The current crop of YA writers- I’m thinking specifically of Jodi Meadows, but also whoever it was who bullied lifeinpublishing into deleting their tumblr and the perennially defensive Sarah Rees Brennan- seem to have a really skewed idea of how the internet in general and Tumblr in particular works. They get that authors can have fanbases and find all kinds of cool art and squee in online fandom, but they don’t seem to have absorbed the idea that the internet is not only for them, and that it’s a critic’s medium as much as it is an author’s. If I want to post on my blog saying “hey, John Green, Sarah Rees Brennan and others are friend with a known plagarist and bully and continue to promote and support her work,” I have the right to do that. Both because it’s true, and because it’s my blog and I can post what I like. But going by what just happened with lifeinpublishing, YA authors seem to feel that:
- it’s somehow unfair or uncouth to mention the failings of authors, and
- if someone does so, it is acceptable to threaten bloggers with a loss of livelihood in order to silence them speaking things that these authors don’t want to hear
How is this acceptable? How is this the behaviour of professional adults?
This isn’t only a problem with YA authors- the Stop The Goodreads Bullies crowd weren’t all YA authors, and this certainly isn’t the first time pro authors have reacted to criticism with tantrums and threats- but I find it especially disconcerting that this behaviour is now coming from people who write and model behaviour for teenagers. Is this what you want them to learn? Tumblr may not have a moderation team or a higher authority that posters are answerable to, but that doesn’t mean that YA authors should be able to use their position to bully people they don’t agree with.
yahighway, I hope you guys are thinking about this
Sorry, I must be out of the loop. Can you fill me in on what this is about?
This is a really big problem for Georgia. You can’t lose eight hospitals and not have it effect your state overall.
The organization for rural hospitals in Georgia says ‘if Georgia doesn’t figure out how to stop what’s going on, how to keep it’s hospitals opened, that state is going to create a Third World nation health situation in rural parts of the state.’
Now, one way to fix this problem, of course, is to get the poor people who live in rural parts of that state to have health insurance, so that they could go to the doctor before things became an emergency, and when they did go to the doctor, the doctor and the hospital would be paid for the treatment. Radical idea, I know, this whole ‘health insurance’ thing.
The federal government has told Georgia that it will pick up 100% of the cost of getting health insurance to 600,000 people in that state who are currently uninsured. The federal government would pay 100% of the cost of that for three years, and 90% of the cost thereafter, and even though Georgia’s hospitals are dropping like flies, losing the fight to stay opened, as they struggle to treat that state’s poor, rural population which doesn’t have health insurance and can’t pay for the treatment out of pocket, even as that’s happening. They’ve lost eight hospitals, Georgia republicans have said ‘no’.
They’ve said no to covering 600,000 more people in the state, at no cost to the state.
They’ve said no to that deal.
The governor of that state, is named Deal. It’s Nathan Deal, and now Governor Deal of Georgia has proposed a new solution to Georgia’s vexing problem of all it’s hospitals shutting down:
If the rural hospitals are shutting down, because they have to treat people at the emergency room, but none of these uninsured patients can pay for that treatment, if that is the crux of the problem, well rather than turning those uninsured patients into people who can pay, by giving them insurance, Governor Deal has decided ‘You know what, let’s fix the other side of this problem. Let’s fix the Ronald Reagan side of this problem. Let’s repeal the requirement that hospitals have to treat people.’
That’s his big idea, that would do it. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has now proposed this. He is turning down the option that would 600,000 more people in his state to have health insurance. He is turning that down and instead is proposing that the solution problems is for the federal government to repeal the Reagan Era law that says ‘if you turn up at the hospital while you’re in labor, or while you’re having a heart attack, that hospital has to treat you.’
That’s a federal law, he is asking federal officials to move to repeal it, because that would be good for Georgia.
The governor said that revisiting that specific law is what congress should do “if they really want to get serious about lowering the cost of healthcare in this country.”
When the paper in Noonan, Georgia called the Noonan Times-Herald, when they published Governor Deal’s proposal on that issue this week, they said that what the governor wants to do is get rid of the rule that says that emergency rooms have to treat sick people, the first comment on that article was this:
'Why yes, that is a way to cut medical spending: let the poor die.”
02/28/2013 on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s proposal to repeal the Reagan Era “Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor” act. (via misterdelfuego)
Governor Nathan Deal is a horrendous deal for Georgia. He needs removed from office.
The people who oppose Medicaid expansion are going to a very special Hell.
What the fuck people that you are such asshole that you literally want people to die.
The most insane part is that a good chunk of there people are republican voters, complicit in their own destruction.
I am wary of a) talking about “a good chunk” of poor people being republicans because a good chunk ARE NOT and b) concerned about this “complicit in their own destruction” rhetoric because it presents all the problems poor republicans face as being of their own creation. Please, let us not shit on poor people by blaming them for their own situation.
National Park Closes Road to Deter Poachers
Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.
The practice — known as burl poaching — has become so prevalent along the Northern California coast that Redwood National and State Parks have started closing the popular Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway at night in a desperate attempt to deter thieves.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/national-park-closes-road-deter-poachers
this is why you can’t tell anybody about Cabeswater and also why we, as the human race, cannot have nice things.
