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Friday, July 12, 2013

Mike Williamson and Larry Correia weigh in

Standout Author Michael Z. Williamson and I don't exactly see eye-to-eye on everything, but he's written a very good post on his experience with SFWA.  He, too, has had a run-in with The Puppinette:
Mary Robinette Kowal, self-described professional puppeteer and part time writer, is very upset with some of the drama going on in SFWA at present.  I sympathize with the aggravation.  I spent years in SFWA, and stopped renewing, because of the endless drama and little accomplishment. She's very unhappy with several members over their politics, which is an inevitability of an organization....

Will Shetterly ‏@WillShetterly 4 Jul
@schanoes @sinboy @MaryRobinette The rest of us believe diversity should be more than skin deep.

Michael Z Williamson ‏@mzmadmike 4 Jul
@WillShetterly @schanoes @sinboy @MaryRobinette And once again, SFWA demonstrates why I let my membership lapse.

Mary Robinette Kowal ‏@MaryRobinette 4 Jul
@mzmadmike @schanoes @sinboy What? Because of someone like @WillShetterly, who isn't even a member?

Michael Z Williamson ‏@mzmadmike 4 Jul
@MaryRobinette @schanoes @sinboy @WillShetterly No, because of those who are members. Didn't you just say as much?

Mary Robinette Kowal ‏@MaryRobinette 4 Jul
@mzmadmike @schanoes @sinboy Oh... so you're agreeing with @WillShetterly. That's all right then. I'm glad you're not a member.

Michael Z Williamson ‏@mzmadmike 4 Jul
@MaryRobinette @schanoes @sinboy @WillShetterly Yup. It would be terrible to have dissenting members. Even if they agree with you.

Michael Z Williamson ‏@mzmadmike 4 Jul
@MaryRobinette @schanoes @sinboy @WillShetterly What exactly has SFWA accomplished in the last decade? Other than internet bitch fights?

She's glad I'm not a member.  And that Will is not.... So it's pretty damned conceited for a part time writer to look at senior full timers and say, "You shouldn't belong." 
Meanwhile, my courageous fellow SF/F Writer of Color Larry Correia - stay strong, mi compañero (raises fist) - explains why he never joined SFWA in the first place:
A couple of years ago a SFWA officer asked me to join. I asked what was in it for me. Basically, nothing. However, she pointed out that I would be able to help new authors, and because I’m pretty successful it would give SFWA added credibility… The thing is, I help new authors now, and I can do that without giving anything related to John Scalzi any extra credibility.

For the record, his bullshit about racial difficulty settings was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. The real racists are the ones that believe America has a caste system. The real racists are the ones who believe people of certain skin tones are unable to make it in life unless the government is there to save them. Why the hell would I want to give that added credibility?

President Scalzi, who is a white suburbanite liberal and thus an expert on racial issues and “priviledge”, is super awesome at finding controversial issues to milk for publicity for name recognition so he can sell more books, (hey, I’m a master of controversy generated traffic, I can recognize it when I see it) runs an organization that doesn’t really do much to help its members sell books. And sometimes, SFWA is even good at helping its members do things which help them sell fewer books.

The really funny part is that an organization of SCIENCE FICTION writers has yet to really understand the concept of “internets” and the super crazy idea that you can even sell books over this internets thing! And because of that, some writers are making buckets of money more than their traditional counterparts, but even the ones that are selling tens of thousands of books aren’t “real” writers. They don’t qualify. Somebody that sold a short story to a magazine 30 years ago totally qualifies as a real writer.

Which is sort of backwards, but what do I know? I grew up without “priviledge” on a higher difficulty setting, so maybe all of these big words are just confusing me.
Do you know what would be more entertaining than all the novels published by all the SFWA authors in the last five years combined?  If, instead of internet bitch fights, there was an actual Monster Hunter-style civil war between the mavericks and the SFWA members in good standing.  They might have the numbers, but I'd bet Larry alone has them outgunned.

Meanwhile, @aaronpound is simply incorrect.  I have absolutely nothing to do with @SFWAfascists.  Didn't create it, didn't conceive of it, didn't have anything to do with it.  But it hasn't escaped my attention that @SFWAfascists does tend to explode the absurd idea that @sfwaauthors is an official SFWA channel by virtue of four letters in the Twitter account name.

Aaron Pound ‏@AaronPound
The most hilarious thing about @SFWA_fascists is that it is so clearly the creation of @voxday.

