Links For October 8, 2014

Transparent creator Jill Soloway on her great new Amazon series

So, similarly, by just reversing the polarity of everything onset and taking the people who are normally otherized the most, which are extras.... So when I was doing “Afternoon Delight,” I would give speeches to the extras welcoming them to spend the day making art together and for them to see themselves as living art, as pieces of a painting and inspiring them to come alive when the camera rolled, as opposed to striking fear in the heart that they were going to do something wrong, the way they were normally treated.... Like there’s nobody here that we’re allowed to be mean to. So the privileging of the other became this sort of mantra for the mood.


Etsy’s Trying to Fix Tech’s Women Problem. Why Aren’t You?

Rather than sit around and wait for female students to sign up, Harvey Mudd made its introductory computer science course mandatory, and then actively encouraged students to sign up for the second. In a similar quest to stock its own talent pool, Etsy sponsors a summer Hacker School, which offers grants to women looking to amp up their engineering skills. And training programs are built into General Assembly’s business model. All three now have ready access to a pool of qualified but up-and-coming women technologists.


You Don’t Have to Be Pretty

If you are clean, are covered enough to avoid a citation for public indecency, and have bandaged any open wounds, you can wear any color or style you please, if it makes you happy. I was going to make a handy prettiness decision tree, but pretty much the end of every branch was a bubble that said “tell complainers to go to hell” so it wasn’t much of a tool.


Intel buckles to anti-feminist campaign by pulling ads from gaming site

Organizers of the campaign exhorted people to contact companies that advertise on video game-focused websites such as Gamasutra and Kotaku in order to complain about five specific articles that suggested the concept of the “gamer” as an identity was fading away. In this case, their efforts were successful.

Intel issues apology after backlash from #GamerGate opponents

The statement doesn’t signal an about face on Intel’s part, however, since the original ads haven’t reappeared on Gamasutra. Considering the fact that #GamerGate has ballooned well beyond the scope of gaming and into the murky realm of corruption in the industry, it’s easy to assume that Intel was snowed by the issue’s complexity. Still, given how much of the movement is devoted to harassing female gamers in the space, the statement rings a little hollow.


US military can learn from game marketing, says ex-Call Of Duty director – what the actual eff.

“We market it, and we market it as much as we can - so that whether people like it or not, we do all the things we can to essentially brainwash people into liking it before it actually comes out.”… “I look at the US military and government, ironically, as having some of the very same problems as what the Call of Duty franchise has,” Anthony continued. “We are both on top of our game. We are both the best in the world at what we do. We both have enemies who are trying to take us down at any possible opportunity. But the difference is, we know how to react to that.”


We Need The BBC In Videogames

We need to move quickly on to more fundamental questions about what videogames are, how they can help society, how they have helped society, and make that debate as relevant and vital to people everywhere as the debate over the future of television was during the 1940s. If the BBC can’t do it as is, we ought to do it instead.