Friday News: Comic Con, copyright, sex emojis, and punctuation
Brands and Fans Flock to Biggest New York Comic Con Yet – With 169,000 tickets sold for the New York City Comic Con, there was a lot going on at this year’s event. Lots of cosplay (as usual), a resurgence of manga (with Mavashi Kishimoto attending), and so-called “branded ‘activations,’” which consisted of major brands, like Progressive Insurance, creating “tie-ins” that would supposedly appeal to millennials. This frankly sounds like more rationalization for amped up advertising, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of griping about it.
As in years past, the crowding didn’t crimp the enthusiasm of the thousands of avid fans who showed up for panels, signings and spectacle. Panels were standing room only and even with only five minutes left in the show late on Sunday, thousands of fans were still roaming the floor. Issues around diversity in comics–from race to gender to sexual orientation—drove a lot of programming. There were panels focused on gay manga and others targeting black, LGBTQ, transgender and Asian-American representation in mainstream comics, and the ones attended by PW were all packed with the lively and variegated face of a new generation of comics fandom. – Publishers Weekly
How Bad Copyright Law Makes Us Less Safe… And How Regulators Have It All Backwards – So if you’ve been following the Volkswagen scandal, you know that what the company was basically doing was adapting the software in their vehicles to change the emissions setting for official testing, making it seem like the levels were lower than they were. One argument is that because the software was considered unriggable, VW’s tampering was only belatedly discovered. One of the larger problems here is that this situation is indicative of the horrendous state of copyright law, and the limits that are imposed on things like car software, which not only makes research and innovation much more difficult, but can actually endanger the environment and, by extension, people’s lives. As Techdirt points out, there is a profound misunderstanding of how the DMCA, in particular, continues to undermine the long-term goal for copyright protection – to foster more, not less, creative production.
But, really, the fact that the FDA and the EPA are making these arguments is a real sign of just how broken our copyright law is and how little many regulators understand innovation, technology and intellectual property. The EPA and the FDA come from a world of “permission-only innovation.” They are both focused solely on setting up laws that “prevent bad stuff” usually through setting up testing regimes. But those regimes can be gamed — and they don’t seem to recognize that by allowing permissionless innovation to happen, it also opens up worlds of useful research and beneficial innovations, both of which could do a lot more to prevent the kinds of harm that the EPA and the FDA think they’re preventing by opposing these exemptions.
There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of innovation in this setup — where regulators think that the unknown must be “dangerous” and should be prevented until proven okay. But, as history has shown, such a setup only opens up all sorts of games that the big knowledgeable players can use to dance around those regulations, and no real way for outsiders to call them on it (or to create better alternatives). – Tech Dirt
These emoji celebrate your unique penis – Some of Flirtmoji’s new collection of 290 sexual emojis (and there are plenty of vaginas, too), seem made for some steamy sexting in Romance or Erotica. In particular, there are some “surrealist sex dream” emojis that are pretty creative. Secondary question: how often do people text or sext in contemporary romance?
Inspired by genitalia photos on Tumblr, cinematic shots in porn and a number of unusual Google searches, Flirtmoji’s penis emoji are an attempt to make a wide range of diverse and inclusive art. . . .
Launched in 2014, Flirtmoji is a way for people of many sexualities to communicate their desires through a variety of inclusive sex emoji, which can be copied from the website and pasted into a text message. – Mashable
Comma Queen: Space, the Final Frontier – So let’s do an informal poll here: do you use one space or two after a period? (I use one, unless I’m writing for someone who uses two). According to Mary Norris, only those over 60 still use two, but in my workplace, there are plenty of people in their early 30s who are still using two spaces, and some older folks who use one. So I don’t buy the generational thing. – The New Yorker