Politics of counting [3]

To count or not to count (e.g. Japanese authorities’ decision to exclude cases detected on the Diamond Princess from official statistics); to count independently or comparatively to other outbreaks; to focus on velocity of spread, fatalities, absolute proportions, or relative proportions, …

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources (The American Society for Microbiology, 5 February 2020)

I live in South Korea where coronavirus cases are rising. Not much has changed. (Robert E. Kelly, The National Interest, 22 February 2020)

Coronavirus: A visual guide to the outbreak (BBC, 23 February 2020)

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… and to do the counting in the open or not, …

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [10]

BBC Question Time slammed for platforming anti-immigrant hate (Sam Bright, 21 February 2020)

Every time I witness an instance of “bothsidesism”, I think of this clip. A lot.

(1:01) “[It’s] this kind of notion that everyone’s opinion is equally valid. My arse! A bloke who’s a professor of dentistry for 40 years does not have a debate with some idiot who removes his teeth with a string and a door.”

(4:25) “[After talking to a guy from NASA], for the sake of balance, we must now turn to Barry, who believes the sky is a carpet painted by God.”

Once the red pill is taken

There is an in-joke at my university that we have to mention “decolonisation” at least once a day. But the joke aside, it is true that I have become a lot more conscious of the issues while working here. As the internet saying goes, once the red pill is taken, there is no unlearning.

Why I am saying this is because the following article is a year old but I have only recently stumbled upon it, and I can’t get it out of my head since.

You’ll never see the iconic photo of the ‘Afghan Girl’ the same way again (Ribhu, Wired, 12 March 2019)

See also:

Starving Child and Vulture (photo by Kevin Carter, 1993)

Into the Heart: One Man’s Pursuit of Love and Knowledge among the Yanomami (Kenneth Good, 1991; crossposted 3 January 2017)

Natalie Portman opens up about experiencing “sexual terrorism” after starring in ‘Leon’ at 13 (Luke Morgan Britton, NME, 22 January 2018)

Decolonise science — time to end another imperial era (Rohan Deb Roy, The Conversation, 5 April 2018; crossposted 10 December 2018)

The disturbing story behind the rape scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, explained (Anna North, Vox, 26 November 2018)

A perfect Hollywood moment

A perfect Hollywood moment. A perfect #softpower moment. And a perfect #국뽕 moment.

In the meantime, the City of Seoul wastes no time.

Yes, come and see for yourselves banjiha and other sites of capitalist inequality.

Déjà vu, déjà entendu [9]

These two stories have showed up, literally one after the other, in my timeline.

Transgender student withdraws after getting accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University (The Korea Herald, 7 February 2020, via @koryodynasty and @BBC_Hyung)

This awful new app for ‘girls’ uses dystopian tech to identify gender and people are baffled (Independent, 7 February 2020, via @degendering)

I can’t stop wondering if there will ever be a reconciliation…

See also:

The controversy over Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and trans women, explained (Vox, 15 March 2017)

JK Rowling in row over court ruling on transgender issues (The Guardian, 19 December 2019)

Transphobic trolling scandal on the MLA’s CFP site (2020, via @VadoKarina)

Amia Srinivasan on What is a Woman? (Philosophy Bites, 1 January 2017)

Kathleen Stock on What is a Woman? (Philosophy Bites, 21 May 2019)

Sheila Jeffreys on Korea’s (non-existent) anti-discrimination law (Yeoldabooks, 6 February 2020)

Has the game changed? [2]

This year I have finally joined the world of video streaming. I am still only exploring different service providers, and I haven’t completely abandoned traditional TV, but it has been an interesting few months nevertheless, personally and professionally.

Here are a couple of items that resonate with my own observations.