to Access the Internet (A Guide from 2025)

Montag, Juli 5th, 2010

Welcome to the Internet! By following the simple rules below, you make sure your internet experience is smooth and risk free.

RealIdentity

Before signing on, please ensure you have received your RealIdentity card from local authorities. Signing on to the internet without identifying yourself has been ruled illegal in the Stop Anonymity Act of 2012, and you need to be sure to associate your comments, emails, posts and more with your real name. Setting up your RealIdentity is easy, as your computer (MacOS 15 or ChromeOS7 and higher) will automatically connect to your near-by card, verifying it with your biometric data. Do not put on shades, veils, contact lenses, and please shave before the biometric scan starts; it is advised to not perform biometric authentication after a long night of drinking.

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Adult Content

If your RealIdentity identifies you as being over 21 years of age (30 in some countries), you are of the legal age to view adult content. Adult content includes pornography, unmoderated forum discussions, as well as political discourse, religious counter-views, artistic expression, and free speech in general. If you are below 21 years (30 in some countries), you can still discuss politics and religion with your family, and you are free to artistic expression in your own house (local terms and conditions apply).

Bloß kein Krieg der Sterne!

Montag, Mai 31st, 2010

Der Freitag fordert Gesetze für den Kosmos:

In der Zeitschrift Space Policy schilderten Wissenschaftler um den amerikanischen Wade L. Huntley von der US Naval Postgraduate School im kalifornischen Monterey jüngst drei mögliche, deutlich anders geartete Zukunftsszenarien für die kommenden Jahrzehnte. Die drei Szenarien gehen von einem wachsendem Mangel an Energie und Nahrung oder von massivem technologischen Fortschritt als Triebfeder für die Exploration des Weltraums aus. Und sie führen geradewegs hinein in die globale Krise oder gar zu einem neuen Kalten Krieg im All – sofern nicht zeitig genug ein rechtlicher Rahmen geschaffen wird, der für alle beteiligten Staaten verbindlich ist.

Racebending und Integration

Donnerstag, März 18th, 2010

Hal Duncan über die Löschung der Facebook Gruppe People Against Racebending, die aufgesetzt wurde um gegen das “Weißwaschen” im Casting von Shymalan’s ‘Avatar, The Last Airbender‘ zu protestieren. Ich halte das einen ausgesprochen dämlichen Namen um rassistische Casting-Entscheidungen zu problematisieren (würde Genderbending als Synonym für Sexismus herangezogen werden?), aber what shalls. Hal Duncan greift das Thema auf um ein paar hörenswerte (wenn auch hyperventilierende) Anmerkungen zur Segregation und Integration von Minderheiten in der Mainstream-Kulturindustrie zu machen.

This is utterly abhorrent. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is not some trivial little issue of under-representation in the media. This is not about “political correctness.” This is not about “quotas.” This example in particular brings that home, in the elimination of ethnic diversity that has taken place, and now — now — the closing down of protest: that this is about the fucking active exclusion of the abjected from the mainstream. So the faggots can play the Gay Best Friend, and the niggers — and I use that word as a mark of the fury I feel that this is how people of colour are still being treated — can play the Magic Negro. And the Asians can play the shopkeepers and token friends and sage advisors. But never the hero.

There is a word for what this is.

SEGREGATION.

The Last Airbender movie is not just a movie. In an earlier post on my blog, a sentiment repeated in one of my BSC Review column, writing from my own queer perspective, I said this:

“Segregation still exists in the media, in the movies and the TV shows, where the abject is absented, where there is the default and the deviant, the “normal” and the “abnormal”. In the media, in the mainstream, the default is white, straight, able-bodied, and so on. And those of us who watch those media, as members of any group abjected on the basis of some marker of deviance from that default, we thirst for stories in which we are represented. We thirst for the art and entertainment that refreshes and replenishes. Sometimes we have our own water-fountains to quench that thirst — queer television, queer cinema — movies and shows that deal with our lives, our issues. This is good. But as long as we are excluded, as long as we are allowed into the mainstream only when it is “important to the story,” as long as we can walk into those stories only to carry out set roles in service of the white, straight, able-bodied heroes and heroines — as Magic Negroes or as Gay Best Friends — this is still segregation.”

Trailer für The Story Of Bottled Water

Montag, März 15th, 2010

Die Geschichte vom Wasser in Flaschen, von der Macherin des konsumkritischen Youtube-Hits The Story Of Stuff.

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