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69 Comments:

Anonymous Joshi July 12, 2013 1:02 PM  

Monster Hunter vs Vampire Larper.

Anonymous TJIC July 12, 2013 1:04 PM  

I'd bet Larry alone has them outgunned.

Hell, I bet Larry in beserker melee mode would cream 100 of them in a row before stopping to take a breather.

Anonymous Josh July 12, 2013 1:18 PM  

my courageous fellow SF/F Writer of Color Larry Correia - stay strong,mi compañero (raises fist)

Gay

Anonymous Writers Trembling In Fear July 12, 2013 1:23 PM  

OMG Threats of violence, threats of violence!

Anonymous Josh July 12, 2013 1:26 PM  

Violent mischief!

Anonymous Speaker-To-SFWAs July 12, 2013 1:27 PM  

OMG Threats of violence, threats of violence!

"Quick, just like we rehearsed it! Everyone run and hide behind Ann Aguirre!"

Anonymous Salt July 12, 2013 1:33 PM  

This is all just a Science Fiction, Double Feature, courtesy of the SFWA.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope July 12, 2013 1:34 PM  

I'll have to check Larry's writing out. If he writes that well in a short opinion piece, perhaps his larger works are good too...

His sarcasm reminds me a little of....Vox Day's!

By the way, is the puppet thing a joke? Did someone see "Being John Malkovic" and decide that they wanted to be a professional loser like in that movie?

Blogger Revelation Means Hope July 12, 2013 1:38 PM  

I write, produce, direct, and usually narrate a puppet show for the children every year at our church christmas program.

Very popular, with the adults even more than the children.

It isn't hard to put together a decent show. Is there really a need for professionals? I would say at most 12 hours work total for a 15 minute show.

While in Salzburg, we went to see a professional puppet production of a Mozart opera. It was very, very good. But I can't imagine bragging about it as a career.

Anonymous Anonymous July 12, 2013 1:39 PM  

Funny, I'm reading Larry's 'Monster Hunter International' right now. Very entertaining and fun book that doesn't take itself too seriously, unlike a lot of the drivel that passes for SF/F these days.

Anonymous Loki Sjalfsainn July 12, 2013 1:40 PM  

Did someone say "violent mischief"?

...Ah, damn me, you are such little teases. Pity.

Blogger BigFire July 12, 2013 1:40 PM  

re: JCclimber

Start with Monster Hunter International. Please note, it's written for gun nuts, so if you're uncomfortable with 2 pages worth of gun porn description of an automatic shotgun, this is not for you.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope July 12, 2013 1:41 PM  

So funny how the rabbits hate the word "fascist" being applied to themselves as a label. Because of the sadly mistaken belief that the Nazi regime was fascist rather than socialist.

Keep the heat on them. Also interesting that the word is getting out there that the progressives are both fascist and socialist, rather than conservatives being the default recipients of that label.

Anonymous Josh July 12, 2013 1:44 PM  

Please note, it's written for gun nuts, so if you're uncomfortable with 2 pages worth of gun porn description of an automatic shotgun, this is not for you.

Um...this is the ilk...I think we're all okay with it...

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 1:48 PM  

Speaking of Larry's blog...

Google this for a good time:

site:larrycorreia.wordpress.com and Phoenician

You'll see "Phoenician in the Time of Romans" (aka Scott Lynch) has been trolling Larry Correia since at least 2007.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 2:00 PM  

The Monster Hunter books... are so freaking fun. And not just because they are about a bunch of badass gun nut anti-establishment libertarians from Southern Alabama.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope July 12, 2013 2:01 PM  

It wouldn't be uncomfortable, but it might get boring after 1 page.

Even David Drake's description of the plasma gun super tanks in "The Tank Lords" doesn't run 2 whole pages.

But if it is well-incorporated into the backstory, or is woven into the plot, it would be good to read.

Guns and the hotness of women are never off topic on this blog. Notice I didn't say boobs, 'cause I'm a fan of the booty and not the boobies. YMMV.

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 2:03 PM  

Then again, it's possible Phoenician is NOT the same guy as Lynch (see blog below)

http://walkingwithghosts.blogspot.com/

Anonymous Speaker-To-SFWAs July 12, 2013 2:03 PM  

You'll see "Phoenician in the Time of Romans" (aka Scott Lynch) has been trolling Larry Correia since at least 2007.

