can you not differentiate between art and the media…

those are terrible examples

what you are looking for is -cinema, -fashion design, -computer graphics

you could have said, album covers, poster design, music, architecture, color theory, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics

your fucking dish ware is art

Many things in media are art. Acting, screenplays, scripts, etc. 

If you want to split hairs even though it seems that we both agree, so be it. 


a lot of art is splitting hairs though its really unfortunate

I used TV and movies as examples since they affect us way more than many of the examples you gave (mainly ceramics, dish ware, color theory, architecture.)

The only other stark example that you gave of an art form that affects society is music. (But things such as album covers, poster design, and computer graphics are importnat too.)

the same thing could be argued for the examples i chose, every building you’ve ever stepped foot in has an artist behind the design, if it weren’t for ceramics you’d have nothing to eat your food in except your hands, every play or movie you’ve ever watched has a lighting department behind it and they learn all about color theory- its things behind the scenes that no one thinks of, no one realizes that art actually took a part in their daily lives. you did choose the more obvious, but also more vague examples, sure, there are plenty of things such as acting that involve art as well as tv, but to a person unfamiliar with the idea it’s not a very convincing angle. the very fact that we’re arguing about what form of art is more relevant to the average person’s life, that’s something people have discussed for centuries and still haven’t agreed on anything

I get what your saying about how the art that you mentioned plays a big part in our lives, but that’s not what the point of my post was. It’s obvious that the design of a building makes our lives more efficient, or that the lighting in a movie makes for more pleasant viewing. 

But those are not the things that shape how we view the world around us. 

Things like ceramics and architecture do not have the power to enforce or dismantle stereotypes. They don’t have the power to make us think deeply about how we interact with people, or how we should treat people. They don’t affect our thought process in the same profound ways television, music, literature, or cinema might. Ceramics and architecture do not teach us.

Much of television today currently contributes to sexism and racism by lack of inclusion or stereotyping. There is also television that teaches children to share their toys and love their neighbors. There is literature that enforces stereotypes about the BDSM lifestyle, and there is literature that raises awareness about terminal illnesses and the struggles families go through. 

To be frank, things like architecture, ceramics, color theory, and dish ware do not affect us in the same way, and are therefore not relevant to the point I’m making.

As for your statement about this not being a very convincing angle to a lay person, this is why I talk about it. When someone tells me that they don’t understand why what they hear on the radio or see on TV is important, then I explain it to them. It’s easy to explain to a person how art in media affects their lives when you use historical examples about how media has affected the lives of people in the past, such as WWII propaganda or the representation of black people in early entertainment.

Lastly, I don’t really believe we’re arguing so much as just talking about different angles. You seem to be addressing the surface of how art affects us (i.e. My aerodynamic car gets me places faster, or I eat with this fork that someone designed.), and I’m addressing the deeper side. (i.e. Sesame Street encourages children to treat everyone with respect, or women represented as sexual objects on TV contributes to sexism.)

Both “types” of art are relevant. They just address different sides of the spectrum. 

y’all realize martial law is back in ferguson right


there’s an armored convoy about tossing tear gas now so much for that fucking “resolution” earlier today


don’t let this shit die. we still don’t have justice and even at that police CONTINUE to oppress the people so quit it and start paying attention again. open your eyes.





Kameron Slade, a fifth-grader from Queens, NY, was scheduled to deliver a speech as part of a school-wide competition at PS 195. But when the principal learned Kameron’s speech was about same-sex marriage, he was ordered to choose a new topic or lose the opportunity to speak. (via)

ETA - Update: Kameron will now be giving his speech to the whole school at a special assembly on Monday.

My heart

My kid will be this cool

I don’t think you understand how fucking amazing this kid is, in the first gif he immediately shows himself to be more understanding of these issues and of the actual terminology of the debate by saying “same gender marriage” instead of “same sex marriage” therefore including an entire wave of activism in the form of pushing through the thought that it should be gender and not sex, allowing gay trans people to also get married and be recognized and to deconstuct the idea of sex=gender. I love this kid. I love this kid so very much. 


Sometimes when I say “I’m okay”, what I really want is for someone to hold my hand, look me in the eyes and say “I know that you’re not okay, here is $1000.00”.


Y’all we gotta look out for each other. I know pretty everyone can’t drop what they’re doing and go to Ferguson but we can spread the news via social media. The only reason why this story ia in the mainstream media is because of twitter and IG. Don’t let this atory die and don’t forget to spread stories like this that they won’t put on the news. #ferguson



In “Illegal” I wanted to take that same sort of story - a girl from Mexico who has an abusive father and no future worth speaking of makes a split second decision with her mother to leave it behind in favor of a chance to do or be something better.  But what I also wanted to do was bring in the current landscape of modern technology, government surveillance, and the increasingly ridiculous state of immigration reform in the US.

