Friday News: Net Neutrality vote, Scarlett Johansson sues over French novel, Chipotle offers free fiction, and Rebecca Solnit on mainsplaining
FCC Advances Controversial Proposal on Net Neutrality – The FCC voted 3 to 2 to move forward with its current proposal (a link to which can be found in the article). Among the proposal’s elements is the potential for so-called “Internet fast lanes,” which net neutrality proponents have been fighting against.
An earlier Mashable post includes a neat little video that gives the basics of net neutrality in about a minute. You can access it here.
The proposal also asks for public comment on a second, more dramatic option — reclassifying broadband service as a public utility, making it eligible for stricter regulation including a ban on pay-for-preference deals. That move would please net neutrality advocates. –Mashable
Scarlett Johansson sues author of novel that ‘stole her image’ – This is a pretty interesting situation. Scarlett Johansson is suing French author Grégoire Delacourt and his publisher JC Lattés over their novel, La Première Chose qu’On Regarde (The First Thing We Look At), which features a woman who suffers in life because she resembles Johansson. It presents an interesting dilemma, because the book is not ostensibly about Johansson, but it does invoke her. She’s suing for €50,000 (£41,000 or $68,585) in damages for “fraudulent” use of her name and image, as well as defamation.
“We have never known anything like it. It is all the more surprising for the fact that the novel is not even about Scarlett Johansson.
“It is about a woman who is Scarlet Johansson’s double. This writ seems crazy to us.”
Mr Delacourt is one of France’s most successful modern writers. His previous novel, My List of Desires, sold 450,000 copies, was translated into 47 languages and is to be adapted as a film in France. –The Telegraph
Chipotle Cups Will Now Feature Stories by Jonathan Safran Foer, Toni Morrison, and Other Authors – Crass commercialism or clever catalyst of cultural literacy? Either way (or both ways), this is a pretty interesting idea. As of yesterday, bags and cups from Chipotle will host original stories from a handful of authors, all chosen by Jonathan Safran Foer and unedited by Chipotle executives. You can read a sample in the Vanity Fair story.
Jonathan Safran Foer was sitting at a Chipotle one day, when he realized that he had nothing to do while noshing on his burrito. He had neglected to bring a book or magazine, and he didn’t yet own a smartphone. “I really just wanted to die with frustration,” Foer told VF Daily.
Suddenly, the Eating Animals author (and vegetarian) had an idea: What if there were something truly good to read on his Chipotle cup? Or the bag? –Vanity Fair
Cultural Studies: Here, let me explain mansplaining (and Rebecca Solnit) to you – A fantastic article about mansplaining, and more specifically, about Rebecca Solnit’s book on the subject. Solnit, who has actually had men explaining her own work to her, has written a book of essays, Men Explain Things To Me, not just about the act of mansplaining, but about the power issues that such explanations reflect, and the very real effect these imbalances have on women.
In stark terms, when men explain things — assuming they already know what’s going on and refusing to listen — a woman’s chance of survival goes down. This is pure statistics, as Solnit shows throughout the book: approximately 1,000 women are murdered by their partner or spouse (or former partners) every year — “meaning that every three years the death toll tops 9/11’s casualties,” . . . –National Post