- two female characters: share a deep and loving friendship, kiss, flirt, die/fight for each other.
- fandom: yeah but shouldn't jump to conclusions! you're reading too much into it! why do people want to see lesbians everywhere jeez. their friendship is beautiful as it is.
- two male characters: share the same room with other characters
- fandom: OH MY GOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL LOOK AT HOW GAY THEY ARE THEY ARE SO IN LOVE LOOK AT THE WAY THEIR EYES MEET SO GAY
[I]t’s impossible to see a world where we keep libraries open simply to pretend they still serve a purpose for which they no longer serve."
Well, white dude with I’m guessing considerable stock in Google, is the library just there for your needs or purposes?
Maybe you enjoyed your exercise in wordplay and making points already made. But what was your point again? Books make libraries so without books libraries aren’t libraries? Books look different so libraries can’t be libraries? Libraries look different so libraries can’t be libraries? You don’t need libraries for books so we don’t need libraries? I’m sorry, what?
Oh but wait, we’re pretending? Pretending what? Pretending there’s an access divide? Pretending there’s a digital divide? Pretending information illiteracy? Pretending folks lack job skills? Pretending college students need help with citation (BAHA HAHAHAHAHHA)? Did I get a Masters in Pretending? I MEAN I DO HAVE A GREAT IMAGINATION SO I PROBS GOT STRAIGHT A’S. OR P’S FOR PRETENDING. I’m sorry, what?
Also read this from BeerBrarian - The End of “The End of Libraries”
On Sunday, October 14th, yet another “End of Libraries” piece appeared. Per usual, it was written by a white male with no use for libraries, because every single time this trope appears, that’s part of the author’s demographic background. Beyond that, it’s a crucial part of the author’s background. It is overwhelmingly affluent white men who argue that because they do not use something, it has no value for anyone. Libraries. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. Affordable health care. It’s the same argument.
"The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge." Ah, yes, because you can trust everything you read on the internet.
Republicans play this game all the time. “I don’t need it, therefore it’s not important and we should get rid of it.” I can vividly remember the last time I was in a library. It was three weeks ago. I needed to do research and the material I needed was not online. Not every book is completely indexed in Google Books. And yes, an ebook is cheaper and faster than buying a physical copy of a book - but it’s harder to skim through an ebook quickly, and the physical copy at the library costs you nothing (up front; tax dollars etc etc).
Like I said, I was at the library three weeks ago. It was around 4 pm on a Tuesday. And you know what? It was CROWDED. There was a packed sign-up sheet for the computers. Kids and parents abounded in the children’s section. Older people and teenagers read at the tables in the main area. I had to wait in line to check out my book.
Before that, I had spent a lot of quality time on my library’s website. I like to read both physical books and ebooks. My library does Kindle loans. OK, their website is a crappy government website, and it can be a little difficult to navigate, but it’s doable. I read books I probably couldn’t or wouldn’t pay full price for, AKA a big part of the purpose of a library.
Libraries are not useless in the digital age, and even more importantly, they aren’t all empty. Just because YOU, PERSONALLY do not need or use something doesn’t make it a charming but impractical relic of a long-forgotten age.
"The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge." Dude, do these people seriously have no idea how crucial libraries are to providing internet access? Our downtown branch has an entire separate computer area just for job searches. This is crucial for some people.
- Me: Hi, I'm calling-- again-- to find out what's going on with the cake I ordered.
- Store: Well, we did manage to find your order. But the cake artist is only here a couple of days a week.
- Me: I know. That's why I placed my order five days in advance. Anyway.
- Store: Well, our artist may be in for a couple of hours tomorrow. But our owner will definitely be in. So if there's no cake artist, our owner will do it for you herself.
- Me: Is...she a cake artist?
- Store: No, but she does own the store.
- Me: I'm not sure why you believe this is equivalent.
— Actual words that came out of my co-worker’s mouth in actual seriousness while holding a baggie with white powder residue.
From the article: “‘When it was spotted on a second design iteration, we judged the temperature was going to be about 36 degrees,’ he said. ‘But it’s turned out to be more like 72 degrees.’”
72 degrees CELSIUS. Which, for other ignorant Americans like myself, is 161.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or about the temperature at the center of a well-done steak.
Best question: who hired that architect AFTER his Las Vegas building melted chaise lounges?