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  1. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    Okay, sorry, I lost my train of thought, my bad. I totally forgot where I was in my argument and misread your reply. Please let me amend my mistake: Here I was answering to the wrong question, I...

    Okay, sorry, I lost my train of thought, my bad. I totally forgot where I was in my argument and misread your reply. Please let me amend my mistake:

    How about a text written before the author became antisemitic?

    Written before the author became anti-semitic, or before the author - who grew up steeped in an anti-semitic society, one in the process of (slowly) leaving its anti-semitism behind - became noticeably anti-semitic?

    Perhaps he's an author unaware of Jews, and if that's not good enough; an author from before there were Jews. It doesn't really matter, simply "before the author became antisemitic". (It's a thought experiment, not a literal author.)

    Here I was answering to the wrong question, I don't know where that came from, sorry.

    How about a text written before the author became antisemitic?

    Written before the author became anti-semitic, or before the author - who grew up steeped in an anti-semitic society, one in the process of (slowly) leaving its anti-semitism behind - became noticeably anti-semitic?

    Do you think it's impossible for a person to not be antisemitic in an antisemitic society? I don't think of myself (or you) as an antisemite, but we live in this society, which as you say is leaving its antisemitism behind while still having some antisemitic tendencies. If you do think we're both antisemites (just not noticeably so (yet?)), then I can't answer. I don't believe we are antisemites, and while it is not physically impossible that I do become an antisemite tomorrow, I think it's very unlikely.

    If you don't think we're both antisemites, then what is the difference between us and this author?

    The author grew up in a society where anti-semitism - and misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia - was pervasive. It's much more likely that he learned that as a child, when surrounded by peers who enabled him, rather than after some criticism he received for the anti-semitism in his work he supposedly had yet to learn.

    Now you're talking about something different which I am not arguing. I totally agree, but I fail to see how it's relevant to my argument.

  2. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    Perhaps he's an author unaware of Jews, and if that's not good enough; an author from before there were Jews. It doesn't really matter, simply "before the author became antisemitic". (It's a...

    Perhaps he's an author unaware of Jews, and if that's not good enough; an author from before there were Jews. It doesn't really matter, simply "before the author became antisemitic". (It's a thought experiment, not a literal author.)

  3. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    This is my point! The author's intent, to not write an antisemitic book, doesn't affect my interpretation of the book as antisemitic. If I find no signs of the book being antisemitic within the...

    This is my point! The author's intent, to not write an antisemitic book, doesn't affect my interpretation of the book as antisemitic.

    If I find no signs of the book being antisemitic within the book itself, that is because I am either not educated enough to find the clues, or the book isn't antisemitic. But it is unlikely that there are no such clues in this example.

    How about a text written before the author became antisemitic?

    Edit: just corrected a typo

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  4. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    How do you mean? I have my own bias, of course, but if I don't know the author's personal opinions, they will surely not affect my opinion on their work? And if I happen to know the author is an...

    How do you mean? I have my own bias, of course, but if I don't know the author's personal opinions, they will surely not affect my opinion on their work? And if I happen to know the author is an antisemite, it might stop me from buying a book in order to not give them money, but not from pirating the book, or buying the book second-hand. The opinions of the author is not one of my criteria for reading a book or not.

    (Of course I could be naive or narcissistic or delusional.)

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  5. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    Sure, and I'd argue that context can be divided into two parts: external statements by the author (in interviews, letters, etc.) and the context of the work itself (historical context, dogwhistles...

    There's two ways to understand intent. First is from the medium itself, and second is from context.

    Sure, and I'd argue that context can be divided into two parts: external statements by the author (in interviews, letters, etc.) and the context of the work itself (historical context, dogwhistles and other meanings hidden to uneducated readers, etymology, etc). This second type of context I can agree has some value.

    When we learn of context through other means, such as the discovery that a writer holds hate in their heart, we can now know to avoid this writers depictions of the group they are marginalizing or spreading hate about. It's one of many tools in our disposal to fight malicious ideologies.

