there is literally no difference between academic scholars discussing their interpretations of a text and a bunch of people yelling YOUR HEADCANON IS WRONG at each other
As a Masters student I can vouch for this.The difference is citations.
We talk a lot about exactly this on this week’s episode, which will be up tonight!
A lot of people have asked about my process doing research for medievalpoc. I use a lot of resources and tools that are readily available for anyone to use, and this is one of them. There are thousands of manuscripts available to just page through and zoom in on, as if you had the book right in front of you.
If the idea of searching through endless lists of titles and numbers is daunting to you, the Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Collection has a blog.
The blog makes topical posts with images of the manuscripts according to those topics, and then links to the full manuscripts, so you can go looking at them yourself:
They also have a Twitter.
One of the best things about medievalpoc is that I get to see people get excited about art and history, and if you decide you’d like to go exploring, this is a great place to do that. I think the manuscript viewer is relatively user-friendly, and there’s a ton of information about the histories of the manuscripts themselves there, too.
|Kaylee the most brilliant 7 year old artist :||Mom, in real life if Black Widow and Wonder Woman got married would Black Widow become a princess?|
|LP:||I bet Hippolyta would be OK with that.|
|K:||Then in this drawing I'm doing of their wedding they're both going to be wearing crowns.|
|LP:||Go for it.|
HEY EVERYONE my game, Grapple Force Rena, has just two weeks left to reach its modest $7000 goal, and this being a Kickstarter, it’s gotta be all or nothing! We’re already just about exactly 2/3 the way there, so I’d really appreciate it if you could help spread the word or consider making a contribution yourself! The game is totally free to play (and will remain so for everyone!) but backers will have plenty of extra benefits as thanks for their support, so please take a look!
Tim forgot to mention in this post that there’s a new level up on the web site! If you tried it before, please check out level 1-3! If you haven’t check it out at all yet, please give it a look! The goal is really modest and will let my buddy work on this game full-time if it’s reached!
The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in."