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Meta calls to me!

I wish I had enough time to finish writing up some Meta things tonight because agh, authorial intent! It is haunting me. Thankfully I got through Reichenbach without any meta-level issues, but I still have some lingering from ASiB, and somehow Andrew Hussie is massively stepping into it in regards to race on Tumblr tonight and this makes an excellent counterpoint to the gender and sexuality issues Moffat has been poking at in some of his writing recently. I must get some sitting-still time in the near future! I need to pose endless open-ended questions about how much we should take authorial intent into account! And whether we should hold authors responsible for failings we only detect (or, more accurately, feel we can confirm beyond usual suspicions) in context of their extra-narrative actions! Ugh! (Actually, now that I've started this maybe it'll happen in the comments and I can just participate?)

(Incidentally, for those of you who were involved in one of my previous meta rambles on race, Hussie's attempting to defend the same "readers can be held accountable for the racism they read into a story/default-to-white-bias is not the author's responsibility to dispel" points I've tried defending before (with limited success). And I'm feeling residual embarrassment for how haughty that argument sounds in retrospect. Still really fascinating, though, especially in regards to a story that's so heavily reliant on archetypes. And I really want to corner Hussie in a bar somewhere or something and talk to him about this stuff beyond the somewhat condescending tone he always takes when talking to his fandom at large. Because this is an actual issue that he's poking at here, and it's got me intrigued.)

But, since I don't really have time for anything in depth, here's something entirely irrelevant. I've done a post-mortem on my deceased lock, just so everyone can have a friendly reminder to always have a spare key.

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zolac_no_miko
17th Jan, 2012 08:13 (UTC)
Hmmmmmm, that's a very interesting discussion going on there.
evilhippo
18th Jan, 2012 02:22 (UTC)
Yeaaaah, watching Hussie and his fandom go round and round on this is pretty interesting. Especially when he escalates it to nonsense-retcon and tries to half-backpedal on calling some of his fans racist. With all the other issues in Homestuck, I'm actually kind of surprised the giant author/reader kerefuffle ended up being about race... it seems to be one of the only things people (up to this point) didn't actively argue about. Though, on the plus side, there's been a certain portion of very interesting fanart out of this that I'm totally on board with, beyond John and Jade being drawn as Asian (which, as far as I can tell, was pretty popular in fanon beforehand).