So then why are there so many attempts to regulate it? Under the guises of piracy, privacy, pornography, predators, indecency, and security, not to mention censorship, tyranny, and civilization, governments from the U.S. to France to Germany to China to Iran to Canada — as well as the European Union and the United Nations — are trying to exert control over the internet.
Why? Is it not working? Is it presenting some new danger to society? Is it fundamentally operating any differently today than it was five or ten years ago? No, no, and no.
So why are governments so eager to claim authority over it? Why would legacy corporations, industries, and institutions egg them on? Because the net is working better than ever. Because they finally recognize how powerful it is and how disruptive it is to their power.
“Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.”—The Boy Who Lived Forever | Time Magazine (via gypsy-sunday)
because I fucking love Keladry of Mindelan and how very real Tamora Pierce made her.
She’s covered with scars and calluses from training and battles
She gets blistered, bruised, sore, sweaty and dirty
She’s thickly muscled from years of grueling physical training
She has a god damn practical hair cut
Every single quality she has is the product of years of training. This includes her fighting skills, but also her chivalry, self-control and determination.
She encounters sexism and tells it to go fuck itself
She makes decisions about her own sexuality
She’s girly when she wants to be, because there’s nothing wrong with liking pretty dresses
She’s a god damn hardened warrior and the only thing delicate about her appearance is her cute little nose.
Unfortunately it’d be difficult to start in this series just because of backstory… Sooo we’d probs have to start with Alanna….
But YES. DO WANT. SO MUCH WANT.
I actually read Kel’s books first because they were the ones my sister shoved into my hands first, and it worked pretty well for me. Tamora Pierce does an excellent job of building on the previous stories without forcing you to know everything that happened; I think audiences could just be dropped into a world of lady knights and immortals without needing to know everything about Alanna and the Immortals War.
Then again I have huge gigantic blinding favoritism when it comes to Kel, so I could be wrong about all that ;D.
“I told Matt, I said, ‘God must have been in the greatest mood in the history of being God. Which is infinite by the way people, he’s God. And just, what ever day that was he’s just like, “I feel great! I’m going to make Matthew Bomer. And he’s gonna be a model-slash-actor.”’ And he’s a great guy.”—Zachary Levi on Matt Bomer (via aziraphalecrowley)
THAT’S LIKE GOING TO THE SUPERMARKET AND SEEING YOUR FAVORITE AISLE OF JUICE, THEN ON ONE OF THE BOTTLES THE PRICE TAG SAYS “THIS IS THE WORST JUICE IN THE WORLD, IT HAS NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND IT’S A WHORE.”