Another Post, For it was Written in my Planner
April 22, 2011 § 4 Comments
…mapping out this weekend’s writing objectives, that is. Due to a few tanglebangs of the departmental variety, I’m only now starting to work on my Dickwolves MEGAPAPER. If my HASTAC lead-in post was any indication, it’s gonna be a doozy – nearly split my balls trying to frame Stanton’s article in a way that didn’t overstep the scope of a 500-word thought piece. Weirdly, the MEGAPAPER (one longer paper written for two separate Folklore classes) will probably give me less trouble than the HASTAC post, since I’ll have all the space in the world (well, considerably more space) to write my way into the topic and argument and whatever other weird thing I end up doing.
As it currently stands, my MEGAPAPER will consist of three sections: First, an overview of Stanton’s argument (well, statements) about “lady hating online trolls,” which is less about Stanton herself and more about the importance of context when dealing with online artifacts. The second section will provide context for both the Penny Arcade and girl gamer/feminist perspective. I won’t spend an excessive amount of time on either camp (since first of all, it’s not like there’s an Estados Unidos of Feminist Bloggers) but do want to explain what the comic was actually saying/trying to say and why certain factions might have taken such offense (short answer: video game culture is dick-centered enough already, the last thing anybody needs is yet another apparently sexist thing thrown into the misogyny pot). But what about the trolling response? Unlike the feminist backlash or PA’s response to the feminist backlash, which can be placed in fairly clear context fairly easily, the trolling response (which I won’t be linking to any particular forum, ahem /b/) is much trickier to pin down. -An issue I’ll be taking up in my third question. I’m still working out the details on this part, but have a basic schema in my head that might –well, intends to– provide an explanatory framework for highly problematic/offensive trolling humor. Per my super special MemeFactory friend Patrick (funded!), I’ll also be looking at Pedobear, one of trolldom’s most resilient and ubiquitous memes, which is similarly horrifying when considered literally (i.e. the mascot of child pornography and pedophilia generally).
In other words, it’s an ambitious project. This weekend I’ll be working on the basic framing of things, nothing too difficult — better to start slow, make sure footing is secure. Which is more about preemptive laziness than anything, I hate wasting effort on crap I end up having to cut.