One of us really ought to let Larry know that he's being trolled (ineptly) by a SFWA member in good standing, and a purported fellow "professional."

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian July 12, 2013 2:04 PM  

All I have to say is SHARKNADO.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 2:08 PM  

AKM... I don't get it.

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 2:12 PM  

Nate,

See this blogger profile for "Phoenician in a time of Romans"

http://www.blogger.com/profile/03288267792504016349

Then see this guy's blog:

http://walkingwithghosts.blogspot.com/

Same guy as Lynch?

Looking doubtful. Of course, maybe Lynch also uses the handle "Phoenician" ...

Anonymous Stilicho July 12, 2013 2:22 PM  

The Monster Hunter books... are so freaking fun. And not just because they are about a bunch of badass gun nut anti-establishment libertarians from Southern Alabama.

Personally, I find it vastly amusing that those books include an Alabaman named Nate who is... a Glock fanboi.

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian July 12, 2013 2:24 PM  

Nate who is... a Glock fanboi.

Nate just hasn't come out of the closet...yet.

Anonymous Noah B. July 12, 2013 2:30 PM  

"Personally, I find it vastly amusing that those books include an Alabaman named Nate who is... a Glock fanboi."

Hey, a Glock is a great gun if it fits your hand well. But if it don't, there ain't no fixing it.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 2:37 PM  

"Hey, a Glock is a great gun if it fits your hand well. But if it don't, there ain't no fixing it."

no amount of hand fit is gonna magically make that chamber fully supported.

Anonymous Noah B. July 12, 2013 2:37 PM  

Sounds like the same guy to me, AKM.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 2:37 PM  

"Same guy as Lynch? "

I see no reason to conclude that this wouldn't be the same guy.

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 2:41 PM  

Lynch is a librarian in New Zealand?

http://walkingwithghosts.blogspot.com/2006/11/dykes-to-look-out-for.html

Hmm...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Lynch

Anonymous Noah B. July 12, 2013 2:43 PM  

"no amount of hand fit is gonna magically make that chamber fully supported."

I guess that's part of why they're not rated for +P ammo, which certainly isn't ideal, but the reliability is second to none.

Anonymous 43rd Virginia Calalry July 12, 2013 2:48 PM  

"maybe all of these big words are just confusing me".

May I nominate this for quote of the month ?

Anonymous WaterBoy July 12, 2013 2:50 PM  

AKM: "Then again, it's possible Phoenician is NOT the same guy as Lynch (see blog below)

http://walkingwithghosts.blogspot.com/
"


Not the same Phoenician, it would seem:

NZ Librarian on Economics:

"I'm almost economically illiterate."

Dipshit Phoenician on Economics*:

"That’s what happens when you know only a little bit of theory. The “inflation” idea is predicated on a demand-supply model which rests on the assumption that supply is fixed. In the current circumstances, it is not – you may have noticed a recession going on.

Further, the Federal Reserves flow of funds data shows a huge decrease in bank lending last quarter. America would be in the throes of a serious deflationary crisis right now except for… government borrowing and spending.

Let me stress that again:

i, Empirical data shows no sign of inflationary worries.

ii, Empirical data shows that government borrowing and spending is keeping teh US economy out of a deflationary spiral due to bank contraction.
"

* I leave it to the readers to decided if Dipshit Phoenician is economically illiterate or not...but at least he doesn't claim to be, as the other one did.

Plus, you know, the NZ Librarian not once used "dipshit" on his blog....

Blogger John Williams July 12, 2013 2:55 PM  

BigFire, with that description you just sold a book.

Anonymous Writers Gawking At VD July 12, 2013 2:56 PM  

"the absurd idea that @sfwaauthors is an official SFWA channel by virtue of four letters in the Twitter account name."

Mr. Vox Day...Come on now, you really should have a better understanding of social media by this point in your career.

@sfwaauthors is controlled by, registered by, administered by may not be used by anyone other than the SFWA. That indeed makes it an official SFWA channel in the same way that @nra or @ronpaul is an official channel of the National Riffle Association and the Ron Paul Campaign.

I've wondered if you are going to place any importance on an argument that @SFWAAuthors is not an official channel of SFWA. If it is not, one wonders, who controls this twitter feed.

Anonymous allyn71 July 12, 2013 2:57 PM  

Vox has been pretty clear that Lynch is Phoenician and that he as more than adequate proof. Somewhere in all these threads I believe he made a comment about IP addresses.

