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Tag Archive: films

Oct 10 2013

Being a critic and being a fan

In my latest for Big Think, I argue that – in many cases – fandom runs counter to proper criticism. This can be about films, comics, games, whatever. Passion for the thing can blind us to its flaws, making any form of negative criticism (or, indeed, adaptation) tantamount to an attack in passionate fans’ eyes. …

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Sep 18 2013

Nerds, (fake) geeks, sluts and other “words”

“Geek”, “nerd”, “fake geek”. I just can’t understand these terms. I see them a lot, usually used harshly and usually at women. I’ve not been able to find out what people (read: usually very angry dudes) mean when they use these terms. I’m not seeking a definition as they see it, only; I’m also looking …

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