In which Hank rebuts John’s stance on Batman by observing that Batman is not a fantasy of individuals, but a personification of anger and frustration at injustice AND our collective ability to act to make the world better.
And then he proposes his own reason for being frustrated with Batman…because if he (and every other title-card, mass-culture hero) is supposed to personify and thus represent all of us…why do they always represent the same groups over and over and over again?
In which John reveals why he thinks Batman kind of sucks, both as a billionaire and as a Superhero. A couple edits:
1. Obviously some crime is caused by horrible sociopathic monsters.
2. Bruce Wayne has done SOME constructive stuff for Gotham. Like he built a mass transit system, although it was of course later destroyed. But also, to be fair, Bruce Wayne did many other things for Gotham in some of the comics series, including funding hospitals and schools and the police department. (NOT IN THE MOVIES, THOUGH.)
3. I did not acknowledge the existence of my massive nose zit in this video. That was a mistake, and I apologize for it.
Why won’t China let Hong Kong have free elections? Has Hong Kong ever had free elections? What is Hong Kong even? Why can’t China just lay off? What’s going on here? Why can’t the world JUST BE STABLE!?
Thank you to Hong Kong Nerdfighters for helping keep me informed, and my research-helper people who have elected to remain unnamed despite the fact that they are some of the world’s foremost experts on China and totally just let me call them and chat.
Hello there, artists of nerdfighteria! After the success of the Nerdfighter Art Tier of last year’s Project for Awesome, I’m teaming up with the P4A team once again and need your help!
The P4A, as always, will be raising money to give to charities. However, some people have more time and talent to give than money (you know who you are) so we’d like to recruit you to provide creations for reward tiers in our IndieGoGo campaign. You create the artwork and it will be and sent to a fellow nerdfighter who claims the perk!
Ideally, you will be making 15+ items and you will be shipping them to Missoula, Montana to be distributed to the people who claimed the Nerdfighter Art Perk!
We’re looking for small, easily shipped items. This can include jewelry, knitwear, small plushies, small drawings and paintings, digital art prints, etc.
The pieces of art do not need to be nerdfighter-themed but it is highly encouraged!
The estimated worth of the art should be about $25-30 because the perk will be sold for $40. That’s not a strict amount, just keep it in mind when making your proposals!
If you’re interested, you need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10th with an example of what you have/will be creating and what quantity. A picture of it for us to see would be extra helpful when sorting through everyone’s submissions!
We will let you know if it’s reasonable and provide additional information around October 13th, giving you more than a month to complete your pieces.
We’re extremely excited to be working on this project again this year, we hope you’re excited too! ^-^
We can talk about abuse, we can talk about consent, but we can’t be the judges and juries of an entire community, which is what a video addressing specific occurrences and individuals would, in effect, be. I sometimes feel like people are asking me to become a special investigations unit imbued with the power to try and convict a person without ever leaving my bedroom. Doing that would be impossible, terrifying, and possibly illegal.
And so we make videos about these problems generally. I made a video about what consent is and is not. And I’d like to make a video about how manipulative relationships work.
But making comments about situations which are ongoing or currently in the legal system…making judgements about people and deciding who is right and wrong…I am not capable of that. I wish we knew everything and could make these things simple, but we can’t. Realizing this limitation and struggling within it part of what triggered me feeling pretty shitty this week.
I can say, however, that I am listening very carefully, and when it seems like creators might be using their power to take advantage of their fans, I am acting on that…I just might not be able to do it publicly.