"Polls show that 92% of Afghans have never heard of 9/11. They are presently fighting a war with no history, and no future."
Wow. Just wow.
Really great blog, glad I followed over to have a root around.
This was a reason why I distrusted transhumanists. Now, I’m realizing, to my horror, that for some, the Singularity is here.
So, with all this discussion about how alienating comic book stores can be, here is a super anecdotal, but I think useful, list of ways stores can be more inclusive. Some of these can serve as signs of a welcoming environment for otherwise wary customers and others as advice for people who work behind the counter.
1. You’re a store, not a private club-house
This is one that boggles my mind the most about the gatekeeper culture. We’re businesses, we should be constantly working to expand our customer base. More customers means more business, and it’s not like we’re selling a high profit margin product.
2. Customers come first
When someone walks in the door, great them with a “Hello, how are you?” and some variation on “Let me know if you have any questions!” I can’t go 2 minutes in Best Buy without someone asking if they can help me find anything and comic book stores shouldn’t be any different.
3. Don’t assume why someone is there
Ask them what brought them in today. It’s a great way to start a conversation and makes it easier for you to help them find something to buy. The couple that just walked in, maybe the girl is introducing her boyfriend to comics for the first time. Maybe the guy in the Batman t-shirt has never read a comic book in his life and leaves happily with a subscription to Captain Marvel, Hawkeye and Young Avengers. (Both of these obviously are actual things that happened in my store)
4. If it’s popular online, it’s going to sell
Is a new comic generating a lot of buzz? Take a risk and buy some extra copies for the shelf and put it somewhere easy to spot. A recent example is Ms. Marvel. We bought nearly as many copies of it as our best-selling Marvel title and still sold out of it in the first two days.
5. Keep your store clean
There should not be so many people who feel the need to comment on how clean the store I work at is. This is kind of a Retail 101 thing. Once again, this isn’t your private space, make it welcoming.
6. Be willing to change
The comic book industry is (slowly) changing and stores shouldn’t have problems keeping up. There are comics to be found beyond the Big Two, with companies like Image and Boom are putting out new awesome and innovative books every month. If you walk into a store and you don’t see award winning (and lucrative) books like Saga on a recommendation rack, take that as a warning sign.
If you’re nervous, go with a friend. If you do/don’t feel welcome, make sure other people know using awesome resources like http://haterfreewednesdays.tumblr.com/. Comics should be for everyone!
- 1. selfie
- 2. what would you name your future kids?
- 3. do you miss anyone?
- 4. what are you looking forward to?
- 5. is there anyone who can always make you smile?
- 6. is it hard for you to get over someone?
- 7. what was your life like last year?
- 8. have you ever cried because you were so annoyed?
- 9. who did you last see in person?
- 10. are you good at hiding your feelings?
- 11. are you listening to music right now?
- 12. what is something you want right now?
- 13. how do you feel right now?
- 14. when was the last time someone of the opposite sex hugged you?
- 15. personality description
- 16. have you ever wanted to tell someone something but you didn't?
- 17. opinion on insecurities.
- 18. do you miss how thing were a year ago?
- 19. have you ever been to New York?
- 20. what is your favourite song at the moment?
- 21. age and birthday?
- 22. description of crush.
- 23. fear(s)
- 24. height
- 25. role model
- 26. idol(s)
- 27. things i hate
- 28. i'll love you if...
- 29. favourite film(s)
- 30. favourite tv show(s)
- 31. 3 random facts
- 32. are your friends mainly girls or guys?
- 33. something you want to learn
- 34. most embarrassing moment
- 35. favourite subject
- 36. 3 dreams you want to fulfill?
- 37. favourite actor/actress
- 38. favourite comedian(s)
- 39. favourite sport(s)
- 40. favourite memory
- 41. relationship status
- 42. favourite book(s)
- 43. favourite song ever
- 44. age you get mistaken for
- 45. how you found out about your idol
- 46. what my last text message says
- 47. turn ons
- 48. turn offs
- 49. where i want to be right now
- 50. favourite picture of your idol
- 51. starsign
- 52. something i'm talented at
- 53. 5 things that make me happy
- 54. something thats worrying me at the moment
- 55. tumblr friends
- 56. favourite food(s)
- 57. favourite animal(s)
- 58. description of my best friend
- 59. why i joined tumblr
- 60. ask me anything you want
- Parent to child at the library: Shhh...remember what we said about being loud in the library?
- Child: We'll wake up the books.
- Parent: That's right.
as my understanding has it, i make no assumption that my understanding or my experiences or anything of the sort are universal, “trolling” in a traditional sense mostly refers to people making bad faith arguments, often with the desire of eliciting a certain reaction. often times, of course, the purpose of such arguments was solely to annoy someone, but on rare occassions it could be used to expose some sort of flaw in an argument or viewpoint
more recently, however, the working definition of “trolling” has come to include things like harrassment and death threats and other such behavior. the purpose thereof, as i can tell, is to diminish the seriousness of such acts by equating them with a rather “juveline” contrariness and reducing a desire to threaten and intimidate simply to a desire to annoy. this of course serves to reinforce the power of dominant groups by letting them write off their acts of enforcing their own positions of power and privilege, through such acts as harassment and threats, as mere acts of “trolling”. the redefinition of “trolling” then serves to diminish the severity of acts committed in the defense of power
there is another redefinition of “trolling”, however, that is in action and it, fundamentally, serves the same purpose albeit in a different, and seemingly contradictory, way. this is the act of journalists and other people who have public platforms to characterize any sort of criticism of them as an act of “trolling”. see someone like jeremy scahill characterizing anyone who dares to criticize him as a “troll” (https://twitter.com/jeremyscahill/statuses/402543084481044480). this is how the journalist, and really it is not limited to them it comes from anyone who is in a position of power, uses the label of “troll” to dismiss any criticism without ever having to address it or acknowledge any merits that it may or may not have. in this case, as in the other, the conflation of “trolling” with harassment and abuse serves the interests of power, although for seemingly different reasons. in this case, it is not to diminish actual abuse, in this case it is to simultaneously dismiss legitimate criticism by not only framing it as a bad faith argument (the “traditional” definition of trolling, as such) but to also implicitly connect the act of criticism with abuse and harassment. in this sense, the idea of invoking “trolling” is not to diminish abuse but to amplify or manufacture it.
the conflation of “trolling” with abuse and harassment, then, not only serves the interests of those who are able to commit abuse relatively freely (by allowing them to dismiss the seriousness of what they do) but also those who seek to characterize any legitimate criticism as abuse (by allowing them to invoke the manufactured association between “trolling” and abuse). this conflation functions in diminishing abuse but also, due to conflating abuse with “trolling” as in the traditional sense as put forth, associates any sort of criticism, with the bad faith accusations involved with “traditional” trolling taken into account, with harassment and abuse, therefore making anyone who dares speak out against anyone who has a public platform inherently abusive
we then arrive at a point where the conflation of “trolling” with harassment serves the interests of power in multiple, seemingly contradictory ways. on one hand, it allows those in positions of power to diminish their own abuse and harassment as mere acts of “trolling” but on the other hand it perverts the legitimate criticisms of those in power by associating them with “trolling”, and in turn, with the very harassment and abuse that power seeks to diminish
Ash has met a Zorua for the first time.
"Isn’t Zorua a really rare Pokémon?" asks Iris.
Cilan confirms this. “This is the first time I’ve ever seen one.”
You don’t know that, Cilan. Maybe everything you’ve ever seen is a Zorua.