Someone close to me had one of their dreams come true and sold a wonderful fun show they developed to a popular YouTube channel. The negative comments destroyed this person’s dream. It wasn’t just about how it impacted his feelings; that wasn’t a bother at all. Who cares, sticks and stones!
Those negative comments impacted how the show was promoted, his relationship with the channel, and it stopped the show from getting picked up for a second run.
Negative comments do more than hurt people’s feelings. They stop creative people from being able to do what they do.
Thanks Emily, for taking a stand.
Remember Emily Graslie’s video about gender bias and sexism in science/STEM fields?
Well, thanks to the awesomeness of social media and her influence in the world o’ science communication/education, that video has made quite a buzz. Read on for an update from The Brain Scooper herself…
"If you haven’t heard from me in the last few days, it’s because I’ve been inundated with interviews and media requests, phone calls and messages, book offers, broadcast television show proposals, TV appearances, tour circuit and lecture series offers. Someone even asked if I would write an endorsement for their children’s nature book. And, don’t get all nutty on me because I haven’t agreed to anything (yet [maybe]).
This has all come as a surprise for a few reasons: one, I had no idea this video would resonate so strongly with not just women, but men, parents, teachers, business people and CEOs and journalists.
Two, I am hugely surprised that everyone is acting as though this is news. My video wasn’t revealing anything ground breaking, previously unspoken, or unknown. The Internet has dealt with its anonymous critics since the beginning, people in the public eye will always be widely scrutinized, and women have had their appearance come before their accomplishments before.
But what I am the most surprised about is that the majority agrees with me on this one: that negative online communities are detrimental, and also that these things can improve and get better for content creators of all kinds. That if enough people speak up in favor of fostering encouraging environments online, it will happen. You see this environment in the comment section of PBS Idea Channel, an educational series known for their delightfully constructive community. You see this in the Nerdfighter community. Why not for other educational channels?
The reception of that video far exceeded any expectations I had, and I take it as an indication that we are all working together towards positive change. Thank you, all of you.”
Interviews Emily was featured in…
I encountered an interesting website called Towerbabel which is a literary platform for both readers and writers. You’ll see various literary classics in their extensive library from Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, to Sun Tzu uploaded and ready to be read during free time! It’s a carefully layouted website and very easy to read through.
The platform is free to access, so why not take advantage of it? You just have to sign up with either your e-mail or your Facebook account. As a registered user, you can create and personalize your reading lists, and see your progress. Whenever you scroll down a book, you immediately see your progress with the green bar that appears at the lower part of the page. Towerbabel loads fast, so you don’t have to worry about the site’s speed. Of course you can read through your tablets and phones; I tried it down on my phone and it works intelligently! It’s always awesome to read while waiting for something right?
I mentioned that Towerbabel isn’t only a platform for readers, but also for independent writers who want to be published and to be read by people from around the globe. It is the one-stop-shop for writers around the world to create and to publish. The newest literary platform offers a cool distraction free writing pad and a simple publishing workflow for writers which allow them to publish their books in less than 5 minutes. With Towerbabel’s intuitive platform, you can pick up your stories and choose which one to publish later.
Towerbabel functions as a literary haven and is a very rare platform to use. I have registered and browsed through their titles and have been browsing through some independently-published writings. I find the Jamie Magee’s “See” heartwarming and inspiring. I recommend you on exploring and taking a brief tour of their cool platform to learn more.
Watch: Rupert Grint's passed-on pilot 'Super Clyde' is now available to watch at CBS
Put up at the request of creator Greg Garcia (The Millers, My Name Is Earl) who had this message, “I’m really proud of this show. Mike Fresco did an amazing job directing and the cast is great. Rupert Grint, Stephen Fry, Tyler Labine and Justine Lupe.”
I wish this was on TV.
They weren’t zombies, not exactly. It might have been better if they were, Ben thought. Zombies were something he could deal with. He’d consumed TV shows, movies, books, video games, board games, academic lectures, comics, albums, and paintings about zombies. He pretty much had the rules of…
A scary story every day of October!
This was once the most common representation of female bodies. The rolls of fat and pudgy bellies existed along with thick thighs and broad hips. Some of those bodies were slim, some were chubby, some were fat, but they weren’t stretched out and smoothed out in Photoshop. They acted like bodies do, they looked real and believable. We lost that somewhere along the way, when people in the fashion business started wiping out any inconvenient fold, making us think they don’t exist and to have them is a blasphemy. Maybe it’s about time we remember they are perfectly normal and everyone has them, sometimes or all the time, no matter skinny or fat.
A few people have emailed/messaged me based on a facebook post I wrote today concerning my support of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act asking if I’d expand on it. Since I’m eating lunch and putting off doing some other writing, anyway, I figured I’d go ahead and do…
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"When a wave comes, go deep."
"I think I’m going to need an explanation for that one."
"There’s three things you can do when life sends a wave at you. You can run from it, but then it’s going to catch up and knock you down. You can also fall back on your ego and try to stand your ground, but then it’s still going to clobber you. Or you can use it as an opportunity to go deep, and transform yourself to match the circumstances. And that’s how you get through the wave.”
I should start talking to people more. It seems everybody in the city is full of these kinds of life lessons, according to HONY.