Deconstruction Round Up, December 28th, 2012

(by froborr)

Sorry this is going up so late, work was actually busy enough that I couldn’t take a break to work on this, and then I had a sick fiancee to take care of when I got home.

Amarie: Amarie’s Dreamjournal

50 Shades of Gray (No index page, category, or tag)

Nothing new since last time.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Apocalypse Review: Apocalypsereview’s Blog

Multiple Deconstructions:

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

Clevernamepending: Something Short and Snappy

50 Shades of Grey: First Post

Since last time: 50 Shades Darker Chapter 3

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

The Left Behind Series: First Post

Nothing new since last time. A new NRA post is due today; I will update after it goes up.

Edit: NRA: We’re back in the car again

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: First Post

Since last time: Those ponies over there are watchin’ me! (Call of the Cutie)

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

InsertAuthorHere: Um… InsertAuthorHere

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:

Season 1 (complete)

Season 2 (complete)

Season 3 (ongoing) Apple Family Reunion

Thoughts on Ponies (ongoing)

Justice_Turtle: ReadAllTheNewberys

Newbery winners / Honor Book: First post

Nothing new since last time.

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Left Behind: The Kids: First Post

Since last time:
Not Very Snarkworthy
Running out of Ways to Alleviate my Boredom

Nathaniel: Politics, Prose and Other Things

Caves of Steel: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Eragon: First Post

Eragon: Chapter 31
Eragon: Chapter 32

PersonalFailure: Forever in Hell

Elsie Dinsmore: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Philip Sandifer: TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue

Doctor Who: First Post

Since last time: Pop Between Realities, Home in Time for Tea 49 (Jonathan Creek)
Clinging to the Skin of this Tiny Little World (The TV Movie)
(Content Warning: Newtown, CT shooting and media response thereto)
Splendid Chap, All of Them (The Dying Days)

Ross: A Mind Occasionally Voyaging

Captain Power: First Post

Nothing new since last time.

Yamikuronue: Raven Wings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if the Long Count and/or Long Cat ends, or for more or less any reason really.

7 thoughts on “Deconstruction Round Up, December 28th, 2012

  1. froborr December 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Just wanted to mention as an aside, TARDIS Eruditorum’s review of the Doctor Who TV Movie linked above is one of the most interesting things I’ve read about the Newtown/Sandy Hook shooting. Sandifer is a lifelong resident of Newtown, and his very personal take on it is a powerful indictment of the way our culture uses Grand Narratives to obliterate the uniqueness of events and stories and fit them into our tidy lives without disruption.

  2. L. Ross Raszewski (@lraszewski) December 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I wasn’t comfortable mentioning it there, but I spent some time reading Sandifer’s defunct Nintendo blog, and came across this passage which seems especially tragic in hindsight:

    Growing up, I had several friends who did karate. But what this meant in practice was that a spiritual discipline – which is basically what karate is – turned into a way of making eight year old white boys feel like badasses. Which, let’s face it, is not exactly a case of addressing a genuine problem. Nobody has gone around elementary schools saying “You know what the problem here is? The boys just don’t have enough opportunities to be physically aggressive.”

    (from Elsewhere There Be Dragons)

    It just makes me want to something unpleasant to happen to Charlotte Allen all over again.

  3. froborr December 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

    @L. Ross: Way back in high school, a friend of mine posited that conservatives just plain don’t believe in nonviolent solutions; that they believe that all problems are either insolvable or can only be solved with violence.

    I assured him he was exaggerating.

    Now I’m not so sure.

  4. anamardoll December 29, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    @ L. Ross,

    Wishing harm — even karmic harm — on another person is not appropriate in this safe space, and particularly not in a conversation that is about how to overcome the glorification of violence in our culture.

  5. Timothy (TRiG) December 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    “a way of making eight year old white boys feel like badasses”

    Y’know, I’ve never learned any form of martial art, but it was my understanding that most of them can be taught that way, but don’t have to be.


  6. froborr December 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    I suspect that, while how it’s taught matters, how it’s learned matters, too. I’ve read the article that excerpt was from; it’s mostly about how Japanese culture was a major foundation of 1980s American pop culture, yet Othered at the same time.

  7. Firedrake December 29, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    As far as NRA goes…

    Does Jenkins think there’s a difference between “four-wheel drive” and “all-wheel drive”? (Note: to the best of my knowledge, Range Rover have never made a six-wheeled car.) Why would he use both terms in successive sentences?

    Why doesn’t Buck pray? It would be totally in keeping with the style of these books that he should; he’s done it before in situations that… ah, situations that would be perilous to him. Has he ever actually prayed for Chloe before?

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