Monday News: Apple’s storage space problem, Sci-Fi Romance, “nerd entitlement,” and notable pop culture moments of 2014
The complaint, which seeks class action status for others who purchased 16GB devices, further accuses Apple pushing users to its paid iCloud storage plans to store things like photos when they run out of room on the device. It also accuses Apple of not working with third-party storage vendors and desktop file transfer utilities for customers to be able to offload their files.
“Using these sharp business tactics, [Apple] gives less storage capacity than advertised, only to offer to sell that capacity in a desperate moment, e.g., when a consumer is trying to record or take photos at a child or grandchild’s recital, basketball game or wedding,” it says. “To put this in context, each gigabyte of storage Apple shortchanges its customers amounts to approximately 400-500 high resolution photographs.” –The Verge
If an SFR doesn’t take into account the possibility of technology-influenced societal and cultural change in some way, then readers may have difficulty suspending disbelief. It’s a complex creative issue, and some stories seem to struggle with how to depict said changes, especially those related to female sexuality and gender roles. For example, a far future hero may say he prefers sexually experienced partners, but the story communicates a different value when it pairs him with a virgin heroine.
Some SFR stories function to project an author’s worldview, either consciously or unconsciously. Or the stories are processing contemporary issues such as gender role imbalances. A few authors may be purposefully writing allegorical stories—all valid. –Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly
What can I say? This is a strange and difficult age, one of fast-paced change and misunderstandings. Nerd culture is changing, technology is changing, and our frameworks for gender and power are changing – for the better. And the backlash to that change is painful as good, smart people try to rationalise their own failure to be better, to be cleverer, to see the other side for the human beings they are. Finding out that you’re not the Rebel Alliance, you’re actually part of the Empire and have been all along, is painful. Believe me, I know. (Although I always saw myself as an Ewok). We bring our broken hearts and blue balls to the table when we talk gender politics, especially if we are straight folks. Consent and the boundaries of consent – desire and what we’re allowed to speak of desire – we’re going to have to get better, braver and more honest, we’re going to have to undo decades of toxic socialisation and learn to speak to each other as human beings in double quick time.
And most of all, we’re going to have to make like Princess Elsa and let it go – all that resentment. All that rage and entitlement and hurt. Socialisation makes that process harder still for men. The road ahead will be long. I believe in you. I believe in all of us. Nerds are brilliant. We are great at learning stuff. We can do anything we put our minds to, although I suspect this thing, this refusing to let the trauma of nerdolescence create more violence, this will be hardest of all. –New Statesman
18. #GamerGate got a second wind
It started in 2012 when Anita Sarkeesian spoke out about the presence and portrayal of women in videogames, after which she was brutally attacked online. Some even went so far as to create a game that allows players to beat her up. Two years later, the death threats against her continue. But a similar case of misogyny and online harassment happened in August, when an ex-boyfriend alleged that Zoe Quinn, a videogame developer, slept with a Nathan Grayson, a game reviewer for Kotaku, to get a positive review of Depression Quest. Since then, Quinn’s been the victim of online attacks and rape and death threats. And women who’ve spoken out in support of people like Quinn and Sarkeesian have been attacked ruthlessly. Many people cited ethics in journalism as the real problem at hand, but that’s a secondary issue at best. Let’s just hope that GamerGate — the name for the online assault of female game critics, developers, and bloggers — dies in 2015. And in case you were wondering, there’s still no proof that Grayson ever reviewed Depression Quest. –Think Progress