1. … says Anil Dash, in a widely cited post on the next era of the Web.

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  1. Marvel has opportunities to introduce diverse characters in it’s films; the studio just isn’t taking them. The Avengers superhero team, while heavily skewed to white male members, has also had several women members, members of color, and even women of color on the team–like Mantis! The Guardians of the Galaxy team also features several women superheroes.

    When characters of color like Warhammer are included, they do not cross over to other films. (When New York City was under siege in The Avengers, why didn’t anyone think to call in Rhodey?) Any story revolving around SHIELD could have easily inserted Chinese American hero Jimmy Woo, Agent of SHIELD; instead, fans were introduced to a new character, SHIELD agent Phil Coulson. While Phil Coulson proved to be a fan favorite, this new character was again portrayed by a white actor. Marvel also had the opportunity to cast a Latina actress to depict Maria Hill, which would have broken the streak of half a dozen movies with no women of color or Latino characters. It’s mind boggling that a film like The Avengers, set in the metropolitan United States, featured a ton of white guys, two women, and one black guy. The only hope for saving the world from alien invaders was a team that barely represented it.

    — Marissa Lee writes "On Marvel, Mandarin and Marginalization" for Racebending.com.

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    Reblogged from theatlantic

    theatlantic:

Why Porn and Journalism Have the Same Big Problem

The smut business just isn’t what it used to be. 
The early days of the Internet were a bonanza for major pornography studios, as the web transformed adult entertainment into an instant, unlimited, and completely private experience — always just a credit card charge and a cable modem away. But what the Internet giveth, the internet taketh away. As the most recent Bloomberg Businssweek recounts in its feature on the rise of the new and controversial .XXX domain, the big production companies have seen their profits shrink by as much as half since 2007, as audiences have fled to aggregators such as XTube and YouPorn that offer up a never-ending stream of free naked bodies. […]
In other words, convincing people to pay for to watch sex is a bit like getting them to pay for a newspaper.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]


I guess we’ll all know it when we see it. Right? — tanya b.  View in High-Res

    theatlantic:

    Why Porn and Journalism Have the Same Big Problem

    The smut business just isn’t what it used to be. 

    The early days of the Internet were a bonanza for major pornography studios, as the web transformed adult entertainment into an instant, unlimited, and completely private experience — always just a credit card charge and a cable modem away. But what the Internet giveth, the internet taketh away. As the most recent Bloomberg Businssweek recounts in its feature on the rise of the new and controversial .XXX domain, the big production companies have seen their profits shrink by as much as half since 2007, as audiences have fled to aggregators such as XTube and YouPorn that offer up a never-ending stream of free naked bodies. […]

    In other words, convincing people to pay for to watch sex is a bit like getting them to pay for a newspaper.

    Read more. [Image: Reuters]

    I guess we’ll all know it when we see it. Right? — tanya b. 

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  1. Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins argues that conservative media outlets are being newly aggressive in reporting black-on-white violence.

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  1. It’s probably safe to say Jelani Cobb disagrees with Kathleen Parker. Interesting to read these two perspectives back-to-back.

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  1. Obama has a record as president and can be challenged on that record. Raising [Jeremiah] Wright now would have been a serious miscalculation and would have been interpreted as attempting to inspire racial animus. But it is unfair to smear [Republican political strategist Fred] Davis as a racist, as some have suggested.

    — Kathleen Parker, “Is mentioning Jeremiah Wright racist?”

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  1. (Source: colorlines.com)

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