On Fandom Hope/Hype

Today has been officially labeled as “Back to the Future Day” as it is the actual day in which Mary McFly actually traveled through time. Ignore all the shitty memes. It really is today. So, of course, social media has been inundated with people posting Back to the Future related posts. It’s kind of cool, a bit odd, and at times just weirdly confusing.

Honestly, though, I am just content that there is a method and manner of nerds, geeks, and dorks to communicate and congregate, even when distance is a factor. I like that so much of the media and totems of goofy and dorky media has become mainstream, but I wonder if we are reaching critical mass. Is the hype and bubble about to burst and explode a massive blow-back onto the nerds and geeks of the world?

I mean just look at all the media (both old and new) around the upcoming Star Wars movie. There are toys, books, videos, commerce tie-ins, etc. Hell, the latest trailer premiered during a Monday night football game. It was pretty awesome though.

So, is geekery and nerddom reaching a tipping point? Truthfully, I have no clue. I know that nothing, at least nothing I have seen thus far, can grow exponentially without loss and consequences. And most likely the mass saturation of comics, films, television, etc. will probably reach a level in which it can no longer sustain itself.

However, I can enjoy all the amazing and astonishing creations, both new and old, being given life and deal with the fallout, if and, when it happens. i can’t control the media being produced or it’s eventuality, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t enjoy the ride as it happens. Thus, I suppose that is what I, and maybe all of us, should do.

Besides, have you seen that trailer? I know the movie might end up being shit, but the hope and expectation for the possibility of the movie is more than enough for now.

On Censorship & Reactions (Same Old, Same Old)

I had planned to write a post about representation in media and how criticism of said media is done and received. Seriously, I had examples and outlines and charts and graphs. Not really sure what the charts and graphs were for, but I had them. Then, I read the news this morning and wanted to go crawl into a deep cavern and drink heavily until memory loss occurred.

If you are unfamiliar with what happened here is a link for latest information. To summarize, three gunmen attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that has come under fire and threat for printing images criticizing Islam and the prophet Mohammed. They killed ten of Hebdo’s artists, two officers, and injured five other cartoonists. These individuals were murdered because some people did not like their art and satire. Was the work of Charlie Hebdo offensive and in poor taste? Possibly. Did their actions merit this response? FUCK NO!

No work of art merits the death of an artist!

On top of this, an NAACP office in Colorado Springs was attacked by an IED and received virtually no media attention. There were no deaths or major injuries, so I am hoping that is the main reason for the lack of media attention. Either way, the lack of coverage just seems wrong.

The New Year is barely a week old and the sheen of possibility and promise had already waned. It seems like we are in for just more of the same idiocy, radicalism, and polarized populace. At least, that is what I thought initially, but then I saw the outpouring of support and camaraderie of other artists, many who were not fans of Hebdo’s work, sharing messages, thoughts, and prayers of support through the medium of cartooning and I had a renewed sense of hope.

As well, there are hundreds of people coming together with pens, pencils, and papers in Paris to have a vigil for those tragically lost. Again, this will ultimately not bring the dead back, but it does show that in the face of adversity and horror there will be those who fight back and manage to support and aid the fallen.

Maybe that is the most we will ever be able to hope for. Or perhaps it is the base from which we build upon. I am hoping for the latter and seeing other’s responses it just might be possible. I’ll leave this post with the words of John Green. While not directly dealing with the current events, his thoughts still express, in my opinion, the right sentiment of hope in people, possibility, and the future.

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My worst enemy,

my dearest friend:

The blank page

 

Endless possibility

lies within your borders

 

You paralyze my

hand with hesitation

 

Unsure if what I place

is worthy of darkening

your pure face.

 

I hope and pray

that perhaps someday

I’ll fall into your embrace

like some familiar place

 

Until that time

all I can do

is put pen 

to paper and

push on through

New Year, New Job, Similar Uncertainty

So I have technically started a new teaching position at a local community college (getting introduced/shown around, obtaining id, parking space, etc.). I am grateful for the job and honestly believe that teaching at any level is one of the most noble professions one can undertake. I just am having doubts if it is the profession I am meant to have. I have taught before, though admittedly not with this large a course-load, and rather enjoyed the overall experience. I will add that I believe I did a rather good job in the past and have some documentation to back up such a claim. However, I am unsure if this profession is my calling or passion. I know I should be pleased that I even have a job in the current economy and one of such regard, but I have a difficult time seeing myself as a professor fifteen, ten, even five years into the future. For the moment, I will execute the responsibilities and duties of this position to the best of my abilities, but is it wrong to not put my full person into this job in order to work on my own interest and hobbies in the hopes I can convert them into a career? This is starting to feel too much like complaining so I will sign off here looking forward to what I will make happen this year.