Until Phoenician shows up and says otherwise I am going with Salt and Vox on this one.

Anonymous Morgoth July 12, 2013 3:00 PM  

Actually AKM, the old Phoenician blog you refer to is/was a New Zealander who writes in British English. The commenter here writes in American English, see his comment in this thread:

http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2013/02/economics-and-fate-of-feminism.html

where he spells 'labour' as 'labor'.

Just a thought...

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 3:03 PM  

"Not the same Phoenician, it would seem"

It could be there are two guys using the handle "Phoenician" -- the NZ guy and Scott Lynch.

Or it's not Scott Lynch at all.

I think based on this, Vox really needs to prove his accusation about Lynch better -- or retract his claim.

(Don't misunderstand. I say this as a diehard Vox supporter. I really hopes "Phoenician" is a SFWA author -- it's gold for Vox's case. But if Vox blundered... and "Phoenician" is not Lynch... it's more ammunition for the rabbits.)

Anonymous Noah B. July 12, 2013 3:10 PM  

Is "Phoenician In A Time Of Romans" a literary reference? I haven't been able to find such a reference anywhere, and if it is not a literary reference, it seems improbably that there would be two people saying such similar things, with similar writing styles, using the same handle.

Web traffic logs could help sort this out, if they're available.

Anonymous Dr. Kenneth Noisewater July 12, 2013 3:16 PM  

I guess that's part of why they're not rated for +P ammo, which certainly isn't ideal, but the reliability is second to none.

Since when? I've put a few boxes of 115gr +P+ Gold Dot thru my G19 to no ill effect. Google says it's fine.

My Kahr K9 isn't rated for it though, so it has 124gr GD.

(My CZ-97B has Golden Saber 185gr +P, shoots fine but I don't get to shoot it all that much due to Obammo..)

Anonymous VD July 12, 2013 3:19 PM  

@sfwaauthors is controlled by, registered by, administered by may not be used by anyone other than the SFWA. That indeed makes it an official SFWA channel in the same way that @nra or @ronpaul is an official channel of the National Riffle Association and the Ron Paul Campaign.

It does nothing of the sort. Read the Twitter Terms of Service. It is merely a Twitter account that SFWA is permitted to use which no more makes it an official SFWA channel than the trunk lines used by them. Furthermore, SFWA specifically disclaimed all responsibility for it.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 3:25 PM  

'Since when? I've put a few boxes of 115gr +P+ Gold Dot thru my G19 to no ill effect. Google says it's fine.'

The g-19 is a 9mm and therefore has a fully supported chamber. The glock .40s do not.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 3:27 PM  

"
Plus, you know, the NZ Librarian not once used "dipshit" on his blog...."

Fair enough. None of this means that our phoney isn't Scott Lynch though.

And we still now know that Scott Lynch is a vampire larper. So all of this is pure gold.

Anonymous VD July 12, 2013 3:28 PM  

Looking doubtful. Of course, maybe Lynch also uses the handle "Phoenician" ...

It's not doubtful. I checked out that blog before I posted anything. Nothing about Scalzi. Nothing about "dipshits". And does this sound like our Phoenician? "I don't want to use the "f" word".

Anonymous WaterBoy July 12, 2013 3:29 PM  

Wow. On looking into it further, maybe they are the same (at least the one on Scalzi's blog):

Scalzi Phoenician:

"A caveat here – I’m a librarian"

and:

"If you’re going through the Wairarapa in New Zealand, Greytown has a lovely one in a converted building, with an open hall framed by a timber deck on the first floor. The smallest one I’ve seen is in Foxton, barely more than a room, and Palmerston North’s is a bit of a mess with too much in one place (admittedly, I haven’t had a chance to really get a feel for it in action, so it may work better than I think). The Wellington Public Library is big, but a bit sterile (except for the neat childrens’ section), and I think the Lower Hutt War Memorial Library is probably my favourite."

It still remains to be seen if the Phoenician here is the same as the one at Whatever, though. I think the initial evaluation was that they are.

Anonymous Noah B. July 12, 2013 3:32 PM  

"Since when? I've put a few boxes of 115gr +P+ Gold Dot thru my G19 to no ill effect. Google says it's fine."

Glock is a bit more reserved in their recommendation.

