August 22, 2014

Anonymous said: what about Gaza and Ferguson John? do they not deserve your respect? you're such a hypocrite, i's disgusting

fishingboatproceeds:

I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.

Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only  whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.

I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.

The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.

I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”

But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.

At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.

I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.

August 22, 2014

Anonymous said: As an Author, would you ever consider being a special guest for Lit Track at either Geekycon or another con

You know, on the first LeakyLit, Maureen asked me kind of like in that tone of “Oh, holy balls, we forgot this really obvious thing” - “DO YOU WANT TO BE ON THIS?” And while I consider that incredibly flattering I don’t know that I’m a fit. I’ve never published a YA novel or any fiction, and I don’t have the kind of world-worn writing wisdom that the authors who regularly come to our lit track do. I am so incredibly satisfied knowing we are creating something awesome, and also, I have this whole convention thing to run in the meantime. When I am on panels at our events I have to be careful about not overburdening myself, so I woudln’t be able to put in the right kind of prep or presence that lit, I think, should have.

THAT SAID, I always forget to do my own signing at these things. Every year, about a week before the conference I think, “Wait… DANGIT! I forgot!” And my own signings have been hilariously poorly scheduled or swapped out for other things, etc., because I’m the least important person (honestly) when the needs of the conference are pressing. But I should make a better effort at a) having more of my books there, we never order many because I’m always like “whatever, we don’t need a lot of those,” and they’re always gone by Thursday of Friday (and I’m really always surprised and flattered) and b) actually having and attending my own signing. I should do that. I should. I will. I shall. 

At *another* con, I’d be happy to, provided it was a track to which I could lend something of value.

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August 22, 2014

ch4mb3r0fs3crets said: Melissa! I'm super excited that you're coming to GLA! See you in October xxx

THANK YOU! So happy to be going! This is going to be my second-favorite conference, I can feel it.

August 22, 2014
thehpalliance:

We’re thrilled to announce that Melissa Anelli will be a Special Guest Speaker at Granger Leadership Academy! 
Melissa is one of the Harry Potter fandom’s most successful and innovative leaders, with influential and groundbreaking creations like LeakyCon and PotterCast headlining her resume. Melissa also serves on the HPA’s Board of Directors and has been one of our biggest financial supporters through projects like Jingle Spells. Melissa will share her insight on what it takes to be an effective fandom-based community organizer while using passion for literature as a driving force for positive change.
You can learn more about the Granger Leadership Academy here.

I’m so excited about this. The Granger Leadership Academy is something I’m so thrilled the HPA is starting. It absolutely should be connecting with and bringing up the next generation of leaders, and providing tools and training along the way of doing that. Since its inception I’ve been one of its biggest cheerleaders. And now it’s really gratifying to hear that they want me to help! I’ll be doing lots of things the whole weekend, getting really in there and involved, because I don’t think you could stop me if you tried. When I speak it will be (as referenced above) on the advantage of passion in leadership, and how to turn failures and roadblocks into challenges and opportunities.
The HPA was really insistent that this academy showcase strong female leadership, which is another reason to love the stuffing out of it. And another reason I’m so excited and honored.
See you in Oct!

thehpalliance:

We’re thrilled to announce that Melissa Anelli will be a Special Guest Speaker at Granger Leadership Academy! 

Melissa is one of the Harry Potter fandom’s most successful and innovative leaders, with influential and groundbreaking creations like LeakyCon and PotterCast headlining her resume. Melissa also serves on the HPA’s Board of Directors and has been one of our biggest financial supporters through projects like Jingle Spells. Melissa will share her insight on what it takes to be an effective fandom-based community organizer while using passion for literature as a driving force for positive change.

You can learn more about the Granger Leadership Academy here.

I’m so excited about this. The Granger Leadership Academy is something I’m so thrilled the HPA is starting. It absolutely should be connecting with and bringing up the next generation of leaders, and providing tools and training along the way of doing that. Since its inception I’ve been one of its biggest cheerleaders. And now it’s really gratifying to hear that they want me to help! I’ll be doing lots of things the whole weekend, getting really in there and involved, because I don’t think you could stop me if you tried. When I speak it will be (as referenced above) on the advantage of passion in leadership, and how to turn failures and roadblocks into challenges and opportunities.

The HPA was really insistent that this academy showcase strong female leadership, which is another reason to love the stuffing out of it. And another reason I’m so excited and honored.

See you in Oct!

August 21, 2014

fyeahlaurenfairweather:

LeakyCon 2014 in Orlando

In which I talk a mile a minute about how much fun I had at LeakyCon this year. Relevant links to things I mentioned are down here in the video description, if you’re interested! 

