Monday, September 26, 2011

Disinformation, Douchebags, Disney and Why You Shouldn't Fuck with Saskatchewan.

The new Facebook newsfeed has some downsides (gee, really?), one of which is that from time to time I'll get something on my newsfeed that a friend has commented on.  I want to weigh in, but since the original poster is not a friend of mine, I can't.  Once again, in the wake of the new changes, we're getting the ridiculously asinine reposts about how Facebook is going to start charging and blah blah, repost and you won't get charged.

And people repost this shit.  It's enough to make my head explode.  But here is what I have a real issue with:
Newsflash, commenter number 1:  Spreading misinformation does not make you smart, it makes you an asshole.  Check your sources before reposting this inane shit, thankyouverymuch.  The friend of mine that commented on this, thus exposing me to this other person's dumbassery via my newsfeed, had a very reasonable suggestion - check snopes.com if you are unsure. At LEAST take the time to do a quick Google search.

Again, it is NOT smart to repost shit 'just in case' if you don't have your facts straight.  In a case like this the worst that will happen is that you'll piss off some people, and maybe lose a few e-friends in a fit of annoyance, but the possibility may arise that someone will re-post something that is hurtful, oppressive or downright untrue and may be harmful to others.  Adam P. Knave posted a great article about the dangers of spreading misinformation through social media last week and puts it more eloquently than I have here.   Recommended reading, indeed.

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As a sociologist with a great interest in popular culture, it's usually a lot of fun to Disney bash, what with the various Disney princesses and their tropes and unrealistic messages of storybook romance.  However, in watching an older DVD with my kids tonight, I was reminded that they're not all bad.  Disney, after all, also gave us Kim Possible which to date is one of my favorite female fictional character geared towards kids.  She's loyal, smart, ass-kicking and genuinely wants to help people.  And although Ron plays the mostly bumbling sidekick, he has his occasional moments of glory, and is secretly a highly-trained ninja, and is often the more zen of the two (except in the face of monkeys).  I love that they end up together without a lot of the typical nice-guy-pines-for-hot-girl-and-continuously-cajoles-her-into-seeing-what-a-great-catch-he-is-because-he's-so-nice storyline.  No, Ron values Kim's friendship and happiness overall (and vice-versa) and that desire to see her happy is his motivation. 

He's like the Ducky (from Pretty In Pink) of the coming generation, without getting fucked over for boring-as-drying-paint Andrew McCarthy.

Did I mention that the main villainess is pretty effin' cool as well?  Of the many cartoon villains I've seen in my time, Shego remains one of my favorite, with the best villainous one-liners - ("Pleased to beat you!").  She's kind of an interesting commentary on the glass ceiling and being taken less seriously in her field as a woman in spite of the fact that between her and Dr. Drakken she's clearly the brains AND the brawn of the operation, but is woefully under-acknowledged and mocked for being a mere sidekick.  I love when she gets to rule a particularly dystopian future in A Sitch In Time.

I will add that everytime I image search Kim Possible, some of the fan art never fails to destroy my soul, piece by piece.

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Based on this post, it has become clear to me that we have a need for a new genre of music which I have decided shall be called 'DoucheRock'.  Theory of a Dead Man is the latest to delve into the land of mysogynist arena rock, which frankly, hasn't been remotely cool since Axl started braiding his hair.  I'm not surprised when you consider how heavily they take their influence from Nickelback.  I'm glad I stopped listening to Rock Radio (ie Rock95, I'm looking at you) so I don't have to hear this kind of crap. And I thought Buckcherry's "Crazy Bitch" made my teeth itch.   *shudders*

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Lastly, I got a good giggle at this video posted at the Fuck Yeah CBC Tumblr.  My future husband, George Strombolopolous finds out the hard way that a) you don't fuck with Saskatchewan b) You definitely don't want to make 'flat' jokes and c) Word travels fast (and haphazardly) in the Canadian entertainment industry.  This clip was the intro for the 2007 Gemini awards.  It's got a lot of awesome cameos from Brent Butt and Eric Peterson of Corner Gas, the cast of Little Mosque on the Prairie, Sue Johansonn (aka Sunday Night Sex with Sue), Colin Mochrie, Rick Mercer and more.

11 comments:

  1. A true renaissance woman bouncing from Facebook dip-shittery, to cartoon feminist role models, to anti-feminist butt-rockers (sorry, there's already a name, it's "buttrock"), to Saskatchewanian pride. Well done. And you're right on all counts.

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  2. I saw that Facebook update from one of my nicer, but less intelligent friends. I disregarded it.

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  3. I hated Pretty in Pink. She just ends up like all the other shallow wankers, great message for the kids.

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  4. @pickelope - you leave the nicest comments lol

    @andy - Sadly, I've seen this update from a number of friends.

    @tony - yeah.. I hear that. I blame the decade, and the producers. It's pretty well known that the writers wanted Andi to end up with Ducky but higher-ups didn't feel that ending would go over well with audiences.

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  5. I'm starting to get pissed with all the FB changes. Actually, that's not true. I couldn't care less if they change the look. What pisses me off is that each time they change something, they add a new privacy setting that you have to go change again otherwise...blah blah blah. It's ridiculous on an epic scale. I'll turn the Timeline thing on through the developer setup tonight, and then spend two hours making sure all my shit's secure. Again.

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  6. Does this mean that Neiman Marcus isn't charging for their cookie recipes anymore?

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  7. That, and your cheque from Bill Gates is probably just lost in the mail.

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  8. Fuckin-A! I totally was the friend that this BS came from. I was the smart one that suggested snopes. Gawd I love that site. I am also appalled at this dumbass and the many others I have also commented on their statuses for the same reason. I took the time to tell every one of those idiots to fucking look shit up before they post it.

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  9. Holy crap! You're commenting here and not on the facebook page.. WHOA.. trippy. Now if only I could comment on your blog without creating an account...

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  10. This whole post is why I love you. Fantastic.

    And the video? Posted it on FB. :-) (I checked it out -- it's legit.)

    :-D

    Pearl

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  11. 1) facebook sucks

    2) Ron is better than Ducky because Ron gets to be a spy's sidekick. He's actually heroic. Ducky's just a doosh who doesn't get that Andie sees through him and over him. Then Ducky ends up playing second fiddle to Charlie Sheen later in life.

    3) facebook sucks

    Go Saskatachwan Rough Riders!

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