From their website:
Glock suggests using ammunition that is manufactured and meets SAAMI or industry specifications. If you are not sure the ammunition brand or type you choose is safe for use, call the ammunition manufacturer and ask if the product meets SAAMI guidelines before using it in you firearm. Some +P ammunition meets these guidelines, +P+ normally does not. This ammunition may generate a higher pressure over the standard loadings, and may shorten the component life of your firearm.

I thought their position was basically "don't do it" but it looks like that's not quite right either.

Anonymous AKM July 12, 2013 3:39 PM  

Vox: Are there two different "Phoenicians" then? A NZ librarian and Scott Lynch. Both are aspie-athiest-assholes and hate you? Geeze, confusing.

Anonymous DrTorch July 12, 2013 3:43 PM  

Vampire graves discovered in Poland!

http://news.yahoo.com/vampire-graves-uncovered-poland-181147837.html

That's going to change this week's larping.

Anonymous Salt July 12, 2013 3:56 PM  

Phoenician in a Time of Romans evidently had contributions at Pandagon... content is no longer available.


Your government, ladies and gentlemen *

www.pandagon.net/ index.php/ site/ comments/ your_government_ladies_and_gentlemen/ - Proxy - Highlight

Phoenician in a Time of Romans’ sexual technique. everything the Democrats ... Comment #4: Phoenician in a time of Romans on 05/25 at 09:49 PM ... Comment #8: Phoenician in a time of Romans on 05/26 at 12:19 AM



Blogger Pulp Herb July 12, 2013 3:58 PM  

One thing this had done, I just ordered Freehold and Monster Hunters International. I wanted to support both authors as I did with Resnick and Malzberg.

This is good as I'd been looking for new science fiction writers to read.

Anonymous Dr. Kenneth Noisewater July 12, 2013 4:32 PM  

The g-19 is a 9mm and therefore has a fully supported chamber. The glock .40s do not.

Fair 'nuff.. The 10mm doesn't support +p either, and AFAIK it doesn't even exist in that caliber (at least as far as exceeding SAAMI standards). It might be a nice gift to yourself to pick up a Lone Wolf replacement barrel since they do support +P in .40S&W.

(Me, I reckon if I'm raiding a JBT depot they'll have plenty of 9mm and maybe some .45ACP :p)

Anonymous TJIC July 12, 2013 4:38 PM  

@JCclimber:

I'll have to check Larry's writing out. If he writes that well in a short opinion piece, perhaps his larger works are good too...

Larry's writing is a ton of fun. It tends to be linear narrative, first person point of view, and I think that's a genius choice for him: Larry has a really big, really fun personality, and his writing style lets him put that on the page. His characters are charasmatic and fun.

I really like other styles as well (e.g. the Neal Stephenson-esque somewhat more cerebral / cool / distant approach ), but each delivers something that the other doesn't.

Anonymous EVG July 12, 2013 4:55 PM  

@RedheadMagazine 3:47pm

"Scigentasy | A progressive science fiction and fantasy magazine with an emphasis on gender stories." ( bit.ly/1azQf3k )


I pointed and laughed.

Anonymous Mr. Nightstick July 12, 2013 5:12 PM  

Vox is a Mexican/Puerto Rican, that explains so much.

Anonymous Josh July 12, 2013 5:15 PM  

Y'all...

Monster Hunter International is freaking awesome.

Go read it.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 5:45 PM  

They are all just as good.

Oh... and there is even a book set in michigan hell... in a small town full of badass finns.

How ya like that Marrku?

Anonymous FP July 12, 2013 8:14 PM  

Uh oh, a thread full of violent right wing rhetoric. Run away!

Anonymous Anonymous July 12, 2013 9:50 PM  

Lord have mercy, Vox ... looking at a list of these assclowns I can't find but a scarce couple handfuls of names I actually recognize or have read; and my library of science fiction and fantasy is pretty damn impressive, even by the standards of the county public library. This caterwauling from these cretins reminds me of a high school dungeons and dragons club who had a vicious running argument of whether trolls had nuts for the purposes of a called shot.

(Even have "The War In Heaven" in paperback from way back in the day. Heh.)

Why do you even bother with these 'tards? Principle? Or bored?

Anonymous jack July 12, 2013 10:54 PM  

I've been trying to figure out what is the first in the Monster Hunter series. Anyone one know the first several in order?
You would think Amazon could detail this but darned if I could find it.

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 11:28 PM  

Monster Hunter International is the first.

