What do we do about “bad” art? Argue about it on Twitter, mostly. This episode, Elizabeth and Karen step into a space of nuance in an attempt to understand shipping wars, extreme fandom behaviour, and the value of uncomfortable art.
Here are some of the things we mentioned in this episode:
- Susan Sontag’s Notes On “Camp”
- Or a six-minute explainer if you don’t have the time
- The shortcomings of CinemaSins
- The even-shorter-comings of Nostalgia Critic
- About KiwiFarms, one of the most unpleasant sites on the surface web
- Interview with the creator of Leave Britney Alone
- A case study for toxic anti-fandom behaviour: gamergate
- Callback to a long-ago episode where we talked about shipping
- A look at both sides of the shipping war
- And a look at the history of purity culture in fandom
- Twitter thread on disinterpretation
- And a video on Ship of Theseus
- The history of the “touch grass” meme
- Tennessee school board bans Holocaust comic 'Maus' by Art Spiegelman
- A more sympathetic analysis of Why the Curtains are Blue
Fortunately, we have entered a boom period for criticism online. Here are five excellent videos expanding on what we discussed this episode.
- we need to talk about Call Me By Your Name by Lola Sebastian
- Should you let Gen Z "save us"? Youth Liberation explained by Khadija Mbowe and Saint Andrewism
- Ignorance & Censorship by Philosophy Tube
- Outsiders: How To Adapt H.P. Lovecraft In the 21st Century by hbomberguy
- Who’s Afraid of Modern Art: Vandalism, Video Games, and Fascism by Jacob Geller
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What is That's a Thing?!?
A sometimes belated, already outdated guide to your teens, tweens and everything under 20. In each episode, Elizabeth, a teenager, explains a thing to Karen, her mother. And Karen tells Elizabeth how that thing relates to something she knows. Maybe.