Pam Noles: Shame|
It is amazing what comes and goes from the mind. In 2004 we ran a report on the Liverpool conference on post-Colonial SF, which mentioned cultural appropriation. We mentioned the 2006 Carl Brandon Awards in Emcit #129 and #131, and I remember the award ceremony at WisCon very clearly, but it looks like whatever I said about it was only on the blog as there's no con report for WisCon #30. I remember that Pam Noles article too. I'm pretty sure I blogged about it. But it takes something like RaceFail make bring such issues to the forefront of our minds.
Yeah, I noticed that Neil blogged about the Carl Brandon Awards in 2006 too, and I had started reading his blog by then.
I guess this just marks the difference in my mind between hearing about something (and perhaps thinking, "oh good, that sounds positive", and moving on), and really being aware of it.
Like, I know I was aware of the Earthsea casting thing at the time, but like the Avatar casting, it was kind of outside my particular focus since I don't watch TV.
I remember appreciating how you highlighted the work of all kinds of people I hadn't heard of before in Emerald City, but my memory for who they were and what you mentioned about them is less clear. :(
That's the way life is these days. We live in a world of information overload. Also to a certain extent of outrage overload. I don't think there's any real solution to this. Sometimes it helps if people get angry; other times getting angry just makes you enemies. So mostly I just keep dropping ideas into the conversation flow and hoping someone notices.