Reminder about the DSM-5

The idea emerges that every person’s illness is somehow their own fault, that it comes from nowhere but themselves: their genes, their addictions, and their inherent human insufficiency. We enter a strange shadow-world where for someone to engage in prostitution isn’t the result of intersecting environmental factors (gender relations, economic class, family and social relationships) but a symptom of “conduct disorder,” along with “lying, truancy, [and] running away.” A mad person is like a faulty machine. The pseudo-objective gaze only sees what they do, rather than what they think or how they feel. A person who shits on the kitchen floor because it gives them erotic pleasure and a person who shits on the kitchen floor to ward off the demons living in the cupboard are both shunted into the diagnostic category of encopresis. It’s not just that their thought-process don’t matter, it’s as if they don’t exist. The human being is a web of flesh spun over a void.

Sam Kriss is a funny writer who understands Pure Ideology.

Poor Chapelle

Dang. Watch that clip where he talks about the effects of that one sketch and its catch-phrase (i mean the rest of the video after that is surprisingly interesting too, but yeah).

Pretty good Z talk

I like the bit where he says he doesn’t know what China/Singapore/etc “capitalism with Asian values” even means, and he doesn’t think anyone else truly does either. That rings true to me. Also good for the “I’m not talking about a return to 20th Century communism” type stuff – I think that might again be a case of the same, in that no one really know what that means either.

Hah, cool, foolish metaphor about learning/acting radically at the end too, using Marx/Engels/Lenin.

Digraaaaaaah

So DiGRAA – the Australian chapter of the intl. Game Studies research organisation held its first conference on Tuesday. I presented a paper based on some stuff I’ve been working on on the side of thesis, and which everyone had good things to say about. I’ll try and work that stuff into a proper paper soon as my thesis is done in July (fingers crossed) and maybe I’ll try turning the paper version into a video essay too. I think it’ll work well in that format.

But I was also on a panel to talk about the stuff I did with Critical Distance, which seemed pretty popular too. I met Scott Knight from Bond University who mentioned that a ton of his students read Critical Distance when doing games writing/research/work, so that was a nice surprise. The panel was recorded thanks to Maize Wallin of Glitchmark. Thank to Dan Golding for organising and inviting me to speak.

White people rap

Primarily, I needed to get these links out of a browser tab and into somewhere useful.

Aamer Rahman has a great 2 part “white rapper FAQ” which is essential reading for anyone who listens to any white rappers (that means: everyone).

Part 1 is here.

Part 2 is here.

Best quote?

1. ARE YOU SAYING WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T LISTEN TO RAP?

Stop projecting your anxieties onto me.  You’re white.  You can do pretty much whatever you want. It’s a sweet deal.

There’s also plenty more I want to say about the need for caution whenever you go into another country’s context and just transplant yourself (either temporarily or permanently) like Azalea (ugh) or like a US comedian coming to Australia etc. Aus hip-hop (and, to the lesser extent that I know of) and NZ Hip-hop have been quite white for some time now, but it’s also always been intermingled with indigenous artists and groups too. There’s a complication there in the antipodean context that I don’t know how to address and I wish there was an Aus or NZ version of Rahman who could do some untangling of that issue. (edit: for some reason i thought Rahman was American??? I dunno how well he’s across Aus hip-hop tho, oh well w/evs.)

Oh, also check out “the unbearable whiteness of Emceeing” which is about how Eminem ruined everything. I need to come back and finish reading this, bc its really, really good.