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Vaguely fannish stuff in a pile. Funtimes. September 3, 2010

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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The history of the word “pundit”. Turns out nobody knows exactly where it came from.

Jane Austen’s Fight Club (video). Enough zombies; let’s have some more of this stuff.

The U.S. Copyright Office cites fanvids in recommending exemptions to the DMCA. Go fandom!

A rundown of recent top sci-fi films, stacked up against the Bechdel Test. The results are pretty miserable. Come on, sci-fi, get it together! Remember when you got the first interracial kiss on television? We can’t possibly have slid so far backwards that it’s impossible to make awesome films in which there are enough female characters to have a decent conversation between them.

Lady Gaga Kidnaps Commissioner Gordon. I gotta say, there were definitely a couple of cosplayers at Otakon who gave me pause, wondering if they were supposed to be Gaga or Catwoman.

Visual language of manga versus Western comics. Nothing too groundbreaking, but there are nice demonstrations.

I voted in the poll for these lovelies: Barbie’s 125th and 126th careers: Geek Computer Engineer Barbie and Pundit News Anchor Barbie.

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1. seagullsong - September 4, 2010

Point of order- the first interracial kiss on (United States) television was definitely not Kirk and Uhura in Plato’s Stepchildren, which I think is what you’re talking about. It’s just that previous kisses slid under America’s radar for various reasons. I think the (official) first interracial kiss on tv was on a British medical soap. In America, ‘I Love Lucy’ sometimes gets a technical pass for the first kiss because of Desi Arnaz (Ricky Ricardo) being Hispanic, even though white/white-appearing Cuban-American was pretty tame. Other kisses have possible claims to the title, including a few with Asian/White actors. ‘The Little Rascals’ had a few innocent kisses between a little black boy and little white girl. Also, Sammy Davis Jr. and Nancy Sinatra greeted each other with a kiss on television a year before the Star Trek episode aired. Not that it wasn’t still majorly controversial, but it wasn’t quite “the first”, either.

*steps off of buzz-killing nerd soapbox*

Erin Ptah - September 4, 2010

Really? Ffff, there goes one of my glory-of-the-geek-world moments.

Thanks for the history, though!

seagullsong - October 9, 2010

Ha, no problem. I told that story for three years before I actually bothered to look it up and discovered that it wasn’t quite true. You know what? We need a Snopes app installed in our brains.


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