Do your research, especially in an article when you're criticising someone for not doing their research:"Now, this has an imperfect mirror in a situation that unfolded a little while ago about a dude not in the video games industry but rather the pen-and-paper games industry where said dude made some link-bait, button-pushing commentary about how rape is a wonderful plot device and how it’s okay because women have rape fantasies and — well, whatever."
More about how precisely this sort of reaction is 'dumb' and made without thinking and about WHY rape is such a powerful plot device. The point about women and rape fantasies is twofold - one that we don't assume that women want to be raped simply because they have these fantasies and two that there is a ready audience for this kind of material who would be ill served by ignoring it. Amongst them the many lovely and talented lady writers who were in the trenches with me during the BannedWriters campaign."Point is, he was then surprised that his link-bait took and the buttons he pushed were actually hooked up to something (like, say, The Internet), and when the rain of shit was just a drizzle he found no shelter and instead kept pushing buttons. The shit-rain fell harder and harder until a petition arose to get him canned from one of his publishers. At that point said game-writer dude dug his heels in even deeper and then made some comments about the very real rape-threats against the petition-writer that were ill-advised, and, lo and behold, he got canned from his publisher, oops.
Surprised? No. Disappointed that people don't read? Yes. Especially when it's down to other authors. Also disappointed in that libellous petition and that fellow creatives apparently come out in favour of censorship and don't do their research.
I wasn't canned. That's a fairly important point right there.http://postmortemstudios.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/postmortem-studios-revised-statement/