    If an author depicts "a crooked-nose person from Germany named Goldblum" unfavourably, my knowledge of Jewish stereotypes and my knowledge of history will help me discern that the work could be antisemitic. But that ability comes from clues not related to the author's personal thoughts. On the other hand, there could be an antisemitic author who wrote books that had no discernable antisemitic tendencies. Then I would read those books and appreciate them for what they are, and not for what the author is.

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  6. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    I disagree. The only context I can think of that could be of some value is historical context (i.e., what connotations did the word "negro" or "Napoleon" have at the time?). The personal opinions...

    Because the episode isn't just the content itself. Context matters for these types of things.

    I disagree. The only context I can think of that could be of some value is historical context (i.e., what connotations did the word "negro" or "Napoleon" have at the time?). The personal opinions of the author seems irrelevant. Why someone wrote a book, or what the author meant (as if the author himself knew) doesn't interest me.

    If I learn about something undeniably vile, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion for example, I might be interested in the effects it had on society, or how people at the time received it. What the authors themselves thought seems to me utterly irrelevant. Maybe they were hired by someone who hated jews, or they themselves hated jews, or they just wrote random letters: it doesn't matter. The result is what matters, the reception is what matters, my interpretation is what matters.

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  7. Comment on Graham Linehan says he won’t work with Channel 4 again unless transphobic IT Crowd episode is reinstated in ~tv

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    Because the creator, writer and director's opinion doesn't matter after he has released the episode. Why not judge the episode by its content? Why should a transphobe get to decide if a piece of...

    Because the creator, writer and director's opinion doesn't matter after he has released the episode. Why not judge the episode by its content? Why should a transphobe get to decide if a piece of art is transphobic or not?

    The meaning of a work comes from the person who experiences it, not the person who created it. When I watched the episode I didn't think it was transphobic (and other comments have explained how they thought it wasn't), should I now change my opinion of the episode just because information about something completely unrelated to the episode itself was released?

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  8. Comment on I can't make it any clearer. Any advice? in ~comp

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    Click which icon? How do I allow update to run? How do I restart the computer? How do I launch Outlook?

    Click which icon? How do I allow update to run?

    How do I restart the computer?

    How do I launch Outlook?

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  9. Comment on Starting a zine in ~creative

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    Thanks for the link! I am aware of what a zine usually looks like, I don't mean "magazine". And it will be very low budget, free and limited in scope.

    Thanks for the link! I am aware of what a zine usually looks like, I don't mean "magazine". And it will be very low budget, free and limited in scope.

  10. Comment on Starting a zine in ~creative

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    Thanks! I forgot to say that it will most likely only be in Swedish ;) But I might hit you up anyway!

    Thanks! I forgot to say that it will most likely only be in Swedish ;) But I might hit you up anyway!

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  11. Comment on Starting a zine in ~creative

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    I haven't thought about that, but I'm not ruling it out.

    I haven't thought about that, but I'm not ruling it out.

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  12. Comment on Starting a zine in ~creative

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    I think contemporary short-form literary fiction and poetry is difficult to find. Most of the new stuff in libraries are either non-fiction (which is fine, but I'm not very interested in that) or...

    I think contemporary short-form literary fiction and poetry is difficult to find. Most of the new stuff in libraries are either non-fiction (which is fine, but I'm not very interested in that) or just shit (I'm sorry if I sound elitist, but in my opinion literary fiction and poetry is leagues ahead of Part 2/5 of Generic Thriller Series and How I became a man: 5 steps to a better life.)

    I also think it is difficult to publish. It doesn't sell. I know many talented people who will never be able to share their works with the world because there is no money to be earned by the publishing houses. I think it'd be great to give amateurs and hobbyists an outlet for their creative expressions.