My merch is available online!
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T-Shirts: http://dftba.com/artist/59/Lauren-Fai…
Music: http://laurenfairweather.bandcamp.com

My Diagon Alley video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3s7E…

LeakyCon: http://www.leakycon.com
This conference is now going to be called GeekyCon:http://www.geekycon.com

Tonks and the Aurors: http://tonksandtheaurors.bandcamp.com/
Molly Lewis: http://www.youtube.com/sweetafton23
The Mudbloods: http://themudbloods.bandcamp.com/
Frankie’s art: http://instagram.com/frakfraco
Meghan Tonjes: https://www.youtube.com/user/tonjesml
The Whomping Willows (my husband’s band!) has a new wizard rock album out! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/197…
Harry and the Potters: http://harryandthepotters.bandcamp.com/

Ashley Hamel, who performed with me at LeakyCon:http://ashleyhamel.bandcamp.com/

The Esther Day video they played at the ball:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t6pF…

My snitch earrings were from a booth in the LeakyCon Marketplace but I don’t remember what it was called. I’m sorry! 

My t-shirt is from http://www.threadless.com

My hair clip was made by Sleepy King who used to have a shop on etsy. 

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August 20, 2014
mydrunkkitchen:

GUESS WHO IS HOSTING GEEKS WHO DRINK TONIGHT AND GUESS WHERE???  (at The Highball)

mydrunkkitchen:

GUESS WHO IS HOSTING GEEKS WHO DRINK TONIGHT AND GUESS WHERE??? (at The Highball)

August 20, 2014

abbygubler:

ohrobbybaby:

The Sound of Music (1965)

tumblr fucked me up so bad i kept expecting something ridiculous to happen at the end like a still of her telling the kids to go fuck themselves smh

SO DID I!!

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August 20, 2014
thehpalliance:

If you use YouTube, you need to know this.
You’ve heard all these rumblings about Net Neutrality over the past several months. Let’s get real: this is about controlling online video. It is estimated that by 2017, video content will account for 80-90% of all global Internet traffic.
This isn’t just about not being able to binge-watch a series on Netflix. It’s about the future of online video as we know it.
Whether your YouTube channel is home to daily vlogs, short films, or just that one video from when the cinnamon challenge seemed like a good idea, you’re a video creator. Your content and comments help shape this community. Let’s keep it that way.
Net Neutrality means that your YouTube videos reach people at the same speed as clips from last night’s episode of the Tonight Show. It means a level playing field for video creators looking to reach an audience. But new Net Neutrality rules could mess that up.
Here’s the deal: Telecommunications companies already charge us to access the Internet through our homes and our phones. New FCC rules could allow them to also charge content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and even PBS) for access to our eyeballs. It could create a fast lane for Jimmy Fallon’s clips, and slow lane for your YouTube videos.
It is really important that the FCC understands that online video creators care about Net Neutrality. Even if you’ve only ever uploaded ONE VIDEO, you are a creator and you have a voice.
If you can, please add your channel to our petition. We’ll deliver this to the FCC in September and demonstrate that the online video community cares about this issue. 
Sign the petition, then spread the word.

thehpalliance:

If you use YouTube, you need to know this.

You’ve heard all these rumblings about Net Neutrality over the past several months. Let’s get real: this is about controlling online video. It is estimated that by 2017, video content will account for 80-90% of all global Internet traffic.

This isn’t just about not being able to binge-watch a series on Netflix. It’s about the future of online video as we know it.

Whether your YouTube channel is home to daily vlogs, short films, or just that one video from when the cinnamon challenge seemed like a good idea, you’re a video creator. Your content and comments help shape this community. Let’s keep it that way.

Net Neutrality means that your YouTube videos reach people at the same speed as clips from last night’s episode of the Tonight Show. It means a level playing field for video creators looking to reach an audience. But new Net Neutrality rules could mess that up.

Here’s the deal: Telecommunications companies already charge us to access the Internet through our homes and our phones. New FCC rules could allow them to also charge content providers (like YouTube, Netflix, and even PBS) for access to our eyeballs. It could create a fast lane for Jimmy Fallon’s clips, and slow lane for your YouTube videos.

It is really important that the FCC understands that online video creators care about Net Neutrality. Even if you’ve only ever uploaded ONE VIDEO, you are a creator and you have a voice.

If you can, please add your channel to our petition. We’ll deliver this to the FCC in September and demonstrate that the online video community cares about this issue.

Sign the petition, then spread the word.

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August 20, 2014

marykatewiles:

Come with me to LeakyCon!

August 20, 2014
"Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it."

— Maya Angelou (via purplebuddhaproject)

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