I read several dozen stories a year from miserable, lonely guys who insist that women won’t come near them despite the fact that they are just the nicest guys in the world.
..I’m asking what do you offer? Are you smart? Funny? Interesting? Talented? Ambitious? Creative? OK, now what do you do to demonstrate those attributes to the world? Don’t say that you’re a nice guy — that’s the bare minimum.
“Well, I’m not sexist or racist or greedy or shallow or abusive! Not like those other douchebags!”
I’m sorry, I know that this is hard to hear, but if all you can do is list a bunch of faults you don’t have, then back the fuck away..
..Don’t complain about how girls fall for jerks; they fall for those jerks because those jerks have other things they can offer. “But I’m a great listener!” Are you? Because you’re willing to sit quietly in exchange for the chance to be in the proximity of a pretty girl (and spend every second imagining how soft her skin must be)? Well guess what, there’s another guy in her life who also knows how to do that, and he can play the guitar. Saying that you’re a nice guy is like a restaurant whose only selling point is that the food doesn’t make you sick. You’re like a new movie whose title is This Movie Is in English, and its tagline is “The actors are clearly visible”.
You know what’s funny? I think a lot of people view these images as interesting because they’re “unrealistic” or specifically because they feature men of color, anachronistic. I do like them, but I just wanted to add something….
For each of these implied anachronisms, there is a real painting of a real Man of Color from European Art History. (The text for each image is a link to learn more!)
P.S. my favorite from the OP is will.i.am!!!
To celebrate the (approximate) 1-year anniversary of Diversity in YA’s launch on tumblr, we’re giving away all these books! Thank you for celebrating diversity in young adult books with us and continuing to engage in dialogue and increasing awareness!
(To view a document listing all the titles, click here.)
Here’s how this is going to work:
- We’ve divided these books into 4-packs of diverse awesomeness. Don’t worry, series titles will all be kept together, so you won’t end up getting a middle book or a third book in a trilogy without the others.
- We have multiple copies of some titles, so some of them will go into several prize packs.
- We’ll select 17 winners, each of whom will receive a prize pack of 4 books!
- Because of the large number of titles and the cost of international shipping, we’re only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.
- Teachers and librarians get an extra entry!
- The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014.
(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter entry form on your tumblr dash, you can also enter at our website.)
Thank you so much to the following publishers for donating books to our Anniversary Giveaway:
The New York Times picked up our Diversity Gap study on the Academy Awards.
(If you want to use this infographic in the classroom, be sure to check out this guide to using infographics in the classroom to teach visual literacy.)
Arizona Republican State Senator Al Melvin voted for SB-1062 and wants Governor Brewer to sign it. His interview tonight with Anderson ran too long for air. The full unedited conversation which included NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino is available here in two parts.
"Discrimination doesn’t exist in Arizona. We’re a more people-friendly state."
Learn how to make skweda (fire) with master storyteller Joseph Bruchac! His latest YA novel, KILLER OF ENEMIES, takes place in the post-apocalyptic Southwest, where skills like this would be vital to survival.
We have made strides, though the numbers don’t always show it, and there’s still work to be done.
One way or another, every single one of us is part of this struggle, this transition.
We are the establishment. We are accountable.
We must slay our inner chicken. Punt our inner snail.
Which brings us to: How?
New infographic and study just out on the diversity gap in the Academy Awards. Even if you already know that Hollywood has a diversity problem, the numbers will still shock you:
- The Producers and Writers branches of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are both 98% white
- Academy voters are 94% white and 77% male
- In 85 years, only eight people of color have ever won Oscars in the Best Actress or Best Actor categories. Only one woman has ever won Best Director.
We talked to filmmakers of color to get their perspective on why, after 85 years, the Academy Awards and Hollywood in general have still made little or no progress on the diversity front.Actress and filmmaker Iyin Landre decided to take the independent route after hitting a wall in Los Angeles. “I realized that there was a ceiling to the opportunities that were coming my way, especially being an Asian American actress. So I took things into my own hands and learned how to write, produce, and direct.”“The numbers do not surprise me because very few Academy Award level films with non-white leads are being greenlit,” says Gina Prince-Bythewood, a writer and director whose credits include Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees.
Many actors of color are pulled between the need for work and the desire to accept roles that portray characters of color in a nuanced way. “Every actor has a right to say no," says Jason Chan, an Australian actor, writer, and director and one of the founding partners of the production company BananaMana Films. "I’ve said no many times-sometimes at the cost of a job.”You can see the full interview and study here. One more big reason to root for Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Barkhad Abdi, Alfonso Cuarón, and Steve McQueen next Sunday.
Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac’s latest young adult book, Killer of Enemies, introduces readers to Lozen and her post-apocalyptic world.
A wonderful interview of Joseph Bruchac by Indian Country Today Media Network! More information about the historical Lozen, who was the inspiration for the Lozen of the book, and an in-depth look at Joe’s influences.