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  13. Starting a zine

    Is it possible to start an indie literary (web?)zine in this part of history? Do you have any tips on marketing, gaining submissions, the publishing itself, editing and other things involved in...

    Is it possible to start an indie literary (web?)zine in this part of history? Do you have any tips on marketing, gaining submissions, the publishing itself, editing and other things involved in the making of a zine?

    Your own experiences, speculations and links to articles are welcome!

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  14. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    Well, for me it is pretty easy, I would never buy anything (and I never buy anything other than food and clothes right now). But sometimes I've had a little extra money, and then it might be more...

    Well, for me it is pretty easy, I would never buy anything (and I never buy anything other than food and clothes right now). But sometimes I've had a little extra money, and then it might be more difficult to know.

    The crucial thing is that pirating is an option to me. If it wasn't, who knows what would happen? If pirating is somehow eradicated in the next few years, send me a message and ask me how much media I buy :)

    And finally, what are your thoughts on buying second hand or getting gifts? If I go to a local second hand shop I can get 5 books/films/cd's for a dollar, not much more expensive than the internet and electricity I use. Or my friend can give me a film after he's done watching it, then I get it for free.

    And what is the difference between me giving my friend a physical book and a pdf of that book?

  15. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    I buy media and pirate right now. If I couldn't pirate, I'd still be buying media, but I wouldn't buy the media that I would have pirated, if that makes sense.

    Say you couldn't pirate, would you then stop buying media forever?

    I buy media and pirate right now. If I couldn't pirate, I'd still be buying media, but I wouldn't buy the media that I would have pirated, if that makes sense.

  16. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    Well, that's the difference between physical and digital goods. If I occupy a house illegally the owner will want to have his house back. I see no problem with occupying a hypothetical copy of a...

    You probably also can't afford a house and that's no reason to occupy one illegally.

    Well, that's the difference between physical and digital goods. If I occupy a house illegally the owner will want to have his house back. I see no problem with occupying a hypothetical copy of a house.

    not even used.

    If I buy a used book the creator will not earn any money from that, which is the same as just pirating it.

    Notice that in all my examples the creator doesn't lose any potential earnings by me pirating it, since I would never have bought it anyway.

  17. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    Thanks for your suggestions, I will check them out! If you had to choose one of them to begin with, which one would you pick?

    Thanks for your suggestions, I will check them out! If you had to choose one of them to begin with, which one would you pick?

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  18. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    Maybe Russians feel lonely a lot? Haha! Apparantly those two books were more popular than I had thought.

    Maybe Russians feel lonely a lot? Haha! Apparantly those two books were more popular than I had thought.

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  19. Comment on Can you recommend authors who deal with loneliness? in ~books

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    I've heard about Wild Sargasso Sea, and supposedly it's good, but I've always felt it's a bit tacky to use someone else's characters. How does it manifest in that book?

    I've heard about Wild Sargasso Sea, and supposedly it's good, but I've always felt it's a bit tacky to use someone else's characters. How does it manifest in that book?

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  20. Comment on What are your thoughts on piracy? in ~talk

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    Yes, let's skip the analogies and I'll give a couple of examples of where I've pirated something (and feel justified). Maybe you can respond to each example. I pirated a game that I couldn't...

    Yes, let's skip the analogies and I'll give a couple of examples of where I've pirated something (and feel justified). Maybe you can respond to each example.

    1. I pirated a game that I couldn't afford. Later I could afford it, so I bought it.

    2. I pirated a game that didn't have a demo. I didn't like it, so I didn't buy it.

    3. I wasn't allowed to have my phone with Spotify during an exam, but an mp3-player was fine. I wanted to listen to Kate Bush's album Hounds of Love and pirated it.

    4. I pirated Adobe Photoshop, which I will never afford to buy.

    5. I pirated Jeeves and Wooster which isn't available on Netflix and I don't want to watch it enough to buy it.

    6. I pirated a book that is out of print and isn't sold anywhere that I could find.

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