Women are not possessions.
Women are people.
I seriously cannot believe that I have to say this in 2013.
[These boys] are not the “stars” of the Steubenville rape trial. They aren’t the only characters in a drama playing out in eastern Ohio. And yet a CNN viewer learning about the Steubenville rape verdict is presented with dynamic, sympathetic, complicated male figures, and a nonentity of an anonymous victim, the “lasting effects” of whose graphic, public sexual assault are ignored. Small wonder, then, that anyone would find themselves on the side of these men—these poor young men, who were very good at taking tests and playing sports when they were not raping their classmates.
There is one thing that I’m trying to word, and I’m trying to word properly but will probably fail at. But it’s basically along the lines of no matter what the crime- and there are some terrible ones, including this- I’m not a huge fan of peoples’ lives being ruined, one way or the other. But it comes down to my basic philosophy of remorse and reintegration being a preferable outcome to straight-up punishment- lock ‘em up and write ‘em off. Still, the whole apologist thing is terrible, as is the ignoring what happened to the girl, or denying it, or feeling more bad for these two guys than you do for her. That’s terrible. This case, like all cases, is multifaceted and there’s nothing wrong with reporting on that- including the effects on the people behind the crime- as long as you do it fairly. That said, I watched the CNN clip and am still struck by “but what about her? How is she doing?”
Another quote from the article, and a key one: “Regardless of the strength of your GPA (weighted or unweighted), if you commit rape, there is a possibility you may someday be convicted of a sex crime.”
Update: what if the news reporters always seemed to feel this bad for the people who are found guilty of things, and we always went into the effects it would have on their lives? How would things be?
I think the concept of investment is at the core of this issue. When I buy an album, I’ll make an effort to enjoy it for the sake of my investment, even if I don’t immediately like it. I spent money on it, it’s taking up space on my hard drive and/or shelf, and I want that to count for something. But subscribing to Rdio is a different kind of investment. Rather than investing in one album, I’ve invested in all the albums, which is the same as investing in none of them.
“A Garbage Plate is a true Rochester delicacy. It is a disorganized combination of either cheeseburger, hamburger, Italian sausages, steak, chicken, white or red hots, a grilled cheese sandwich, fried fish, or eggs, served on top of one or two of the following: home fries, fries, beans, and mac salad. A plate is always made to order. Then, the plate is adorned with optional mustard, onions and Rochester’s version of hot sauce.”
The term “rock star” is still used to describe athletes and venture capitalists, but it has taken on the ring of an old-timey cliché, like how we still talk about “leading a horse to water” a century into the age of automobiles.
I had a great time working behind the scenes for North by Northwest this morning. We were able to showcase just a small portion of the people shaping the culture of northern B.C. on one of the province’s most-listened to radio shows. Here are the highlights.
Spring is here!
Going forward, then, the real kings of media will be local in a totally different sense. They will be the narrators and arbiters of interest for groups that actually have aligned interests. The daily newspaper for families wrestling with juvenile diabetes, or bi-weekly email op ed for the pop music industry. If one of those categories happens to be, “lives in zip code 10706,” that’s just fine, but it’s an exception, not the default.