Greetings, everyone. I read things, and find them interesting. Here are some things I read this week that I found interesting. I’ve split it this week, because there’s been a fair amount of comment on the situation in Paris at the moment. Note that just because I’m linking content that criticised racism doesn’t mean I think they deserved to die. I cannot believe that needs saying. Scroll down if you’re sick to the back teeth of it for other links.
Charlie Hebdo and reaction
I hate that every time something awful happens… (Alex Shams)
Why I am not Charlie (A Paper Bird)
Unmournable Bodies (Teju Cole)
The authenticity gap: Are trans people really ‘real’? (CN Lester)- Questions cis people should ask themselves.
The resilience of neoliberal urbanism (Tom Slater)- What does the buzzword “resilience” mean? This piece deconstructs the term.
Woman Brilliantly Shuts Down Man Who Accuses Her Of Lying On OkCupid– This is superb.
5 things you should read before saying the IMF is blameless in the 2014 Ebola outbreak (Adia Benton & Kim Yi Dionne)- Well worth looking through this summary.
Gamephobias– Signal boosting this fantastic initiative for crowdsourcing a list of triggers in video games.
recent leftist male Google searches– Your new favourite Tumblr.
Five Destructive Myths Perpetuated by Roleplaying Games (Oren Ashkenazi)- Examining potentially harmful tropes in RPGs and what they teach us. Also recommends games that get round the problems.
Behold, the Pillars of Creation (Bad Astronomy)- Examination of a very important “before-and-after” shot, with some stunning pictures.
FRIENDS: Where Are They Now (The Belle Jar)- A very funny, astute piece of writing with very gratifying Ross-hate.
And finally, just look at this ad for Windows 95. Just look at it.