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Death of the Emperor.

Warhammer 40k is so very close to how fascists see the world. They are beset on all sides by degeneracy threatening to choke out their way of life, and an ever-present foreign (re: xenos) menace seeking to take all they have from them. In their minds, authoritarianism is the only means of survival in this grim dark future. The portrayal of genocidal imperialists as heroes, particularly in this day and age is irresponsible, and personally overshadows much of the fun that I could be having with this franchise.

It’s getting a lot harder to love 40k, especially when the franchise continues to lovingly portray fascists as good men, demonizes queer people, and repeats xenophobic talking points as if they were actually worth considering. I can’t blame Trump supporters for photoshopping their beloved leader’s head onto that of the Emperor. That’s the world they want to create.

DorianDawes on the problems with 40k.

As someone who came to 40k quite recently, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. But… yeah. This article, basically.

2019-01-09T09:08:31+10:0028th May, 2019|Tags: gaming, pop culture|

Not the man now.

Speaking of Ye Historye of Ye Internete… whatever happened to You’re the Man Now, Dog?

I still unironically love the YTMND format—it’s pretty much the distilled essence of neo-dada—and its ignominious demise is a lesson in the damage the follows in the wake of libertarian-style un-moderated “social media-ification”…

2018-12-03T09:53:04+10:0024th April, 2019|Tags: internet, meme, pop culture, tech|

A history of the internet, in 100 sites.

How we got to where we are, from goatse to Club Penguin.

(This is, unsurprisingly, a very US-/English-language-focused list, so… commence arguments about the rankings, I guess.)

2018-12-03T09:18:49+10:0023rd April, 2019|Tags: internet, pop culture, tech|

If by “prisons” you mean “Hell.”

I mean, on the one hand. I don’t disagree with this analysis of either The Good Place or the broader critique of the purpose of prisons.

But, like. On the other hand? How do you write like an entire article about this subject without once mentioning that the modern Western concept of punitive incarceration is pretty much drawn directly from Christian notions of Hell and eternal damnation? I mean, it’s literally the show’s set-up and its central conceit, as well as being very, very specifically Christian. Islam has a similar concept of Hell, and Judaism… sort of does, although its logistics are far more vague.1 Meanwhile, versions of Hell exist in Hinduism and Buddhism—as well as the various traditions influenced by both—but are usually more like a place of tribulation where a soul can “work off” its karmic debt with a little light oil boiling before being reborn into its next life. If you’re thinking, “Hm… that sounds an awful lot like the point of s2 and s3 of The Good Place…” then, yes! Which honestly is one of the reasons I find the show way more interesting than most other things that draw on Christianity’s “eternal damnation” shtick.2

And, y’know. Watching too much Monkey as a child has made me a huge sucker for a reformed-demon story. So… there’s that, too.

  1. One assumes that fact Judaism is a non-proselytizing religion means it doesn’t need the whole “convert or be DAMNED TO HELL!” angle adopted by its descendants.
  2. A show about reforming a Christian-style Hell into one more like those described in Asian literature? Go on. I’m listening…
2018-11-27T08:46:21+10:0010th April, 2019|Tags: pop culture, religion|