Jan. 8th, 2017

marlowe1: (Serenity)
Have you ever heard of New Voices? Of course you haven't. New Voices works on the "how fucking stupid are the writers" platform where they hire a college graduate to work for them for 2 years and ONLY 2 years. And then all the writers are college students. So they are doing their college student thing and writing articles for exposure and learning how to write and whatever. Of course, real college newspapers actually pay the reporters - not much, but they still pay them - but that's not New Voices.

New Voices is a shit magazine that has a "tradition" of screwing over young writers because they are fresh and excited and dangerously naive and too stupid to know that writing for free is nothing. And getting too hung up on this one particularly condescending exploitation rag is a waste of time. Just because I know people that got to that Menudo Editor position doesn't mean that it affects me. I gave away writing for free at one point. Other people will give writing away for free. The people who are exploiting the writers are putting out shit (because yeah a writer that is worth printing is worth paying and eventually every writer figures that out) so they will always have a limited audience.

I did get too hung up on the shit literary magazine Mimaamakim which was a Jewish literary magazine with 115 pages of shit poetry every issue and what was the point? I suppose I would have been less angry at them if they didn't keep sending me invitations to their fucking fundraisers. What the fuck are the fundraisers going to pay for? Not the fucking writers. There are only so many times I can post that Harlan Ellison video. One of the slam poets got mad enough to tell me that I was being rude, but he was never going to be convinced that his labor of love was shit and would always remain shit.

Anyhow there was an article in New Voices and it was so popular that Forward reprinted it. And since I knew someone connected with the article, I asked if the reprint was paid for and the answer was No, because the Jewish newspapers are really free and open to sharing.

So they describe fucking over the writers and exploiting writers as "free and open and sharing". Oh sure, you worked hard on that article and we are just going to reprint it and FUCK YOU with our business practices, but we are SO NICE. Yes, that's Forward Magazine, the liberal Jewish magazine, the one that likes to shame Orthodox Jews and take on a nice Liberal Jewish position on everything. Forward Magazine supports slavery when it comes to writers.

Of course, Forward Magazine shouldn't be doing it. Forward Magazine should not be reprinting articles without paying the writers, but Forward Magazine is one of those shitty little places that thinks that it's totally cool to fuck over writers and if writers are too naive to actually get paid for their work or demand it, then is it Forward's fault that they just stole the work off of writers.

After all, a liberal Jewish magazine like Forward is only really happy to support worker rights when those workers are not writing for Forward - or writing for a Jewish magazine that is associated with Forward.
marlowe1: (Maggie)
This time it's for a week. I suppose this time I really was asking for it. I told some racist bitch that if she didn't like Michelle Obama she should go back to Russia. I think I called her a shithead. Mostly it was the law of the aggrieved asshole running to report to FB when she gets her feelings hurt. So I can block the two assholes and that's about it. I really should not have kept them unblocked. I have a friend who is dangerously naive and I actually met her when she was engaged at age 20 and giving these amazingly smug sermons about how everyone should be married now. The frum brainwashing was strong with her. And while this friend is still nice, she comes from a Russian background where they got out of Russia for being Jewish and then some of them went psycho frum because generations of religious persecution is going to create the equal and opposite reaction of extreme religiosity in the name of liberty. Somewhere we should meet in the middle.

So anyhow this friend is pretty rightwing and very prone to saying the most regressive things like telling a male friend that his job is to work and he shouldn't worry about the housework and children because that's his wife's job. Her child raising techniques are also textbook systemic sexism as her son is a fucking monster who gets away with murder while her daughter is constantly being trained to be a "little lady".

Anyhow this friend is a little conservative, Russian and too eager to accept the religious bullshit that I wrestle with. I should give her a break because she is a moderate in the political sphere while her old friends from the neighborhood are fucking monsters. They couldn't even say that Michelle Obama's speech (my friend posted Michelle Obama's speech and loved it) was good without spouting the most racist paranoid ranting. And unfortunately I was awake in the morning and instead of doing what I should have done which was to block them and never talk to them - or more realistically tell them that they are racist and disgusting without getting all personal and attack dog - and THEN blocking them - I instead went full "fuck you" on them.

And the one named Julia (I don't remember the last name - which is a good thing else I would post it here and Livejournal sometimes wants to come down on people) reported me and I got blocked.

So I suppose I can work or something for the next week.
marlowe1: (PIGGY!!!!)
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2017/jan/03/myspace-celebrities-tyler-creator-taylor-swift-tom-hardy

This is a link that I would post on Facebook for the Tom Hardy pictures alone. I think that once these myspace pages have been found they will swiftly be removed but for now, let us enjoy the picture of Taylor Swift going all goth and Tom Hardy duck facing. One should note that Tom Hardy duckfaced AFTER that Star Trek movie which was not his breakthrough movie (that would be Inception) but damn he looks goofy. This makes me respect him as an actor more even when he does a Sean Connery impression for the entirety of The Dark Knight Rises.

Also Tom Hiddleston cited Meet the fockers as one of his favorite movies. Not even the first movie. Nope. The terrible sequel. Of course, it is nice to know that someone in the Marvel movie actor ranch once took that ever popular "what superhero are you" quiz (he got The Flash - so his agent was really dropping the ball when he got him the audition for Loki).

So this is why Facebook took over. I now remember bitching about the link posts and the one line posts on Livejournal. For a couple years twitter was my enemy because I really don't want to read fucking tweets on this format. Now with FB you can do long posts, short posts, videos, links, etc. Even quiz results and memes are FB bound.

With Livejournal, you can just write medium to long essays about your life. As it should be.

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