About Michael J. Faris
Assistant Professor of English with research areas in digital literacy, privacy and social media, and queering rhetorics.
This blog serves as a place to think through things, record thoughts, share interesting stuff, and hold conversations. Welcome!
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“That the penalty for disowning whiteness appears to be more severe than the penalty for killing a…”
- Eula Biss, White Debt - The New York Times
Audrey Wollen on Sad Girl Theory:
Sad Girl Theory is a proposal — a gesture, a question — that’s structured around the idea that girls’ sadness and self destruction can be re-staged, re-read, re-categorised as an act of political resistance instead of an act of neurosis, narcissism, or neglect. This opens up an entirely new history of activism: what happens if we understand “revolt” as something that can be internal, personal, performed on our own bodies instead of anothers? Girls’ agency has been so dispersed and diluted throughout history; it makes sense to me that maybe the way we fight back has stopped mimicking the masculinised tactics of past revolutions. We can redefine what violence, activism, and autonomy can mean for girls by looking at the actions that are already so pervasive in girl-culture (self-hate, sorrow, suffering, and even suicide) and asserting them as scenes of protest. (via Audrey Wollen On Art, Sadness & Internet Girl Culture | Fashion Magazine | News. Fashion. Beauty. Music. | oystermag.com)
“Why is our language so eccentric? Just what is this thing we’re speaking, and what happened to make it this way?” The Week provides a brief and accessible history of the English language. (via English is weird)
253/365/2015 good friends
352/365/2015 I can’t believe I spent so much time today playing Katy Perry’s new game