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here are two incredibly rambling comments I have left on blogs this evening, both of which in a roundabout way address issues of television and fandom:

On The Perks of Being Adapted into a Film at Thought Catalog:

It's not just with marginalized groups, necessarily--look at the way nerdy Americans react when the US adapts British TV, or the way Comic Book People react to pretty much any comic book news. It's partially because whenever people like things that aren't mainstream popular, they become a member of a different "ingroup" called "people who are cool enough to agree with me on this thing," because we're social creatures and need to feel like part of some sort of pack, and obviously our pack is "better" because we're in it. It extends to the atmosphere of online fandom--low-rated shows (which generally stay on the air because of they have critical acclaim or award nominations, so tha might be a mitigating factor) feel like awesome houseparties (i.e. Community), whereas the fans of hugely popular shows (Glee) feel like nightclubs, where there are way too many people and you can't hear anything but it's hypothetically still fun. (But then, there are those that prefer nightclubs IRL... and there are also people who watched Coupling on NBC and Desperate Housewives is still on the air...) Basically, this is what "hipster" means.

More to the point I think this movie will not go _all_ that mainstream, so there will be those like you and I who will scoff at the n00bs and be like "I read this book in the 8th grade," but those n00bs will push it on people all "Oh my god, you've never seen Perks? The book is pretty great too" and look down on their new friends the same way we do them.

On Why More Women Should Write Comedy: A Mathematical But Not Boring Study at Splitsider:

The more I think about it, the more I realize that basically they basically gender segment television into dramas for girls (lifetime, most shows with hospitals in) and comedies for boys (comedy central, adult swim). But then all the "good" dramas like Mad Men and the Wire are about hyper-masculine shit like being a violent criminal or Don Draper. Also I'm noticing that most competitive reality shows are marketed primarily at dudes (except, like, project runway) and "passive" reality shows at chicks (except, like, pawn stars). Basically what I'm saying is, I'm sick of ads for guys on all the shows I watch (but then I wouldn't be satisfied with ads for ladies either, as Target: Women taught us).

Conspiracy theories (and interior design) aside, this article was in fact inspiring and I am going to make a conscious effort to remember funny ideas I have and try to write something about them.

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