The thing that always bothers me about sci-fi stories is that we come in so late in the story.  We only really see and learn about the government corruption and abuse when it threatens the life of our well to do young white and male protagonist.  That’s not the beginning.  First they isolate the outsiders: the poor, the sick, the powerless, the minorities.  If the government is turning against the young strong white men, then a lot has already gone down.  Where are the stories of the sick who were experimented on?  Where are the stories of the minorities whose cries of racism were ignored?  Where are the stories of the ones who aren’t missed when the government turns on them, because the government convinced you that their very presence was illegal?

What resulted was “Illegal”, a story about Gianna Delrey - a young woman who is living outside the system and in constant danger of being arrested and detained just for daring to exist in America.  But the America she knows is one where the rich live high above the ground in rooftop villas and build themselves neighborhoods they never have to leave hundreds of feet in the air.  One where the poor and undocumented are forced to live off the scraps and face constant harassment from the authorities.

But in a world where every move of every citizen is tracked - from their location to their purchases to who they meet - being invisible can present an interesting opportunity in the right hands.  And when one of her upper class employers decides to turn on her, Gianna finds herself on the run and falling in with a group that deals in black market identities.  

I wanted to see the insane chases through the skyscrapers the make up the city.  I wanted to add elements of parkour and sci-fi action.  In a world that’s packed full of people stacked into massive buildings, it’s possible to have a foot chase hundreds of feet in the air.  Gianna will be jumping out of apartment skyscrapers and onto rooftop gardens with no net and no chance of rescue.  Gianna and her new friends will be using the skyscrapers under which they’ve been buried as their paths weapons and escape routes.


When Jeremy pitched to me Illegal I was immediately grabbed by the concept, and the fact that GIanna was the female lead. For a while I had wanted to draw a comic with a woman main character, and I was glad that I was able to collaborate with Jeremy on the project. The script was very in depth and explored a lot of politics that we deal with today –racism, sexism, abuse, and the immigrant system. It was a very powerful piece that I think comic books fans today would thoroughly enjoy. Illegal is smart, daring, and different. It stood out to me, and I I am confident others will feel the same.

Crossing fingers. Nononono, MAKE IT HAPPEN.


A transparent dragon for your blog, because the world needs more kitty dragons.


Man waving a Palestinian flag in Ferguson “because they supported St. Louis.”



Hand Over That Jellyfish! by LexiMomo

Character: Kuranosuke Koibuchi

Series: Princess Jellyfish


When an undercover officer saw Monica Jones, a black transgender woman, walking down the street just a few blocks from her house, in an area that the officer described as being “known for prostitution,” that was enough to convince him that she intended to engage in prostitution. It was on that basis that he approached and stopped her.

In April of this year, Monica was convicted of violating this overbroad and vague law. Today she appeals that conviction, and the ACLU, along with other advocacy and civil rights organizations, filed a brief in support of her appeal.

We #StandWithMonica because transgender women of color should be able to walk down the street in their neighborhoods without being arrested, or worse, for simply being themselves.

When Walking Down the Street is a Crime. Chase Strangio, ACLU






That’s sign says it all did you get chills? I did.

That sign is  gut wrenching

The first signage is so on point.


"Hitachi Seaside Park is a sprawling 470 acre park located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, that features vast flower gardens including millions of daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and an estimated 4.5 million baby blue eyes (Nemophila). The sea on blue flowers blooms once annually around April in an event referred to as the “Nemophila Harmony.”



David Suzuki in this interview about facing the reality of climate change and other environmental issues from Moyers & Company.







Lesbian Jewish-Hindu Wedding 

This is both gorgeous and adorable.

The caption delights me.

The level of cuteness in this needs to stop.


I like the modern and traditional dresses together, that’s so cool!

My eldest daughter, Suldana, is in love with another woman. She is eighteen and she spends her days working at our kiosk selling milk and eggs, and at night she sneaks out and goes down to the beach to see her lover. She crawls back into bed at dawn, smelling of sea and salt and perfume. Suldana is beautiful and she wraps this beauty around herself like a shawl of stars. When she smiles her dimples deepen and you can’t help but be charmed. When she walks down the street men stare and whistle and ache. But they cannot have her. Every day marriage proposals arrive with offers of high dowries but I wave them away. We never talk about these things like mothers and daughters should; but I respect her privacy and I allow her to live. —

Diriye Osman, “Fairytales For Lost Children.” (via ashgureey)

Wow indeed.

(via queenhijab)