Blogger Midknight July 12, 2013 11:35 PM  

Then vendetta, then alpha, then legion.

Alpha is up in the north and centers on Harbinger, the werewolf. Legion is in vegas and includes a few people added in Alpha.

Blogger Midknight July 12, 2013 11:39 PM  

Also - "The Monster Hunters" is apparently an omnibus that includes the first three books (International-Vendetta-Alpha)

Blogger Nate July 12, 2013 11:52 PM  

"Alpha is up in the north and centers on Harbinger, the werewolf. Legion is in vegas and includes a few people added in Alpha."

Dammit he hasn't read any of them. Don't be giving shit away

Anonymous jack July 13, 2013 12:02 AM  

Thanks Guys for the heads up on the Monster series; looking forward to them..

Blogger BigFire July 13, 2013 12:20 AM  

If you're curious, you can pick up The Monster Hunters, which encompasses the first 3 novels. It's easy enough in electronic format.

Anonymous Writers Gawking At Vox and his lawyers July 13, 2013 2:33 AM  

"It does nothing of the sort. Read the Twitter Terms of Service. It is merely a Twitter account that SFWA is permitted to use which no more makes it an official SFWA channel than the trunk lines used by them. Furthermore, SFWA specifically disclaimed all responsibility for it."

Mr. Day...I want to be somewhat careful how I say this only because unlike most of what is written here and unlike most all of my comments, what follows might have the tiniest of consequences for someone. Namely you.

First, simply because someone disclaims responsibility for something, that does not mean that their responsibility is relinquished. Disclaiming responsibility is not a magic legal move.

If, for example, on the @SFWAauthors twitter feed a tweet goes out that says VD is a pedophile and that he used to take children from the play ground to bugger them behind a Minnesota bar room, you might decide to sue for libel. Who would you sue. A good lawyer would properly tell you to sue the author of the tweet as well as the person responsible for allowing the tweet to be sent. In this case that would be the author as well as the folks that control the SFWAauthors twitter account.

But wait, SFWA says they are not responsible for the feed. Then the lawyer says, "Really? Has the SFWA ever deleted a tweet from the feed"? Yes, is the response. Then the lawyer asks, has anyone else ever deleted a tweet besides SFWA?" No. Assuming the claim against you is false and assuming the tweeter knew it was false, the only question then is how much money you and your lawyer would get in the settlement.

Let me put this another way. I believe you mentioned you are working with lawyers on this little Quixotic adventure of yours regarding the SFWA. If your lawyer has advised you that the SFWA is NOT responsible for the twitter feed, then you need to fire that lawyer.

Additionally, if your lawyers have told you that the SFWAAuthors twitter feed is not an official channel of the SFWA, then you have another reason to fire them. Lose interest immediately in the idea of what is an "OFFICIAL" anything. That word means nothing. What's important is who controls something. The car I lease is not officially mine. However, I am the only one in control of it. I am responsible for what happens to that car, not the lease holder.

The Minneapolis Star Tribute is the "Channel". Despite the fact they an employee of the ST may not have written a libelous op-ed piece, the ST is responsible for it because they published it.

The same is true of the SFWAauthors twitter feed, assuming that the SFWA is the only entity able to control what does or does not ultimately go out over the feed.

Is that the case?

Anonymous Hermit July 13, 2013 3:38 AM  

I may be a bit tipsy, but the whole "white males are playing on easy mode" is coming from someone who has never actually played video games. To me, being a white male is more like leveling up: Yes,your skills are better, but the enemies are more difficult. The net effect is actually to be *more* challenging. Feel free to correct me.

Anonymous WaterBoy July 13, 2013 4:34 AM  

Hermit: "To me, being a white male is more like leveling up: Yes,your skills are better, but the enemies are more difficult."

I believe the reasoning would then go, "but minorities are restricted from leveling up, but still face more difficult enemies", or something like that.

Anything you can propose to offset "white male privelege" will be countered. That's how it works when you begin with such assumptions.

Blogger whitetower July 14, 2013 2:05 AM  

I just took a look at his blog posts on mandating harassment rules for SF/F conventions.

John Scalzi is a definitely a beta male.

Blogger whitetower July 14, 2013 2:10 AM  

Correction: the blog was themarysue, which referenced Scalzi's blog. Themarysue is some sort of touchy-feeling wymyn's SF/F blog. They love him there.

So, even worse. He's an omega male.

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