This Whole Last Week of Whatever, Encapsulated in a Single Meme

Yup, that about sums it up. Have a good Friday, everybody.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

31 replies on “This Whole Last Week of Whatever, Encapsulated in a Single Meme”

Oh wow, I *so* needed this the other day! Hugo-award-winning artist Bob Eggleton mentioned on Facebook how much he liked “Oblivion”, and some dude went OFF on it not being “valid” science fiction. Oh, I did deliver a snarky response that Bob and others clicked “like” on, but I love this meme so much more. Definitely bookmarking for future use!

Thanks to the gatekeepers, the comments by Todd McFarlane, Gerry Conway & Len Wein about how comics are just too dudely for women and other assorted face-palmery, Mark Millar’s utter cluelessness about rape tropes and harm… Yeah. It’s been a CRAPTACULAR week. Thanks for this, John. The laugh was sorely needed.

@Dave Crisp, who said they were surprised? I’ve often found “oh, you were surprised?!” statements like yours actually serve to gatekeep. It’s projecting: professing surprise at a surprise that was never expressed in the first place in order to assert a kind of superiority based on cynicism. In this case, cynicism functions as a way to reinforce the dominant paradigm towards others who explicate that paradigm; it’s Cypher vs Neo vis a vis the Matrix — a way to eat digital steak and digital women within an institution of oppression.

From the time I was a little girl, I never could understand why some people just had to try and run other people’s lives. Why couldn’t they just leave other people alone to get on with whatever they wanted to do? 50 some years later, I still can’t really understand it, although I’ve seen it a lot, from people who thought I was too gentle in training my dogs, to people who thought I was crazy to become an archaeologist, to people who thought it was weird that I liked comic books, science fiction, manga, anime, etc. So this last week was great. Thanks.

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