Old English (Anglo-Saxon):Eft he axode, hu ðære ðeode nama wære þe hi of comon. Him wæs geandwyrd, þæt hi Angle genemnode wæron. Þa cwæð he, "Rihtlice hi sind Angle gehatene, for ðan ðe hi engla wlite habbað, and swilcum gedafenað þæt hi on heofonum engla geferan beon."
Middle English:In þat lond ben trees þat beren wolle, as þogh it were of scheep; whereof men maken clothes, and all þing þat may ben made of wolle. In þat contree ben many ipotaynes, þat dwellen som tyme in the water, and somtyme on the lond: and þei ben half man and half hors, as I haue seyd before; and þei eten men, whan þei may take hem.
Early Modern English:But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she Be not her maid, since she is envious; Her vestal livery is but sick and green And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. It is my lady, O, it is my love!
Modern English:Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.
Pointless dribble:Omg, lol, def totes ridic, c u ltr
There’s something to be said about Girls and the state of diversity in education. Dunham is a recent college graduate; one of the first in a new generation of young writer/directors who will—whether we like it or not—be helping to shape the pop culture we’re going to consume over the next decade. If these course requirements represent the average college graduate requirements, then pop culture might be in trouble. I don’t claim to know what Dunham’s course schedule was while she attended Oberlin, but the fact that there’s a chance that she—and the other writers and directors who will come after her—has never had to read a Langston Hughes play, watch anything by Chen Kaige or Oscar Micheaux, or study any type of non-white/European media narrative is troubling, and it’s unsurprising that it would lead to the creation of a show that highlights (I would even go so far as to say rehashes) the lives of four white girls in New York City.
Despite our similarities in background, our views of life in New York city seem to be radically different. An article in The New Yorker tells me that our circles of friends come from the same pools: Oberlin Students and high school friends that more often than not come from the same group of New York City day schools and New England boarding schools. Not only do I work with a WOC who attended high school with her, I have friends who went to high school with both her and her younger sister and, because my friends consist of Latin@s, Asians, Blacks, and whites, I know her life couldn’t possibly have looked as white as the posters for Girls (which is semi-true to life; she calls her character Hannah “another version of herself”) would have you believe.
Yet Girls, set in Brooklyn, where only one-third of the population is white, somehow exists in a New York where minorities are only called to cast for one liners and nanny roles. “Pleasantly plump” Latinas may also inquire within.
These are casting calls from April and May of 2011—when the show was still filming its first season—pulled from Breakdowns Express. There may have been (and probably were) more that have since disappeared from the site.
When asked about the lack of diversity, The Voice of Our Generation didn’t have much of an answer.
“When I get a tweet from a girl who’s like, ‘I’d love to watch the show, but I wish there were more women of color,’” Dunham told the Huffington Post. “You know what? I do, too, and if we have the opportunity to do a second season, I’ll address that.”
But Dunham is the showrunner, writer, director, and star of Girls. I have the feeling that if she’d honestly wished for some diversity she’d have gotten some diversity.
“Some Nickelodeon executives were worried, says Konietzko, about backing an animated action show with a female lead character. Conventional TV wisdom has it that girls will watch shows about boys, but boys won’t watch shows about girls. During test screenings, though, boys said they didn’t care that Korra was a girl. They just said she was awesome.”—
I just want to add, I was at a talk at CTN Expo last year with some leading women in animation - Brenda Chapman, Sue Nichols, Jill Daniels, and Kathy Altieri. A college student brought up pitching animated shows starring female characters and the panel discussed how difficult it is. But I’m excited to think that in five or ten years, maybe it will be a little easier.
“It’s so important to see someone who looks like you doing it. It’s something our brain needs, to see someone who looks like us doing something to convince us that something is possible.”— Asian American actor John Cho (Harold & Kumar, Star Trek) discussing the intersection of acting and Asian American identity at the Yale University Asian American Cultural Center’s annual celebration of Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month. (via racebending)
“If I’m honest, I’m a little bothered about the main antagonists being called the Equalists. I’m thinking about everything that’s going on with backlash against affirmative action, hostility toward immigrants of colour, and extreme inequality in POC representation in the mainstream media. These “Equalists” view bending as an unearned privilege, similar to how anti-oppression activists view for example white privilege, do they not? I’m experiencing some cognitive dissonance about trying to lessen unearned privilege in real life but at the same time rooting for the demise of an imaginary group which espouses the same beliefs as me…Might some viewers take this to mean the show is pro- white/male/etc. privilege and against equality? I mean, if benders have distinct economic/social/opportunity-related advantages in Republic City then their privilege would depend on the (maybe subtle) oppression of nonbenders and it would need to be lessened. The way the benders in Republic City are presented so far (non benders complaining about things benders supposedly can’t help) mirrors the attitudes of many people who claim that whites/men are oppressed now and they suffer from “reverse race/sexism.” I just think equality, which is something we strive for, is a dangerous concept to associate with villains on a tv show…But it would be great if the Equalists are not really villains and Korra has to learn to confront her privilege as a bender in a society where benders have advantages. I doubt that though…For some reason I think TV executives won’t like that angle.””
After considering whether to become an actor or a newspaper artist, he decided on a career as a newspaper artist, drawing political caricatures or comic strips. But when nobody wanted to hire him as either an artist or even as an ambulance driver, his brother Roy, then working in a local bank, got Walt a temporary job through a bank colleague at the Pesmen-Rubin Art Studio where he created advertisements for newspapers, magazines, and movie theaters.
If Walt Disney had trouble finding a job, then I feel a little better about life in general.
Mike and I will be on the NPR program All Things Considered tomorrow, Friday April 13th, talking about Korra and Avatar. We did a really cool interview with Neda Ulaby, meaning she asked cool questions (I don’t know if we were cool). We’re really excited and honored to be on that show! Our…