May 18th, 2008


Political coverage

Article from Vanity Fair on the press coverage of the 2000 Al Gore presidential campaign. It's a bit old, from October 2007, and in a way it wasn't anything I didn't already know, but it was nice to see it all laid out that way. And good to get the reminder that the press always does this, where they decide on a narrative about our presidential candidates, and then focus on the things that reinforce that narrative.

Also timely, given what's going on in the media around us now. The Chicago Tribune gives us a particularly striking column about the way that Hillary Clinton's campaign has been covered. The author, Julia Keller (who, I should note, is not a political writer but the paper's cultural critic), takes the charge way beyond sexism:

Revealed in the coverage of Clinton's campaign is the persistence of an ancient and distasteful cultural theme: the powerful, ambitious woman as cackling fiend, as fantastically terrifying ghoul threatening civilization. And because this creature (or "she-devil," as MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews called Clinton) is not human, the only solution is to kill it. Not just derail its career—obliterate it. Smash it to smithereens. Vaporize it. Leave not a trace of the foul beast behind. ...

This is not simply sexism or racism.... [I]t is not just a commentator's opinion about a person's fitness or unfitness for public office. It is not about using colorful, vivid language in order to wish that a person might or might not continue a campaign. It is an unprecedented public call--albeit metaphorically, but still violently and persistently--for a person's death.

Really sobering. A good read. And also thought-provoking to read the article about the Gore campaign right afterwards, and to note the following quote:

Chris Matthews... adds, "The last six years have been a powerful bit of evidence that we have to judge candidates for president on their preparation for the office with the same relish that we assess their personalities."

I guess this is one of those things that's a lot easier to say than to live.


My long-planned fanfic archive is finally ready to unveil onto my unsuspecting public!

Writings of an Owlmoose

Not quite everything is up there yet -- I need to collect and post my drabbles, and the three long multi-chapter works, and a couple of other random things -- but I'm pretty proud of how easily this came together for the most part. There are a few things up there that haven't been widely and/or publicly available before, mostly commentfic and such; in particular, I pulled together all my offerings for the Trick or Treat Battle and Kissing Battle 2008 into two hopefully-tidy packages, for your consideration:

Trick or Treat
Kissing Battle '08

This is also my official announcement that I no longer intend to post new stories on, although I will post the remaining chapters of "Aftermath" there (assuming I ever finish writing the damn thing). Between the annoying way in which they present ads and the war on punctuation, I have been done with them for awhile, and I'm happy to finally have an alternative.

I do not, however, intend to stop posting on LiveJournal; short fics will be posted here as always, and I'll announce anything longer here as well as posting it on the archive.

Thanks to everyone who helped me put this together, especially heyheyrenay for advice and encouragement! It is no exaggeration to say that I would never have done this without her.